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3D Gets Focus In Camcorders, High-End Projectors

8/02/2010 12:01:00 AM Eastern

NEW YORK — The 3D TV phenomenon is getting attention
from hardware makers across the board, if the
two product introductions last week from DXG
and Runco are any indication.

Both companies put 3D front and center, with
DXG introducing a 3D pocket camcorder/media
player bundle and Runco adding two projectors
to its high-end Signature Series, both of which
will be 3D compatible.

DXG has introduced a 3D pocket camcorder and
3D 7-inch media player bundle.

The bundle, which DXG said allows for “easy filming and
playback of 3D video and pictures with no glasses required,”
is available now for pre-sale at www.hammacher.com for $599.
Shipments are set for Aug. 6.

The DXG-5D7V 3D pocket camcorder comes in a compact
pistol-grip design and flexible playback options,
the company said. Users can view, record and
play back 3D video or photos directly on the 3.2-
inch LCD camcorder display, on the included
3D 7-inch media player, or directly on a 3D TV.
Supporting up to 16GB high-capacity SD cards,
it can record in 3D and take 3D 5-megapixel still
images, as well as capture 2D video and pictures,
the company said.

Other features include 128MB built-in memory,
a 3.2-inch LCD display, VGA standard 3D dual-lens technology
and H.264 AVI file format, 5-megapixel resolution and
JPEG format for still pictures, 3D-video-conversion software,
HDMI interface and cable, and USB A/V cable for connecting to the TV or computer.

The DXG 3D media player features
a 7-inch LCD display, and glasses are
not required to see video and photos recorded
in 3D, the company said.

The touchscreen keys and remote
control of the media player not only allow
users to view 3D and 2D videos and
photos, but also let users control the
built-in MP3 music player, alarm clock
and calendar.

On the other end of the CE spectrum
is Runco’s SC-50d and SC-60d which
are part of its Signature Cinema highend
luxury projection line and are highlighted
as being 3D-ready.

Runco’s SC-50d and SC-60d are 3Dready
and will support multiple formats,
including Active3D using active-shutter
glasses or passive-glassed-based
solutions, the company said.

In coming months, additional 3D capability
will be available from Runco
that will be completely compatible with
implementations of the SC-50d and SC-
60d, the company said.

Both projectors can reproduce Hollywood’s
2.35:1 CinemaScope standard
and are available with Runco’s Cine-
Wide with AutoScope technology. The
SC-50d and SC-60d feature a 1080p HD
native resolution 3-chip system and 16:9
native aspect ratio to match all digital
programming including switching aspect
ratios for both 2D and 3D content
for all media, including broadcast, film,
sports and gaming, Runco said.

Not for the mass market, Runco’s Signature
Cinema SC-50d and SC-60d will
be available in fall with a suggested retail
of $88,995 and $98,995, respectively.
Optional lens, CineWide, CineWide
with AutoScope, and 3D accessories
are additional costs.