What does everyone think about the 3D craze that seems to be happening in films at the moment?
I watched The Final Destination in 3D today using the new RealD projector at the cinema and the 3D effect in my eyes really added to the fun capable of a film producing, and adds a lot more depth you are missing watching a 2D presentation.
I've been to many IMAX 3D showings and thought the same back then too.
The issues people have with 3D, seems to be the glasses themselves (though glasses free displays are being developed), and the fact some people say it harms the eyes.
The technology (at least the polarisation versions used in Imax 3D/RealD cinema's) works just like real life. One eye gets one view, and vice versa.
The only issue for me, is the frame rate the 3D effect is performed at compared to real life (obviously)
RealD uses one 120hz projector, capable of the effect of 2 frames appearing together, yet is switching 2 images alternating, and using a polarisor lens so one eye cannot recieve one of the images.
120FPS to me is still far too low for the 3D effect to be substantial.
I can still see flickering. Not enough to hurt my eyes at least, but its noticable for me, especially when having to focus from within the distance, to closer objects near you.
That is where the headaches etc come from, from this tech.
The Imax 3D experience however uses 2 projectors running at standard speed, but 24fps isn't enough for 3D viewing, for sure, especially in fast moving scenes. Its fine for 2D however.
What does everyone else think?
Sony are going to be releasing Sony Bravia TV's capable of 3D polerisation in 2010, which will work with all released PS3 games released so far, and in the future.
I just think they have to work a lot more on producing more frames per second. 240hz may relieve the effect completly.
However, the new film Avatar by James Cameron, is using a new type of 3D camera, that functions a lot more like the eyes do when an object appears closer (the lenses actually turn towards each other), and further away (pull apart), so the focusing problem a lot of people have with 3D will fade.