Stereoscopic Workflows for Premiere Pro CS5
by David Helmly
For those of you out there looking to get started with Stereoscopic (S3D) workflows for Premiere Pro CS5, I’ve put together a 60-minute video giving you great way to get started with S3D. This covers most of the basics from building your rig with 2 matching cameras to different 3D displays including using any commercial 3D TV from your local electronics store.
We’ve partnered with Cineform and their new 64 bit plug-in for CS5. As you’ll see, they offer 2 plug-ins : Neo3D for 2,995.00 US and NeoHD for 499.00 US. The main difference is the ability to key frame various controls as well as separate adjustments for Left and Right eye. I find that most people can make do with the 499.00 version.
This video also covers the various ways to view your S3D. The best setup for Editing S3D on your main computer display is by using the NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses matched with a decent NVIDIA card (works excellent with the Mercury certified cards) and a 120Herts display like the Alienware 2310. The video will show you lots of choices for viewing. Commercial 3D TV sets (I’ve tested the Panasonic Viera and the Samsung 3D LED TVs) also work great but only as a 2nd display for output– not your primary editing display. Of course you can still use Anaglyph glasses as well (Red/Blue & more)
I’ve posted the videos on YouTube in HD in 7 parts (for iPad viewers) as well as AdobeTV for Flash viewers.
YouTube HD links:
Part 1: The Gear
Part 2: The Glasses & Installation
Part 3: Importing Footage & Using the Cineform Plug-In
Part 4: Editing 3D footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Part 5: Editing 3D footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Part 6: Editing 3D footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Part 7: Editing 3D footage on a Mac (Cineform beta)
I’ll be working on several more S3D workflow video featuring output in Encore CS5 and other tips and tricks.
For those wanting to get ahead start on Exporting to Encore. The key thing to remember is to set your Cineform output to Side By Side mode before you export to Media Encoder (File>Export>Media Format H264 Preset H264 Bluray High Quality).
You can add chapter markers in Premiere or Encore. There is NO S3D menu support in CS5. You can use a menu but it will play in 2D not 3D. I normally put a title at the beginning of my timeline telling the viewer to press the 3D button on the remote.
Here’s link to the trial version of Cineform Neo to help you get started:
Quick Setup tips for NVIDIA 3D Vision users
Follow these quick 7 steps to get your NVIDIA 3D Vision system up and running with CS5.
Remember that you are installing 3D Vision drivers for S3D editing, not 3D gaming. Currently, the 3D Vision setup instructions are really geared towards the gaming market. Installing the full 3D vision driver set just adds problems in getting these drivers to load and work properly for S3D Editing. You only need the Graphics card driver (make sure to pick Quadro if you are a Quadro user) and the correct matching 3D Vision USB driver (again, if you are a Quardo user, pick the 3D Vision for Quadro driver)
I’ve put together a few screen shots to help your setup.
1. Download the correct Quadro or GeForce Driver. Remember to choose 64-bit
2. Download the matching 3D Vision driver for your card (Quadro or Geforce) and 64-bit
3. After you reboot, plug in your IR Emitter Box and both cables (DIN & USB). Depending on you graphics card, you should have a round DIN connector on your card (Quadro cards typically have these)
4.Change your 2 main settings in the NVIDIA control Panel (120 Hz) and Manage 3D settings.
Remember that you need a 3D monitor that offers 120 Hz refresh. Currently the Alienware 2310 is leading the pack in terms of quality (full 1920×1080). NVIDIA has a list of compatible monitors on their website. These monitors typically run between 350.00 to 475.00
5. Under 3D Settings (Top Task) , choose Manage 3D settings. DO NOT go to Stereoscopic 3D settings. Look closely at the screen grabs.
Change Stereo-Display mode to : On-Board Din Connector(With IR Emitter)
Change Stereo Enable to: On
FIRST LIGHT Settings
6. Launch First Light and import a 3D file ( you will have needed to convert your Left and Right file to Cineform format and have Muxed them. There are demo files on Cineforms website if you don’t have any 3D files yet)
Goto the View menu and select Open GL Player Player options. Note, you have different setups if you have more than one display.
Suggestion: if you are new to this: Try to keep things simple, just connect the 3D 120 Hz display to your system and get it working first, then add to your 2nd monitor.
For Single monitor setups. Set your Internal Window to NVIDIA PageFlip 3D and then set your Primary Monitor Fullscreen to NVIDIA PageFlip (Press Alt+Enter when playing back video for full screen preview in First Light) Your Secondary monitor make no difference as it’s not connected.
For Dual monitor setups, with your 3D 120 Hz Display set as your 2nd display. Set your Internal Window to “3D Playback Disabled” and Check the “Use OpenGL for 2D Playback”. Set your Primary Monitor Fullscreen to Enable Standard 2D playback.The Secondary Monitor Fullscreen should be set to “NVIDIA PageFlip 3D”
You should see your screens “blank out” for a few seconds and your IR Emitter should change from a Dim Green light to a very bright Green Light. Make sure to Press the Power Button on the Top Left side of your NVIDIA 3D Vision Glasses to view content in 3D.
7. In Premiere Pro, select your Sequence and then goto to the Sequence Settings Menu and select Playback Settings….
For Dual Monitor settings, I usually put my 3D Display as my External Monitor (Full Screen) and set it to Full Screen 3D – NVIDIA PageFlip and I set my Internal display to Standard 2D OpenGL.
Make sure to check the Fast 3D option to increase playback performance. You can also turn this off if you see odd artifacts during playback which can be caused by your graphics driver.
Tip: if your system is running solid – Do not change your graphics driver. Newer graphics drivers are not always better….
For Single Monitor settings . Again, your External setting makes no difference.