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Deluxe Digital Studios Ups 3D Blu-ray Disc Production

10 Mar, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Disc authoring firm Deluxe Digital Studios March 10 said it is launching a suite of services for the expected surge in 3D-compatible Blu-ray Disc production.

With DreamWorks Animation slated to release a 3D-Blu-ray edition of Monsters vs. Aliens in conjunction with the rollout of a Samsung 3D television and Blu-ray player later this month, home entertainment studios are ramping up efforts to bow 3D Blu-ray movies.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have all announced specific 3D Blu-ray titles for release later this year.

The Los Angeles-based subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group said current systems for DVD/Blu-ray authoring will be expanded for 3D to include menus and bonus materials, creation of subtitles, compression of video, BD-J programming, authoring, AACS copy protection processing, check disc creation, and player compatibility testing.

"Many segments of the Blu-ray supply chain required a significant upgrade to support the complexities of the new 3D Blu-ray standard," said Todd Collart, SVP new media of DDS. "Our internal research and development team finished several of these tools in 2009 and we're completing the remaining development now."

The company will initiate 3D Blu-ray production services in April, with plans to accommodate four 3D-related packaged media projects per month.

With more than 1,000 employees, DDS' production capacity exceeds 350 DVD, 150 Blu-ray and 1,000 digital distribution projects per month.

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