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Snapily3D Application for Taking 3D Photos With iPhone and iPad

December 13th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Shooting in 3D

Snapily3Dicon is an interesting application for the Apple iPhone and iPad devices that allows you to take 3D photos with the 2D camera that these devices have. The way it works is similar to how Sony does it with their 2D digital cameras using the 3D Sweep Panorama function to generate 3D images from a single sensor/lens digital camera, so essentially you move the device like you are shooting a panorama swiping it around the object you want captured in stereoscopic 3D. The application itself offers a quick and simple visual guide on how you need to shoot in order to get the 3D photo generated and be able to view it in 3D mode, but I can say that I’ve had some trouble at first in actually getting a useable image. Snappily3D records a burst of few hundred photos in a time interval of up to 15 seconds, the time you have available so to move your iDevice, then analyzes if the captured footage is Ok for generating a 3D image or not. If it is not enough you get an annoying message and I saw it a lot at first (it is worse on the iPad, better on the iPhone as it has a better camera), if it is Ok the program starts to generate the 3D image that apparently consists of 10 different views.

After your 3D photo is processed and saved you can view the result in pseudo stereo 3D mode or as it is called Gyroscope 4D Mode in the application, this uses the built-in accelerometer in the device so that when you move it to the sides it switches between the different views for the 3D photo it has generated. The Gyroscope 4D Mode looks quite Ok, but if the movement between the different views can be made a bit smoother it would’ve been even nicer. The other option available to view the photo in stereo 3D mode is to use a pair of anaglyph 3D glasses (multiple color filters are supported besides the traditional red-cyan), use the cross-eyed viewing method or the Hasbro My3D adapter for viewing. You can also easily share the photo on popular social media websites, send it by email or just save it in the Photos folder of your device… if saving mind what is the currently selected 3D viewing format as is is the one you get the image saved in. Saving the photo also leaves a watermark on it “Created with Snapily 3D” which in the case of the using cross-eye viewing method for example misplaced the position of the watermark in the two photos making it unusable. On the Hasbro My3D adapter viewing method for example the watermark is only placed in the right eye view, and another possible issue is the fact that even in the modes where you see the left/right views of the image you still get the accelerometer movement of the image, so there is some more to be desired from this application, but these things should be easily fixable anyway.

Another interesting feature that the Snappily3D application offers is the ability to print the 3D photos you have taken with the application on paper in 3D using Snapily 3D photo printing services (lenticular prints). This will cost you $3.99 per photo print and thanks to the fact that the software already creates the multiple views if the photos are looking good in 3D on the device you shot them with, they should also be very nice on print… at least regarding the stereoscopic 3D effect. The resolution of the 3D images is unfortunately a bit low, especially for print, with Snapily3D you get two options available – SD quality (480×320) or HD quality (960×640), these are pretty much OK for viewing on iPhone or iPad, but won’t be that great on print. Still it is worth trying out what will be the end result with a few photos printed in 3D.

The website Snapily also offers the ability for printing out larger 3D photos using lenticular prints, from photos in JPS or MPO file format taken with 3D-capable devices such as Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1, Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W3, Panasonic DMC 3D1, HTC Evo3D, LG Optimus3D, Sharp Aquos3D or LG Thrill 4D. But you should also be able to print stereoscopic 3D game screenshots for example or something that you have edited in stereo 3D format. Snapily supports 3D photo prints with the following sizes: 4×6″, 5×7″, 6×9″ and the prices for single photos in these sizes are respectively $4.32, $6.30 and $9.72 USD, although for multiple 3D prints you may get a better price. Have in mind that since we are talking about lenticular prints for 3D photos not all real stereo 3D photos may look that great when printed due to the fact that lenticular printing requires multiple views per 3D photo and normally 3D cameras shoot only two views. This means that the extra views required for the lenticular 3D print need to be extrapolated from the two views that you already have and that not always produce the best end results. You are of course welcome to share your feedback from Snapily if you have already used their services…

For more information about the Snapily3D application for iOS devices…
For more information about Snapily’s lenticular 3D photo printing services…

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i3DCamera Free App For Taking Stereo 3D Photos With iPhone

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

i3DCamera is another application from Masuji Suto for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices equipped with a camera for quickly and easily taking stereo 3D photos with automatic alignment. The i3DCamera can be considered as a much simpler version of i3DSteroid by the same author, because in the latest version 1.2 it also got support for automatic alignment. i3DCamera however is available for free and is only intended for taking photos in 3D (taking two photos with a little offset) with auto alignment and the ability to save the resulting 3D photo in Side by Side format or send it for further manipulation in the i3DSteroid application if you have it installed as well on your iDevice. The i3DSteroid application has much more features and can be yours for just $0.99 USD.

To download and try the i3DCamera stereo 3D photo appliation from the App Store…

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World’s Most Beautiful 3D Magazine for Mobile Phones and Tablets

August 18th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Anaglyph Glasses

World’s Most Beautiful (WMB) 3D is an ambitious new magazine that is going to be available on print in 3D and online for mobile devices such as Android-based smartphones and iPhone, as well as for Android-based tablets and Apple’s iPad in both 2D and 3D. The mobile applications for accessing the magazine from Android-based devices as well as for the iPhone and iPad are already available in the Android Market and Apple’s AppStore respectively. WMB actually is a 3D magazine with the 2D version being there just for the sakes of “backwards compatibility” as not everyone is yet 3D-ready and here by 3D I’m referring to anaglyph 3D made for anaglyph glasses with red-cyan color filters. The magazine’s first issue is just out and it features Kim Kardashian as a cover girl, but the magazine is not only about models and celebrities, it covers topics such as travel, gadgets and technology and so on, so it seems promising so far. But don’t get the wrong idea it will be most for the photos in 3D and not as much for the content in the form of text as the text is after all still in 3D and it won’t look that cool even if it is made in 3D as would the photos of beautiful girls or expensive cars.

There were a lot of newspapers and magazines all over the world that went out with single issues made in mostly or entirely in 3D, but this appears to be the first commercial magazine that starts as a completely 3D publication and will continue to be made entirely in 3D. Will this turn out to be a successful strategy or not is yet to be seen, but if it succeeds we are sure to see more publications to follow this trend. So let us see how things go from now on with the WMB 3D magazine now after the first issue is already out…

Visit the official website of the World’s Most Beautiful 3D Magazine for more information…

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