updated 07:10 pm EDT, Tue August 2, 2011
Now handles GoPro, Panasonic 3D files natively
Stereoscopic 3D utility Stereo3D Toolbox LE from Dashwood Cinema Solutions has reached version 3.0, bringing with it new nesting tools for building side-by-side compound cliips, additional types of 3D output, the ability to work directly with GoPro 3D and Panasonic AG-3DA1 H.264 files in Final Cut Pro X without transcoding or muxing, and the Global Output Mode feature from the professional version, Stereo3D Toolbox.
The $99 utility is aimed at hobbyists getting into making their own 3D video using semi-pro cameras or consumer units like the GoPro 3D helmet-mounted cameras. The program features convergence adjustments, disparity correction tools for vertical, zoom and rotational errors, auto-scaling, and the ability to easily output videos to popular stereoscopic monitors and formats, now including Hasbro's My3D format and YouTube 3D.
The toolkit is a plug-in is powered by the FxFactory platform, enabling it to work with Final Cut Pro, Apple's Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects. The new version now includes analysis tools such as Difference, Anaglyph B&W and Anaglyph Outline Mode to help uses quickly align the camera input, as well as an active preview screen. There is also a new 2D bypass output option that enables 2D versions without geometric adjustments.
Unusually, the LE update has appeared first, though the company says the professional-level Stereo3D Toolbox will be coming soon, and both are free upgrades to registered users of the previous version. A free trial version is available, but requires FxFactory already be installed.