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3D Society Announces 2014 Technology Award Winners

Fifth annual technology and new product award winners are among 19 companies from 10 countries and include SuperD, Disney, Dolby, Barco, Prime Focus World and Panasonic; Hollywood technology pioneer John Rupkalvis receives 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

LOS ANGELES -- The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society honored nineteen companies and organizations today for "Advancing the Entertainment Industry through Technology," during the Society's 5th Annual Entertainment Technology and New Product Awards luncheon ceremony held at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.

The Society's Technology Awards Committee votes annually in selecting products and systems, which through their "innovation and impact" make movies and content more exciting and successful.

"This year, our committee was amazed at the range of entries, from lasers to hologram technology," said Society Awards Chairman Buzz Hays, Studio Chief of the True Image Company. "These are amazing technologies that will be captivating movie fans and TV audiences in the next few years."

Honored with the Society's Lumiere statuettes were Barco for its DP4K-60L Laser Projector, Walt Disney Studios Technologies and partners ARRI and Fraunhofer Institute Berlin for their new Tri-Focal 3D Camera System, Dolby Labs for its new extended dynamic range Dolby Vision, Prime Focus World for its 3D Hybrid Stereo Pipeline, Volfoni 3D for its SmartCrystal Diamond theater system, Panasonic for three new 4K cameras and recorders, and View Holographics from the UK for its hologram technology system.

"The nineteen companies honored came from brilliant teams in ten countries including the US, China, Japan, Korea, England, Wales, France, Belgium, Germany, and Canada," said Society President Jim Chabin. "Hollywood and all of us in entertainment are being enriched by a truly global marketplace of brilliant new ideas for making our content more exciting for audiences everywhere," he added.

A 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to John Rupkalvis of Los Angeles for his "pioneering development of motion picture and television products and systems."

In presenting the award, Society Co-Founder Lenny Lipton said, "John is a legend to 3D and other hardware designers and inventors, but he isn't well known to the fans and audiences who have thrilled at the on-screen magic that his technology has made possible over the last seven decades."


Lumiere Statuette Awards Were Presented To:

  • Adobe - Creative Cloud/Speed Grade
  • Barco - DP4K-60L Laser Projector 
  • BitSpeed - Concurrency 
  • Blackmagic Design - UltraStudio 4K
  • Walt Disney Studios - Trifocal Camera
  • Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Intstitute - Trifocal Camera
  • ARRI - Trifocal Camera 
  • Dolby Laboratories - Dolby Vision - EDR
  • DVS - Clipster
  • Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute - STAN System 
  • Gener8 - GPU-Accelerated Video In-Painting Occlusion Filling
  • MasterImage 3D - MI-HORIZON3D
  • Panasonic - 4K LUMIX, Digital Single Lens Mirror-less Camera DMC-GH4
  • Panasonic - 4K Wearable, Point-of-view Camera HX-A500
  • Panasonic - 4K VARICAM, High end production camera recorder AU-V35C1G/VREC1G
  • Prime Focus World - Prime Focus World Hybrid Stereo Pipeline 
  • View Holographics - Holography 
  • Vision3 - Post Conversion Management System
  • Volfoni3D - SmartCrystal Diamond

New Product Awards Were Also Presented To:

  • 4DX - Cinema Innovation of the Year - 4D Movie Theater: Motion Seats and Environmental Effect Equipment, Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14
  • StereoLabs - Autostereo Software of the Year - Verity
  • StereoLabs - Autostereo Workflow of the Year - First Live 3D Workflow for Glasses-free 3D Displays 
  • SuperD - 3D Mobile Product of the Year - SuperD Glasses-free 3D Mobile Solution
  • zSpace - 3D Education Product of the Year - zSpace STEM Lab

The International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society was founded by industry creative stakeholders, including The Walt Disney Studios, DreamWorks Animation (DWA), Sony, Paramount, IMAX, Dolby, Panasonic, MasterImage and others to advance the creative arts and sciences of the advanced imaging industry, including: stereoscopic 3D, auto stereo, 4K, UHD, High Dynamic Range, and more.

With chapters in the U.S., China, Japan, Canada, the E.U. and the U.K., the organization has more than 1,800 professional members in over 20 countries. The organization hosts professional education seminars and awards throughout the world.

Source: The International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society

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