Good News: I See 3D
It has been a good 3D month for me. A local cinema has been running a series of classic 3D movies from the 1950s, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, which takes place almost entirely in one room of an apartment (okay, a London flat), an ideal distance range for natural stereoscopic 3D. The master director was also sure to fill the depth with furniture and other props.
Then I saw Step Up 3D, a younger director’s much more recent masterful use of the medium. I highly recommend Jon Chu’s feature for 3D viewing.
I’ve been working on a 3D research project; I heard from inventor Jimmie D. Songer, a pioneer of single-lens, single-camera 3D; and then, today, ISee3D. That last wasn’t a grammatical error and typo. Perhaps I should have said I saw ISee3D.
They, too, have been working on single-lens, single-camera 3D. They’ve even done it at high speed for slow motion, and they showed me 3D endoscope footage shot in the interior of a red pepper. But the best part of the demo was the little camera in a corner of a conference room, shooting live motion full-color 3D (displayed live on an ordinary 3D screen at the opposite corner of the room).
That was one camera with one lens, picking up 3D. You can read more about it (including a technology white paper and their base patent) here: http://isee3d.com/
No, you can’t rush out and buy one just yet, but, if all goes well, attendees at next April’s NAB convention will see something developed even further.