Avid Technology is reportedly quietly researching technology that would support 3-D stereoscopic feature editors, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Filmmakers in 3-D have identified editorial as an area that needs more development and attention, so the leading editing system manufacturer is working on prototype 3-D tools.
Several customers already have prototypes, which include tools for its MetaFuse transcoding application and a Media Composer command allowing an editor to designate 3-D output. The MetaFuse tool would allow an editor to cut 2-D but media files would contain information for both eyes in an 'over and under' method.
Avid is also looking into a way for editors to see 3-D on a 3-D display while cutting, as well as a method of providing 3-D support in its Avid DS Nitris conforming system.
Early tech demonstrations were held Monday at a private event in Los Angeles.
Avid is not a part of NAB 2008, but is hosting some customer events at the exhibition. They reportedly do not have plans to present their 3-D research at NAB.