Saturday, February 12, 2011

3D News

Active 3D Glasses vs. Passive
Panasonic UK's product specialist for consumer products, Steve Lucas, talked to Pocket-Lint about three-dimensional TV and explains why active glasses are better than passive:
There will always be the type of home cinema buff who wants the ultimate viewing experience and active shutter system is the only technlogy that can offer that at the moment. It's right to have the choice available so that they can step into 3D at a level that suits their pocket. But, to have the best picture quality does require the active glasses which have a lot of technology in them. There's currently no other option for getting full HD to each eye
Pocket-lint: Panasonic: Active 3D better than passive

Panasonic HDC-SD90 and WW-CLT1 3D review
The T3 blog has a short review of the HDC-SD90, and mentions using it with the WW-CLT1 3D lens, a real budget solution:
Connecting the 3D lens to the camcorder does take a bit of getting used to. You have to add a lens ring (which comes with the lens), then bolt the 3D lens on to this. The lens is actually a tad heavier than the camcorder it's connected to so, which makes the whole thing top heavy, but you get used to this once you have shot some footage with the device.
T3: Panasonic HDC-SD90 review
Amazon: Panasonic HDC-SD90K 3D Compatible SD Memory Camcorder (Black) [$549.00 pre-order]

3D Channel on DirecTV starts Sunday
3Net , the 3D channel from Sony, Discovery and IMAX will launch this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, starting with "China Revealed."
TelevisionBroadcast: 3Net to Launch Sunday on DirecTV

ESPN 3D launches Feb 14, 2011

Wim Wenders 3D Art Film
Wim Wenders has made a 3D documentary about the German choreographer Pina Bausch. He said that for many years he struggled for a way to convey the space, of dance until he saw the digital concert film U2 3D in 2006. Even then, the "early" 3D had problems;
In 2006, the best 3D cameras still had difficulty capturing rapid motion. There was a shuttering effect: A dancer running across the stage would suddenly seem to have three legs or four arms.
But after four years, the technology had advanced to the point where it would work.
"3D really thrives on space -- the 3D camera loves infinity, the horizon," Wenders says. "It's a shame the 3D most people have seen wasn't shot in the real world but in the studios because it's in the real world where 3D really comes into its own."
HollywoodReporterWim Wenders Creates World's First 3D Art Film

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