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New Facebook Group: STOP the 2D to 3D Conversion Madness NOW!

August 5th, 2010 · 5 Comments · 2D to 3D Conversion


Here is one new and interesting Facebook group that is trying to raise the awareness that 2D to 3D conversions are not as good as true stereo 3D and to promote to stop labeling 3D conversions as 3D movies with the viewers not being aware of that fact. So if you support that idea, then you should go and join the STOP the 2D to 3D Conversion Madness NOW! Facebook group. And while I personally too prefer to watch true stereoscopic 3D movies instead of conversions from 2D to 3D and here I would especially stress on the BAD conversions, because I’m not completely against 2D to 3D conversions. Not against, but if only they are properly made and the users are informed that they are going to in fact watch a movie that has been converted to 3D and not being shot in stereo 3D as we deserve to know that from the movie poster and other promotional materials and not having to dig up the Internet to learn that. Don’t forget the fact that in order to get stereo 3D versions of some classic movies like Star Wars for example the only choice will be to use 2D to 3D conversion and taken enough time and resources in order to do the conversion to 3D properly they can become worth watching again in stereo 3D and the viewers will really enjoy them.

Of course some new movies can as well benefit from 2D to 3D conversion, but just a few titles and they need to properly go from the start with the idea that they will be converted later on, so that the whole process of actually making the movie can be done right and the end result when the quality 2D to 3D conversion is finished will be hardly indistinguishable by the viewers, so they will feel like they are actually watching a movie that was actually shot in 3D. Of course even in such cases they should be aware that they are in fact going to watch a conversion, but knowing that and seeing a good 2D to 3D conversion will not disappoint them, as currently with all the 3D craze going around everyone is rushing things doing bad 3D conversions and advertising the movies as 3D… making the viewers think they will be getting the whole Avatar 3D treatment again, and then they leave disappointed. Hollywood is trying to make some quick bucks from the interest in 3D still high because of Avatar, but they seem to be thinking short term only, however that way of thinking may kill 3D again as similar things have happened already a few times if we look back at the history. And this time the reason can be the pure greed of a bunch of people and not the lack of proper technology or resources etc, and all of us – the real 3D enthusiasts do not want that to happen!

Check the list of all the 3D conversions and true stereo 3D movie releases for this year…


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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mgb // Aug 5, 2010 at 18:35

    The conversions aren’t the worst of it.
    At least CG movies can be re-rendered into stereo essentially automatically (almost in realtime)

    The problem seems to be that ‘in 3D’ seems to have become code for “this movie sucks – lets hope the gimmick gets us a few $ back”

  • 2 Marton // Aug 5, 2010 at 21:37

    I don’t think that re-rendered cg is a conversion.
    It’s a “real” 3D movie. Contain two different view.

  • 3 Z // Aug 5, 2010 at 23:18

    yea, cg is not fake 3d, compare a cg 3d movie to a 2d one in powerdvd, the cg one will be much better. truetheater 3d makes everything look heat distorted.

  • 4 Thomasjn // Aug 5, 2010 at 23:24

    Its very nice to see that people are getting more aware of it, and that someone is spreadding the information.

    People who isnt as intrested in 3D as the people on this blog, could get disapointed by watching crappy 3D. And that would be sad, since 3D is really awesome, if you watch some good 3D.

  • 5 Justin // Aug 10, 2010 at 09:42

    Most CG films have so much 2D post work done after the render you can’t just render the other eye and be done. I believe Pixar is the only studio that films out straight from the render so it’s easy for them. Otherwise even CG films go through the same conversion process as live action…it’s just tougher to do since the frames (and edges) are so clean to begin with.

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