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.