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Surprise 3D by Cesar Sommer – Stereoscopic 3D Short film / Music clip

May 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment · 3D Movies & Videos


Surprise 3D is a new stereoscopic 3D short film / music clip by Cesar Sommer that was shot with with two Canon 5D Mark II DSLRs and a custom made 3D Camera Rig. You can see the video on Nvidia’s 3D Vision Live Portal (should be available there shortly) or on Youtube 3D and you can download the short film from Cesar Sommer’s Homepage. The downloadable video is available in Side by Side format with Full HD 3D resolution as well as in FUJI W3 format, so that you can enjoy it without the glasses directly on your Fuji 3D digital camera. Below Cesar shares some interesting information and tips from the experience he had while shooting the Surprise 3D video…

The Post-production and Editing of the video was done in Adobe Premiere. The Pipeline in Adobe Premiere was used for syncing the clips, color correcting them and mirroring the files. The content was created for TV panels wit diagonals of up to 30″ as the IO was optimized for smaller screens, not for bigger screens like on 3D projectors. In the video I’ve paid a lot attention to the lightning and wanted to include more closeups.



After that It was exported as uncompressed AVI – and taken into Premiere for a second time to do the editing – you could also import sequences. So it was also ensured that the working project never got too big and Premiere crashed. Also the ability to save some settings and apply them to the other cuts was very helpful. At the end I added some color grading. You could also use After Effects for that…



For people filming with Canon’s 5D or 7D check out Technicolor’s new Cinestyle its free (to improve image quality for post). Of course there are other ways to mux the files together like NEO 3D or Ocula for Nuke but those are (very) expensive. But surely worth to have a look at them if you have a large commercial project – basically they do the same (as I did in Premiere by hand) but “easier” and more automated.

My next project is already in planning – I will shoot in the forest some ad-style short with a model. I’m still looking for content distributors and sponsors to realize further projects / collaborations.

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  • 1 ileNOliukGO // May 24, 2011 at 00:38

    Great color grading, but it looks like the stereobase is a little bit too much even for a 21 inch display… I guess the mirror in the room gets it higher than what’s expectable..

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