The idea of making a stereoscopic 3D presentation to make it more dynamic and attractive is nothing new, however actually creating such a 3D presentation with PowerPoint for example has never been easier as it requires the use of additional software. I’ve already mentioned the XPAND 3D Plugin for 3D Presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, but in my opinion it wasn’t very flexible and easy to use, still it is not that expensive. I’ve however found another solution that seems more practical and flexible for making 3D presentations with Powerpoint, but also much more expensive. I’m talking about the Instant Effects S3D Presenter that the video above shows an introduction of…
The S3D Presenter software allows you to combine traditional 2D media assets (pictures, video, text, etc) with animated 3D models and stereo 3D pictures and video (in side-by-side or over-under format) in a Powerpoint presentation. Apparently with it you should be able to edit your presentations using 3D-enabled monitors such as Zalman Trimon, 3D-ready DLP TVs, iZ3D monitors or 3D Vision-enabled displays, and then display the results in full stereoscopic 3D mode or publish to popular stereoscopic 3D video formats. The S3D Presenter supports projection systems that take dual left/right inputs or any projector or display system compatible with Nvidia’s 3D Vision system according the the company that made the software.
S3D Presenter is supposed to have all the features of Instant Effects’ OfficeFX Presenter software and adding on top of it the stereoscopic 3D support, but unfortunately there is no evaluation version available for the S3D Presenter that you can download and try. There is also no price cited for the software on the website of the company that made it, but considering that it exceeds what the OfficeFX Presenter software offers than it is supposed to be more expensive, and that means more than $1000 USD. But what we see on the official videos demonstrating the software in action and the example 3D Presentation made with the software seems promising.
Today XPAND has released a 3D Plugin for making 3D Presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, that is supposed to help you easily make more attractive presentations in stereoscopic 3D format. But apparently the plugin only works if you embed 3D objects in your presentations as normal 2D objects such as text or photos still remain in 2D. So no 2D to 3D conversion, meaning that you would need to work with 3D objects if you want to get the presentation to look 3D, otherwise every non-3D object will be positioned at screen depth. The plugin allows you to export the presentation in 3D format (.pp3d) that can be viewed in stereo 3D mode as well as the normal powerpoint 2D format. To view the 3D presentation you need to use the viewer that comes with the plugin, you cannot open it normally.
Here is the 3D output with the test slide that I’ve made with the severely limited trial version of the 3D plugin, the only supported 3D output format is Over/Under and on top of that half vertical resolution (squashed). If you open the test photo of the output you will notice that all the elements of the presentation are in 2D mode and only the overlayed watermark logo is in 3D format (with a bit too high separation). If you are interested you can download and test the trial version of the plugin that besides the watermark logo is also limited to 3 slides and the viewer to 3 minutes of slideshow of the presentation. For viewing a 3D presentation in steeo 3D mode you would need a 3D HDTV or a 3D Projector supporting stereoscopic 3D in Over/Under mode (option to manually switch in that mode for 3D input), but you can capture a screenshot and then preview it in a 3D photo viewer to see the effect. The plugin requires you to have Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, it will not work with older versions.
Last week during HP’s Workstation International Media Event in Santa Monica, Los Angeles there were a lot of interesting news and product announcements from HP, but one thing has caught my eye especially, since it was a stereo 3D related product. I’m talking about the HP 2310g LCD display that was been showcased at the event along with a HP Z400 workstation (have in mind that the HP 2310g 3D-ready monitor is a consumer-oriented product, not a professional one!), but let me tell you what is interesting about this product. HP 2310g is a 23-inch 120Hz 3D-ready LCD monitor with Full HD resolution that works with Nvidia’s 3D Vision active shutter glasses, but will probably also be compatible with other active shutter solutions when/if they come later thus year.
Here is a short video I made at the event showing the HP 2310g display in action playing a stereoscopic 3D trailer of the movie How To Train Your Dragon in 3D by DreamWorks. As you can see this display does not rely on matted screen, but instead uses glossy surface, resulting in some reflections being visible on the screen. Just have in mind that the demonstration was pretty much outside on a bright sunny day and a lot of external light is coming all around the screen (not very good conditions for a glossy display), so in normal at-home usage the reflections on the screen should be much less or none at all. Besides the disadvantageous possibility of annoying reflections the glossy display also brings some advantages like better color reproduction and contrast of the image, along with better viewing angles.
Pete Ellis from HP Displays Business Unit (on the picture above, in front of the HP 2310g display) was available during the demonstration to answer some questions about the 120Hz display. I’m sure the first question you are going to ask is when to expect the monitor on the market and what will be the price? Unfortunately there is still no release date announced or pricing for the display, but it will most likely be available on the market before the end of this year and should not cost more than the currently available alternatives from other companies. So the HP 2310g 120Hz LCD display has a 16:9 aspect ratio and Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and will supposedly be with a 2ms response time and 400 cd/m2 maximum brightness level. Have in mind that these are not official specifications and since the product is not yet available on the market it might be a bit different when it becomes available.
And above you can watch the full presentation called “A Perspective on 3D today” during the HP Workstation International Media Event presented by Pete Ellis. The presentation outlines some of the things HP is working on in the filed of stereoscopic 3D technologies – initiatives like the 3D Consortium and upcoming products like the HP 2310g 3D-ready display…