Here is something that might be of interest for people that are considering using stereoscopic 3D as a tool in the classroom in order to be able to better keep the attention of the students, right in time for the beginning of the school year. The SIG3D Stereoscopic 3D Classroom Basics webinar took place a few days ago and a recording is now available online if you’ve missed the live one, so you can take a look and later today there will be a Q&A session. The presentation was held by Dennis Cafiero who is also the creator of Presente3D (a tool for making stereoscopic 3D presentations) and in it he makes a brief introduction on how 3D works as well as covering various 3D technologies for the classroom including anaglyph 3D, active and passive 3D stereoscopic solutions as well as glasses-free options (autostereoscopic 3D) with their pros and cons. SIG3D is an ISTE Special Interest Group for educators and innovators interested in stereoscopic 3D and is a part of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
August 27th, 2013 · No Comments · Other S3D Tech
August 25th, 2013 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Events
The year the World 3D Film Expo will return for a third time to the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, USA from September 6-15, 2013. The ten-day film festival will pay tribute to the 60th anniversary of what many film historians regard as the “Golden Age” of 3D movies, and will include screenings of the John Wayne western HONDO, the Vincent Price horror film HOUSE OF WAX, Cole Porter’s musical KISS ME KATE, and sci-fi thriller IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE., and even later 3-D films, such as 1983’s JAWS 3-D. Lesser-known titles, such as THE FRENCH LINE with Jane Russell and film noir SECOND CHANCE with Robert Mitchum, will also be included.
The Expo is partnering with RealD to present a number of screenings in RealD 3D including Alfred Hitchcock’s DIAL M FOR MURDER and Jack Arnold’s sci-fi/horror classic CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. Stefan Droessler, 3D historian and head of the Munich Film Museum, will present an in-depth overview of “European 3D Filmmaking 1935-1953,” including long-lost footage from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The festival will also be home to several premieres including the Los Angeles Premiere of the 1946 Russian 3-D adaptation of ROBINSON CRUSOE. September 14th will mark the World Premiere of the stereoscopic version of the 1954 Korean War drama, DRAGONFLY SQUADRON. The film was only released in a flat version during its initial release, and has never been seen by audiences in 3D. Newly-restored 35 mm prints of shorts “Rocky Marciano, Champion vs. Jersey Joe Walcott, Challenger” and “College Capers” will be screened in 3D for the first time in 60 years.
The World 3D Film Expo was first presented at the Egyptian Theatre in 2003 and then again in 2006 and this year marks the third one that gives you the unique chance to see a great classic 3D film festival showing some of the most popular 3D movies that were made during the Golden Age of stereoscopic cinema in the early 1950’s. This is your chance to see some real 3D movie classics that you normally cannot find anywhere else in 3D or even in 2D, so if you miss it you literally may not be able to see them projected this way again.
August 24th, 2013 · 3 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos
XPAND 3D just announced that it will be the 3D partner for the upcoming 70th Venice Film festival taking place from August 28 til September 7th by providing its active 3D cinema technology for the world premiere of the much-anticipated film Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The 3D film will be screening on August 28th in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony of the film festival. During the film festival 13 screenings will be in 3D, including the opening and closing films, and will be taking place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi among other venues.
Venice Film Festival is one of the most prestigious as well as the oldest international film festivals in the world. It is part of the Venice Biennale, founded in 1895, well-known for the International Film Festival, the International Architecture Exhibition and the International Art Exhibition. Also continuing the great tradition of the Festival of Contemporary Music, the Theatre Festival and the Festival of Contemporary Dance. Prior to the Venice Film festival the company was also the official technical partner and supplier for all 3D screenings at the Cannes Film Festival. XPAND 3D will be providing 5000 new active shutter glasses as well as equipping over 4000 seats in four of the largest theaters: Sala Grande, Sala Perla, Sala Darsena, Sala Biennale, with 3 XPAND Four Kits and 1 XPAND Super Power Kit for special venues that will include 7 emitters.
While passive 3D technology is apparently the preferred solution with the likes of RealD 3D, Dolby 3D and IMAX 3D movie theaters all using different passive 3D solutions, it seems that there is room for active 3D technology in movie theaters as well. XPAND 3D is probably the only solution provider for active 3D technology in movie theaters competing with the passive 3D solutions mentioned above, and the company also makes active 3D solutions that are compatible with consumer 3D projectors and 3D HDTVs among others and they even make passive 3D cinema solutions, though they are not their main focus.
One of the best advantages that active 3D technology has over passive 3D oe is that it does not require the movie theater to use a silver screen, something that can be a problem if you are projecting 2D movies in the same place and not only 3D ones. Being able to project in stereo 3D on a standard white matte screen as well as the modular design of the system allows for quick and easy setup of a standard 2D movie theater to a 3D capable one, especially useful for temporary use like for events for example. The fact that you need to use active 3D glasses however moves the higher expenses towards the glasses and thus making these active 3D solutions more attractive choice for smaller venues. The active 3D glasses themselves can provide up to 200 to 300 hours of use with the standard battery and after that the battery will need to be replaced as the active XPAND Cinema 3D Glasses do not come with rechargeable, but with a single use replaceable battery.
I personally still haven’t been to a move theater that uses XPAND 3D active technology in order to be able to compare it to other passive 3D solutions such as RealD 3D, Dolby 3D and IMAX 3D. I have however used various of the company’s active 3D products for consumer 3D-capable devices such as 3D projectors, 3D laptops and 3D HDTVs and there the XPAND 3D glasses do work quite well.