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Stereosopic 3D Erotic Movie to be Directed by Tinto Brass

January 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment · General 3D News

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You probably have heard the name Tinto Brass (Giovanni Brass) as he is quite popular Italian director of erotic movies, including the very controversial movie adaption of Gor Vidal’s Caligula from 1979 he directed. Tinto Brass’ name just got in the news because of him announcing plans to start working on a 3D erotic movie which can as well turn out to be a remake of the Caligula in 3D, but this time done right and not ruined by someone else. The project that Tinto Brass has already started working on is involving a Roman emperor so the story will be in that era, and the work on casting and the script should start immediately with plans to start the filming process in May or June. Now have in mind that Tinto Brass is talking about making a 3D erotic movie and not 3D porn (there is huge difference), because he believes that time is right for 3D technologies to be used to create such a production. As we all know well enough the adult industry is one of the key factor making some technologies the proffered ones and helping others die unsuccessfully and we are already seeing growing interest coming from it for producing 3D content. Previously there were some attempts to make stereoscopic 3D porn movies, but relying mostly on anaglyph technology which kind of ruins the whole experience. Now having quality not only in terms of script, acting and of course in the visuals is what is still lacking and Tinto Brass is supposed to provide all of these, or at leas the expectations from him in these areas are quite high. In the last few months there were some good examples of what can be done with the currently available 3D technologies, so it can be said that 2010 will also be interesting year for the adult industry going 3D too. If you’ve missed the interview with the founder of the adult oriented stereoscopic 3D website called Adult4D stereo 3D porn (18+), you should check it out for some more interesting insights and information from Sir Thomas Graf de Porneau.

To read the full interview with the founder of Adult4D S3D website…
And if you are interested in seeing more adult content in stereoscopic 3D format (18+)…

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2010 Stereoscopic 3D Hardware Guide for People New to S3D

January 28th, 2010 · No Comments · General 3D News

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Neil Schneider from MTBS3D made a useful guide on different stereoscopic 3D technologies that you should check out especially if you are new to S3D. The following material should server as an introduction to modern stereoscopic 3D equipment for both the home 3D movie and video game consumer along with an explanation of technology used in the professional 3D cinema space. It is intended to make things easier and simple to understand without going into too much technical details, just to give you a brief idea and they you can start digging for more specific stuff on each solution.

To read the 2010 Stereoscopic 3D Hardware Guide @ MTBS3D…

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What to Choose: IMAX 3D versus RealD versus Dolby 3D for 3D Movies?

December 18th, 2009 · 103 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos

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Lately this has become a big question for a lot of people, especially when considering where to go and watch James Cameron’s 3D blockbuster Avatar, and the questions has crossed my mind too, considering that there are cinemas with all of the three major 3D technologies where I live too. So here is a quick and short comparison between the three major solutions used in 3D movie theaters worldwide, along with information on which one I personally prefer, but you are also more than welcome to share your personal preferences along with the WHYs…

IMAX 3D
This one is the oldest of the three standards that is famous mostly because of the very big screens present in these cinemas, but they are still not very widely available around the world with most of the IMAX cinemas present in USA. Up until very recently IMAX 3D was only analogue with the movies being shot on large frame 70mm film in order to achieve good image quality on the larger screens these cinemas use, as compared to normal 35mm film. The digital version was introduced last year and still very few cinemas use that and the resolution and respectively the projection screen sizes for these implementations are not as big as on the analogue ones. IMAX uses big linear passive polarized plastic glasses for the viewers that do not provide the best possible experience. Anyway, getting back to the user experience, there is something very specific for IMAX 3D and that is the fact that the movies shown there are usually optimized for more pop-out screen effect than depth. This means that most of the time objects literally seem to pop out of the screen appearing as if you can touch them, kids do love this effect, but this is also more tiring for the brain. So usually longer movies are a bit of a problem to watch and Avatar is close to 3 hours, so you should be carefully consider this, especially if you feel a little “out of this world” when watching movies in an IMAX cinema. Some other drawbacks that are not always present and most of the people miss are the lower contrast in some dark scenes, a bit more ghosting of objects and problems refocusing your eyes quickly enough to follow the whole picture in fast action scenes and thus you might miss some important parts. Anyway IMAX 3D is certainly the most easy way to achieve the WOW effect with just about anyone that is watching his first stereoscopic 3D movie, but it this is not the first for you, then the other alternatives might be better…

RealD
This is a bit newer standard, but a digital one from its start… digital here meaning that the movies are recorded in a digital format and the projectors being used are also digital. RealD 3D cinemas uses circular polarized plastic glasses instead of linear polarized to provide better user experience when watching stereoscopic content. Circular polarization is considered to be better, because viewers are able to move their head as they like without the loss of the 3D depth effect. With the linear polarized glasses you have to be a bit steady, not moving around too much and sometimes you might have trouble finding the right position for your head in order to achieve the best effect when watching the movie to fully enjoy it. The circular polarized plastic glasses used here are also cheap to produce, but this technology requires the use of more expensive silver screen for projection which makes it a bit more expensive to implement. Still at the moment RealD is the most widely used standard for stereoscopic 3D movie projections all over the world, so you will most likely have one of these cinemas where you live. The immersion experience with RealD is a bit different compared to what you get at IMAX 3D projections as here the depth perception is of actual depth so the action is more going inside the screen, and not popping out of it. This does not make things less impressive, although some people might get a little disappointed at first if they were expecting to have the IMAX 3D pop-out effects, but after some time of watching they still get the feeling they are right in the middle of the action. This way of going more in the projection screen and not out of it is also easier on your brain as it is not that overloaded with information and is considered better for longer movies. Also it is easier to keep track of quick action scenes and the ghosting is usually less, so most of the people prefer this technology, although it is still not perfect.

Dolby 3D
Also known as Dolby 3D Digital Cinema is the newest of the three technologies for stereoscopic 3D movie projection and as you can guess not only by the name it is as well digital like RealD. A lot of people find that Dolby 3D is the best stereoscopic 3D technology for them to watch movies in the cinema. Here we also have the typical cinema style plastic 3D glasses that use a bit more specific passive filters related to the main colors we see which is by far considered to provide the best results. Of course this special type of polarization brings the cost of the glasses up compared to the normal linear or circular polarized glasses the other technologies use, but there the projection screen doesn’t have to be specific (Dolby 3D at home, anyone?). Dolby 3D provides better color reproduction (colors look a bit brighter and more vivid) and a sharper image with more details visible (especially in darker areas), better contrast and almost no ghosting of the objects you see on the screen, which also are not that much popping out of the screen like in IMAX 3D, but rely more on inside depth, like with RealD. Still the stereoscopic 3D experience here is yet again not perfect as you might have trouble with the quick refocusing of your eyes on some objects moving fast from the back to front and some people might have weird troubles seeing the right colors some rare occasions.

And after all this you can say that it is still mostly a matter of personal preferences where you’ll watch 3D movies, but sometimes you might not have IMAX 3D cinema around or any other technology. Have in mind that with the case of Avatar, it is also being shown in some 2D cinemas, but that will be too stupid to do when the movie has been made especially to be watched in 3D. The only thing I don’t like about IMAX is that after about 40 minutes I’m a bit tired and I probably will have trouble watching a movies that is much longer than that. As for RealD and Dolby 3D for me there is hardly any significant difference between the quality and experience you get in cinemas equipped with one or the the other technology, although Dolby 3D seems to be slightly better. And don’t forget that sometimes not well enough built or equipped 3D movie theater can also ruin everything with the one at fault not the technology being used… ;)

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