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Why 3D movies will never really work!

Hollywood movie sound editor Walter Murch outlined a number of 3D's downfalls reports the Seatle  MORE

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Panasonic’s Lumix 3D Camera

Panasonic's Lumix H-FT012 12.5mm f/12 3D G Lens is a simple idea. Instead of manufacturing a dedicated  MORE

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Avator Producer Q & A at Arclight Hollywood

Check out a screening of TITANTIC with Q & A by Avatar and Titanic producer Jon Landau. Arclight  MORE

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The Matrix in 3D.

Actor Keanu Reeves who appears as Neo in the first three movies of the sci-fi action drama - hinted he and the writers of the franchise, Andy and  MORE

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Venice Film Fest offers 3D Award

ROME -- The Venice Film festival yesterday announced plans for a new award for the festival's best Stereoscopic 3D film, adding a cutting-edge aspect  MORE

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Wednesday - January 26, 2011

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The Matrix in 3D.

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Actor Keanu Reeves who appears as Neo in the first three movies of the sci-fi action drama – hinted he and the writers of the franchise, Andy and Larry Wachowski, have discussed the possibility of shooting the two new movies in 3D. They are reportedly seeking advice from ‘Avatar’ creator James Cameron.

Reeves reportedly stated that the Wachowskis met with James Cameron to discuss the pros and cons of 3D and are looking to deliver something which has never been seen again. He stated that he still has an obligation to the fans to deliver a movie worthy of the title ‘The Matrix’ and he swears this time that the treatment will truly transform the action genre like the first movie,’ he added.

With 3D in all its rage, many news outlets are reporting on the headaches it causes for many. The success of 3D’s continued success is sure feels like it is up in the air.

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Tuesday - January 25, 2011

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Why 3D movies will never really work!

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Hollywood movie sound editor Walter Murch outlined a number of 3D’s downfalls reports the Seatle PI. He states that there are fundamental, biological reasons why 3D movies — though today’s hot film technology — just don’t work for our brains and why they never will.

First off, 3D movies appear a bit darker (about an F-stop, for you photographers out there) than their 2D cousins, Murch said, and horizontal movements cause more noticeable strobing or jerkiness around the edges of objects. Writing to film reviewer Roger Ebert, who posted the e-mail on his Chicago Sun-Times blog, Murch writes:

The biggest problem with 3D, though, is the “convergence/focus” issue. A couple of the other issues — darkness and “smallness” — are at least theoretically solvable. But the deeper problem is that the audience must focus their eyes at the plane of the screen — say it is 80 feet away. This is constant no matter what.

But their eyes must converge at perhaps 10 feet away, then 60 feet, then 120 feet, and so on, depending on what the illusion is. So 3D films require us to focus at one distance and converge at another. And 600 million years of evolution has never presented this problem before. All living things with eyes have always focussed (sic) and converged at the same point.


We can do this. 3D films would not work if we couldn’t. But it is like tapping your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time, difficult. So the “CPU” of our perceptual brain has to work extra hard, which is why after 20 minutes or so many people get headaches. They are doing something that 600 million years of evolution never prepared them for. This is a deep problem, which no amount of technical tweaking can fix. Nothing will fix it short of producing true “holographic” images.


A recent survey by the American Optometric Association found that 3D movies make as many as one in four people sick or uncomfortable. Headaches, blurred vision and nausea are common issues. It is no wonder why movie makers are now starting to speak their minds about 3D. Surely there will be more to come.




About Oscar Winner Murch: Walter Murch has three Academy Awards: one for mixing sound in “Apocalypse Now,” and one each for sound editing and sound mixing in “The English Patient.” More on Murch on IMDB here.

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Panasonic’s Lumix 3D Camera

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Panasonic’s Lumix H-FT012 12.5mm f/12 3D G Lens is a simple idea. Instead of manufacturing a dedicated 3D digital camera, the company has given Micro Four Thirds cameras owners the ability to capture true 3D images at a reasonable price.

However, if you don’t own a 3D monitor or HDTV, it is not recommend running out to buy a camera and the lens (which together would cost at least $650), but for the select few that already own a compatible Micro Four Thirds camera and a 3D display, this lens may be a an alright solution.

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Friday - April 30, 2010

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3D Industry Player: Ted Kenny…

Posted by 3D Staff at 3:44 AM

IN 3D NOW interviews Ted Kenney Director of Production of 3ality Digital about his general experiences in working with 3D – and the biggest challenge it faces today!

 

Here are some of the questions asked:

How many years have you been working in 3D?

Explain the different types of 3D out in the marketplace now?

What are your guidelines or best practices for shooting 3D?

What is the biggest challenge for 3D right now?

 

<NOTE: please excuse the sound, the microphone was broken, this video was shot in 3D.  3D clip version coming soon.>

 

2 min 40 sec., .mov file

 

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Interview with 3ality Digital CEO about the future of 3D

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IN 3D NOW interviews CEO of 3ality Digital Sandy Climan about the future of 3D and its challenges.  

 

Here are some of the questions asked:

When did you first start working with 3D?

What is the future of 3D?

What is the biggest challenge for 3D broadcasting?

 

<NOTE: please excuse the sound, the microphone was broken, 3D clip version coming soon.>

 

Time: 4 min 47 sec.

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Friday - March 19, 2010

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Avator Producer Q & A at Arclight Hollywood

Posted by 3D Staff at 12:58 PM

Check out a screening of TITANTIC with Q & A by Avatar and Titanic producer Jon Landau.

Arclight Cinemas Hollywood

Monday March 22, 2010

Showtime: 7:30PM

To purchase tickets go to: https://www.arclightcinemas.com

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Tuesday - March 16, 2010

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What is Samsung up to now?

Posted by 3D Staff at 6:36 AM

What is Samsung up to now?


Samsung announced plans to introduce 3D television sets in the coming months; the bet is that 3D TV will become the next hot products in an increasingly competitive electronics industry.

But what is there to watch?

There is a d 3D programming to watch, so what is there to watch? The only way to watch 3D is buy a 3D enabled Blu-ray player (and glasses). Addressing that concern, Samsang will provide a 3D version of “Monsters vs Alients” for every consumer who purchases a Samsung 3D TV and a 3D Blu-ray player. Samsung 46-inch 3D LCD models are expected to sell for about $1,700, while a 63-inch 3D plasma TV is estimated to go for $6,800. Each 3D TV includes at least one set of 3D glasses.

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Seriously now, live 3D on the TV?

Posted by 3D Staff at 6:16 AM

Seriously now, live 3D on the TV?

There is a big push by consumer electronics companies to bring 3D to our living rooms. However, one really must think about their agenda here. How many times over can we watch Avatar and UP in 3D? And will live 3D broadcast be healthy for our eyes? There is a lot of uncertainty about 3D in the home. I believe in human ingenuity but being practical sometimes, is more important.