Lifetime Achievement Award for John Rupkalvis

The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society announced its 2014 Technology Award winners awarded on September 24th when they honored nineteen companies and organizations for “Advancing the Entertainment Industry through Technology,” during the Society’s 5th Annual Entertainment Technology and New Product Awards luncheon ceremony held at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.

The Society’s Technology Awards Committee votes annually in selecting products and systems, which through their “innovation and impact” make movies and content more exciting and successful. This year, their committee were amazed at the range of entries, from lasers to hologram technology.

Honored with the Society’s Lumiere? statuettes were Barco for its DP4K-60L Laser Projector, Walt Disney Studios Technologies and partners ARRI and Fraunhofer Institute Berlin for their new Tri-Focal 3-D Camera System, Dolby Labs for its new extended dynamic range Dolby Vision, Prime Focus World for its 3-D Hybrid Stereo Pipeline, Volfoni 3-D for its SmartCrystal Diamond theater system, Panasonic for three new 4K cameras and recorders, and View Holographics from the UK for its hologram technology system.

“The nineteen companies honored came from brilliant teams in ten countries including the US, China, Japan, Korea, England, Wales, France, Belgium, Germany, and Canada,” said Society President Jim Chabin. “Hollywood and all of us in entertainment are being enriched by a truly global marketplace of brilliant new ideas for making our content more exciting for audiences everywhere,” he added.

A 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to John Rupkalvis of Los Angeles for his “pioneering development of motion picture and television products and systems.” In presenting the award, Society Co-Founder Lenny Lipton said, “John is a legend to 3-D and other hardware designers and inventors, but he isn’t well known to the fans and audiences who have thrilled at the on-screen magic that his technology has made possible over the last seven decades.”

The 2014 Technology Award Winners:

Lumiere Statuette Awards Were Presented To:
Adobe – Creative Cloud/Speed Grade
Barco – DP4K-60L Laser Projector
BitSpeed – Concurrency
Blackmagic Design – UltraStudio 4K
Walt Disney Studios – Trifocal Camera
Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Intstitute – Trifocal Camera
ARRI – Trifocal Camera
Dolby Laboratories – Dolby Vision – EDR
DVS – Clipster
Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute – STAN System
Gener8 – GPU-Accelerated Video In-Painting Occlusion Filling
MasterImage 3D – MI-HORIZON3D
Panasonic – 4K LUMIX, Digital Single Lens Mirror-less Camera DMC-GH4
Panasonic – 4K Wearable, Point-of-view Camera HX-A500
Panasonic – 4K VARICAM, High end production camera recorder AU-V35C1G/VREC1G
Prime Focus World – Prime Focus World Hybrid Stereo Pipeline
View Holographics – Holography
Vision3 – Post Conversion Management System
Volfoni3D – SmartCrystal Diamond

New Product Awards Were Also Presented To:
4DX – Cinema Innovation of the Year – 4-D Movie Theater: Motion Seats and Environmental Effect Equipment, Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14
StereoLabs – Autostereo Software of the Year – Verity
StereoLabs – Autostereo Workflow of the Year – First Live 3-D Workflow for Glasses-free 3-D Displays
SuperD – 3-D Mobile Product of the Year – SuperD Glasses-free 3-D Mobile Solution
zSpace – 3-D Education Product of the Year – zSpace STEM Lab

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