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Stereoscopic 3D Trailer for the Movie Alice in Wonderland

August 2nd, 2010 · 14 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos

Here is a true stereoscopic 3D trailer for the movie Alice in Wonderland shared by the reader twisterbr that you can download and watch in 3D. We are a bit late with this one as the movie has been out for quite some time now, but since the movie studios do not release publicly stereoscopic 3D trailers yet it is still quite hard to get your hands on any of these promotional materials. Do not ask me why Hollywood is not taking this advantage in order to promote their 3D movies to the hungry for 3D content crowd and still act so weird by guarding the 3D trailers more then the actual movies!

Anyway, the trailer is in true stereoscopic 3D format and not an autoconversion, although the movie Alice in Wonderland was actually shot in 2D and later converted to 3D, but unlike with some other titles the conversion process here was actually done quite well… and you can see that for yourself if you watch the trailer. The trailer itself is in Side by Side format, 1080p half horizontal resolution (squashed), so do not forget to select 16:9 aspect ratio when opening the video in the 3D Vision Video Player or the Stereoscopic Player. As usual your comments about the 3D video are welcome, so please do share them below after watching it…

Download Alice in Wonderland stereo 3D trailermirror 1

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Stereo 3D Covered at FMX 2010 in Germany and GDC Canada 2010

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Events

FMX 2010 will be taking place next week between May 04 and May 07 in Stutgart, Germany. The FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media is a European conference on the creation, production and distribution of digital entertainment and interactive visualization in design, industry and research taking place each year. And this year (15th in a row) stereo 3D will be among the more important topics at the conference, so if you are visiting FMX you should not miss the interesting panels about S3D there.

Tuesday and Wednesday next week at FMX will be focused on 3D in movies, there will be a screening of the movie Alice in Wonderland (shot in 2D and converted in 3D). There will be panels about the shooting of 3D video and about the conversion of 2D content to 3D. And Thursday and Friday are probably going to be the more interesting as the panels then will be targeted at gaming in 3D. Neil Schneider, President & CEO of MTBS and Executive Director of The S-3D Gaming Alliance will be talking about the quality expectation needs of consumers and measurable ways that S-3D games can be tested and reviewed by media and customer alike. He will showcase the new M3GA initiative and share some other ideas that are currently being worked out. Andrew Oliver, Co-Founder and CTO of Blitz Games Studios, will talk about stereoscopic 3D console gaming. Blitz is one of the largest independent game developers in the world who has just celebrated their 20th anniversary. Most recently, they have earned their due as being the first game developer to put out a console title on XBOX 360 and PS3 that supports modern stereoscopic 3D solutions (Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao). Thursday will finish with Samuel Gateau, a member of the Content & Technology Engineering group at NVIDIA. Over the course of two hours, Sam will detail the required techniques for game developers to get the best results out of NVIDIA’s GeForce 3D Vision solution. On Friday Jens Schöbel, Technical Designer for Crytek will talk about their game engine’s use of stereoscopic 3D…

But if you are in Canada, then next week is also going to be interesting for you as GDC Canada 2010 will be taking place in Vancouver on May 6-7th. The Game Developers Conference Canada is a forum for Canadian developers to share best practices for fostering excellence and quality games within their region and distributed globally. And although not so focused on stereo 3D, there are still going to be some interesting panels covering that aspect of gaming, so you may consider visiting them.

Habib Zargarpour, Creative Director for Microsoft Game Studios, and advisory board member for The S-3D Gaming Alliance will have a 1 hour panel called “Stereo-3D Gaming: What Are We Waiting For?” on Thursday. And on Friday you should not miss the 1 hour session with David Coombes (SCEA) and Anton Mikhailov (SCEA) titled “Stereoscopic 3D for the PlayStation3 and Introducing PlayStation Move Motion Controller” that will explain the Stereoscopic 3D strategy taken by Sony Computer Entertainment.

To see the full schedule for the FMX 2010 conference in Germany…
To see the full schedule for the Game Developers Conference in Canada…

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Did You Already Watch Clash of the Titans in 2D or Converted in 3D?

April 5th, 2010 · 24 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos

Clash of the Titans is the latest just released movie to be shown in 3D, but it was not actually shot in stereo 3D, but instead was converted to 3D after being shot with normal 2D film cameras… just like in the case of Alice in Wonderland. It is interesting to note that the lead role of Perseus is being taken by Sam Worthington whom we all know from Avatar, but no blue aliens here, just some Greek Gods and Monsters. Clash of the Titans was launched in time for the Easter Holidays and in its first boxoffice weekend in USA it has managed to generated about $61 million which is a good start, but lets see how things will continue with the international results and in the next few weeks.

As with other 3D movies this one also has a 2D version being shown, but in much less theaters compared to the 3D conversion of the movie. It is interesting to note that the director of the movie did not intend it to be presented in 3D, the decision to go for 3D conversion came from the studio… they wanted to catch the stereo 3D craze going around lately and make more profit. Still this is a double sided edge as with not so good conversion from 2D to 3D the long term results can be bad as the viewers may not like what they see or not be impressed by it at all. There is already a lot of controversy regarding conversion to 3D, especially if not done right and a lot of people are complaining they did not like the conversion done in the Clash of the Titans.

Have you already watched the movie in 2D or maybe in 3D? If so please share your comments below – if you liked it, how was the conversion, did you like the 3D effect, did it help you get deeper in the story or just the opposite.? You can also mention in what 3D cinema you’ve watched if you know the technology they used – IMAX 3D, Real D, Dolby 3D or any other…

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