Real D image-enhancement technology debuts with 'Desolation of Smaug'


RealD’s new 2D and 3D image-enhancement technology, RealD TrueImage™, was utilized during post-production of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. RealD TrueImage eliminates artifacts commonly associated with digital and film-based capture through a proprietary process.

“As soon as I saw a demonstration of RealD TrueImage I wanted to use it on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” said director Peter Jackson. “This technology eliminated digital noise and other artifacts. Very noisy low-light shots we had been struggling with in the grade were suddenly completely clean, and I extended the process into as many Hobbit shots as I could. By cleaning up noise we were suddenly free to really push the dynamic range and get extraordinary detail. The clean image makes for a much more comfortable 3D experience because your left and right eyes are not being asked to process separate levels of artifacts.”
“RealD TrueImage marks demonstrable progress in our mission to perfect the visual image in both 2D and 3D,” said Michael V. Lewis, chairman and CEO of RealD.
Applicable to both production and post-production environments, RealD TrueImage calculates millions of data points per pixel to correct for artifacts, reconstructing an image with the originally intended aesthetic. The technology is applicable to all formats of a movie, including archive and day-and-date material, as well as large-format venues, HFR, HD, 2K, UHD and 4K content.
While initially being launched in the cinema space, RealD TrueImage is also expected to be made available for consumer applications where the technology has distinct benefits, including increased image quality and lower file sizes for content streaming and delivery via more efficient compression.