What is 3D Video?


3D video is not an entirely new technology, having been around in the film industry for many decades. However, the technologies that deliver this immersive form of video viewing are improving. New cameras, better viewing glasses, projection systems, software, and displays are starting to bring 3D video into its own at the consumer level, enabling new forms of creative expression and imaging. 3D video requires the capture of two images simultaneously, the same way our eyes do. Once captured, this dual imagery must be displayed or projected in a way our eyes and brain can resolve enough to be believable with the assistance of specialized eyewear. New LED-based systems that do not require special glasses show considerable promise, and consumer displays and televisions with 3D technologies began to appear on the markets in 2010; they have become popularized through more affordable models by companies such as LG and Toshiba. Contemporary applications and software are enabling people of all ages to produce their own 3D videos.

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  • - gillysalmon gillysalmon Jan 24, 2016 I regret the downturn in multi user 3 D world with the huge potential we saw- could 3D video be the way forward instead? your response here
  • - David.Cameron David.Cameron Feb 18, 2016 3D video, e.g. 360 degree video uploads to Youtube, and increasing number of consumer level 360 degree cameras and immersive headsets (Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift) will drive consumer uptake in creation and consumption of 3D video.

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