Roll Your Own: Sony releases 3D Blu-Ray mastering software

June 15, 2010 by  

So you always wanted to make your own 3D BR discs, eh, with full 3D menus and everything? Use the same software the big boys use? We’ll, needless to say it won’t be cheap, but Sony has been gracious enough to release the 3D Blu-Ray mastering software and make it available to the public, sorta anyway. Read on to hear more:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on Blu-ray 3D doesn’t make its retail debut until next week, but you can get a taste of the tools used to make it right now, as Sony has announced the availability of its Blu-print 6 and Z Depth software packages. The latest version of Blu-print adds “Profile 5″ (read: 3D) authoring compliance to its list of features, integrating all the offset metadata for 3D menus and working with MVC encoded video, while adding a few non-3D features like new DTS-HD encoding support and Windows Vista 64-bit compatibility. Z Depth’s job is keeping subtitles properly aligned in 3D, just one of the new issues that need to be dealt with in these discs.

No announcement of the pricing, but the full private version started around 50K USD, so expect it to empty your wallet. It’s a nice application of the 3D HD format, let’s just hope some pundits assessment of the 3D format doesn’t come to pass.

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