SMPTE seeks to standardise 3D

By Julian Clover

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has published the findings of its task force on 3D to the home.

The US-based organisation has said it will now undertake the generation of specifications for a 3D Home Master that would create a single feed into the home and carry content from mobile, DVD, streaming, terrestrial and cable and satellite devices.

The key requirement is for a video resolution of 19201080 and native frame rates up to and including 60p per eye view. The importance of backward compatibility to existing 3D content has been underlined by the organisation.

SMPTE plans to work with other relevant standards development organizations, as well as industry consortia and forums. In Europe alone a variety of organisations are looking to exert their influence on the infant 3D market. These include the DVB, EBU and Digital TV Group.

SMPTE intends to align terminology and concepts with other organisations and will now look into how the introduction of 3D technology might impact other SMPTE standards work.