The movie Street Dance 3D is available in UK with anaglyph 3D version, however they’ve mxed up things a bit as reported by Gareth from Stereo3D.co.uk who bought the movie and discovered with a surprise that the video is encoded for red-green anaglyph glasses, but the bundled pair of paper anaglyph glasses is red-cyan. This comes as quite a surprise, considering the fact that the anaglyph glasses are branded for the movie and are packed inside the DVD, so the mistake is not made by the retailer, but most likely is coming from the DVD packaging company that put the glasses for the movie using the wrong color filters. It may come as a surprise to them but not all 3D is equal, and not all anaglyph 3D is the same – there are multiple formats and solutions and you should be very careful not to mix up things like that, because nobody will be happy when the 3D does not work as it is supposed to. And if the 3D does not work because of such mistake and the user is not aware of where the problem comes from, he might as well get bad opinion about the 3D in general… although anaglyph 3D is not the best form of 3D it is still the most widely usable and affordable at least when you match the right color filter for the glasses with the content encoded with the right anaglyph format. This might be just an issue with the UK 3D anaglyph release of the movie, but the problem might as well be bigger, so if you’ve got the movie and have the same problem please do report it here…
October 3rd, 2010 · 17 Comments · Anaglyph Glasses
December 11th, 2009 · 5 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos
A lot of people ask for Stereo 3D movies very soon after they get their hands on some sort of a stereoscopic 3D setup and the demand of such titles has increased since the release of 3D Vision by Nvidia. The reason behind that is “hidden” in the fact that 3D Vision is mainly intended for playing games in stereoscopic 3D mode as this is its main strength thanks to the drivers that can convert almost any normal 3D game into S3D title. As for Stereoscopic 3D movies and pictures, there are still problems with general availability of such content – both user contributed and commercially sold, but thanks to this the user demand is increasing more and more. Next year we’ll probably see a big increase at least in S3D movie availability thanks to the new 3D Blu-ray standard, but this is still in the near future and with the help of consumer digital 3D cameras like the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 and the Minoru 3D web camera, things are starting to slowly move in the the right direction in the consumer segment. There is also some movement seen in among the Adult Entertainment Industry also starting to slowly jump on the “Stereoscopic 3D is the future” thing with new websites offering Stereoscopic 3D porn movies in a downloadable format with HD quality and other stereo 3d adult oriented websites starting to generate more attention from new users of different 3D capable hardware.
What you probably don’t know is that actually there are quite a lot older movies available in different stereoscopic 3D formats that you can purchase on DVD Video discs, although you might have trouble with obtaining some of the older titles. You should be aware that there are quite a few movies available on DVD, but only in an anaglyph format, something that is not very good as these can be watched only with a pair of anaglyph (red-cyan usually) glasses. For best stereo 3D effect you better go for field-sequential movies on DVD as these can be watched on wide variety of supported hardware and these do provide much better results in terms of depth perception and color reproduction compared to the anaglyph only versions. Also you should preferably go for movies that were shot in actual 3D and not titles that were shot in 2D and then afterwards were converted to provide stereoscopic 3D effect. If you own an Nvidia 3D Vision active shutter glasses and a compatible 120Hz monitor/projector or a 3D DLP TV you should definitely go for field-sequential movies which you can watch with the help of the free Nvidia Stereoscopic 3D Video Player for example.
And now back to the question on where to find which movies are available with a stereoscopic 3D version that you can obtain and enjoy at home? There are some lists available on the internet, but one of the most comprehensive and detailed that you’ll find is the Illustrated 3D DVD List that is being maintained by Andrew Woods. This is why I suggest that you start by visiting his website and checking out the list and then you can continue looking for more information and possibly movies that were not present in the list there.
June 20th, 2009 · 12 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos, GeForce 3D Vision
You should know that GeForce 3D Vision is not only intended to be used just for gaming, but also for watching 3D Stereo digital images and even for 3D movies. But in order to use the shutter glasses for watching moves you should first get a special player that can play 3D stereo movies the right way and they you should get movies that are supported. Nvidia provides a free Stereoscopic 3D Video Player that should be more than enough to get you started in the world of 3D movies, but there are also some other solutions that I’m going to talk about some other time. Nivida’s Stereoscopic 3D Video Player has built in support for playing back 3D Stereo videos in the following file formats: AVI, AVIS, WMV, WMVS, ASF, MPG, MPGS, MPEG, M1V, MP2, M2TS, VOB, MP4, SVI and SPP. There is also support for playing 3D Stereo movies in DVD Video format if you own any of these of course and they are in the right format. And by the right format I mean movies that are not encoded for anaglyph viewing, but provide a video with two full separate frames for each eye. You should know that most of the DVD video 3D movies are designed for paper anaglyph glasses and these will not work with the shutter glasses form the GeForce 3D Vision kit!
To get you started there are some short videos in 3D Stereo that are looking quite well when played with the Stereoscopic 3D Video Player and the GeForce 3D Vision kit. There are 6 short movies, two of which are animated and the other 4 are of different real world scenes and places so you can actually see the difference. You can also look around over the net for more compatible videos, these should be quite a few more that will look and work great with the added depth perception. Have in mind that all those videos can be viewed in normal 2D mode on a normal or 3D-compatible monitor and in 3D Stereo only on a compatible display. When you run the player and a movie on a Samsung 2233RZ for instance when you switch to full screen the movies automatically goes in 3D mode, otherwise when it is being displayed in a small window it is in 2D mode by default.
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