Content Creation to Living Room Display

While last month the movers and shakers attended NewBay Media’s 3DTV2011 event, today geeks like me were at the SMPTE/IEEE sponsored 3D Workshop. Here are some take-aways:

  • 2011 should be the make-it or break it year for consumer 3D as Panasonic helps underwrite the Discovery/Sony 3D channel and ESPN promises 100 original events on its 3D network.
  • Visio is expected to come out with a line of “pattern retarder” 3D TV’s that use cheap polarized glasses like you wear in the movies.
  • Remember the Viewmaster? Expect to see a lot of consumer 3D cameras at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
  • Most ill effects from 3D viewing are a result of poor choices made during capture & post production. Duh.
  • 3D content is shot and mastered for a certain screen size and viewing distance. Features should be remastered for home viewing else “viewing sickness” could result.
  • In real life your eyes converge and focus in the same place. In projected 3D, your eyes are always focused on the screen. (Which is why 3D may not be healthy for children or other some other living things.)

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