Future Tense: 3D Or Not 3D



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I fully agree with you, David, and with James Cameron as well, who also thinks that 3D expansion is inevitable and already takes place. In addition to these thoughts I've stumbled upon this article http://convert-to-3d.com/articles/glasses-free_3d_in-flight_entertainment.html which confirmes that soon airlines and autos will be equipped with 3D screens as well. And what's great no need to wear glasses thanx to parallax barrier



Am I wrong in thinking that a holographic movie would mean people seated at different angles would see different angles of a scene?  Camera control is a vital part of cinematography, and it's hard to maintain creative control when user variables are so unpredictable.  I'd liken it to websites rendering differently on different browsers in different fonts at different resolutions.



I'm having one heck of a time picturing your little saucer camer and how it would capture a real-world image.  Care to visualize the device you're talking about?  The concept sounds interesting, but I can't grasp how it would actually work in practice.






YA! It's so un-real! This added level of depth I'm currently seeing is so overhyped. As I look around my office I wish that everything was a flat 2D image...

Oh, you mean 3D video...

Care to expand on your "3D sucks" statement as to why YOU feel that "3D sucks"?



As a person that bought a 3D TV a little less then a year ago I have to say I don't use the 3D as much as I first did. When the source material is done with 3D in mind and done well, it's great. Problem is often it's not done well, and 3D is then more of a check mark on the "must have" feature list.

Still it's a great TV and I don't regret buying it. I think (or hope) as it becomes more and more an everyday feature, the over all quality will improve. I find most often when I do use it it's more for games then anything. In fact I'm considering getting a Nvidia card with the 3D software to pipe PC games to it. My PS3 is great, but I'd really love to play a good PC RPG in 3D. That would be a blast.

As for the subject at hand, of course the current tech is transitory. When you think about it almost all tech is that way. But it's nice to see that the limitations of holograms may soon be overcome. The real question is when will it become common place? The prototype maybe ten years away, when you'll see one in everyone's living/media room? Who knows on that one. I hope I'll be around to see it, but kind of doubt I will.

There is one very tantlizing thought I had when Mr. Ellis mentioned an "immersion room". A short jump from that to the good old ST holo deck.

Funny how art may imitate life, but life seems to often take it's direction from art.



Here's the thing: marketing is jamming this stuff down consumers throats when they don't even care that much about it. I could understand if people were demanding it, but I've noticed even the average moron doesn't put much considertion into 3D at all when purchasing a TV and sees it as a gimmick. 

Honestly, in my experience, people buying at the low end usually only care about price and the name brand and videophiles only care about accurate picture quality. Manufacturers need to worry about putting out displays with better color reproduction,contrast,accurate calibration and things like that before they need to worry about added gimmicks. (It seems like even total crap displays are pushing 3d nowadays.)


Seriously, manufacturers please learn how to calibrate a display or at least adding and an accurate mode in the controls. It's totaly unnessary how much effort consumers have to put into messing with settings all day just to get a reasonably good looking picture. I'm not lazy, but I shouldn't have to pay a professional or buy a fancy doodad just to not make my LCD look decent out of the box. I would honestly pay more for a display if it addvertized an accurate calibrated setup.



I don't agree.  I think the 3D movement  is a gimic that is being played up by companies.  Its nice in a movie theater maybe, but even then I get headaches.  It really doesn't look smooth 3d either, so I think its just a fab like it was in the 80s.  Maybe someday with new technology it will become important to people.  But for me, its the last think I care about.



While what you said is true or agreeable (to me), I think you missed the overall point of the article. You say "someday with new technology it will become important" -- that was exactly what the majority of this article was talking about. You downplay 3D technology as a whole based on today's technology, which this article does mention the poor quality of, and as such you basically offered an invalid opinion, considering the lengthy discussion about holography rather than today's stereoscopy (or whatever it's called).


Michael Ellis

All that you said is true, but I think the demand for immersion is there even if the current solutions are gimmicky pieces of shit. I think that this article got it right, current TV's are a transition. I think what is going on is that companies know about a desire their customers have and are trying to feed it with what technology they can reasonably produce at the moment. 

After all, I think what people really want from a movie experience, plot aside, is immersion. That's why we have IMAX, surround sound, and 3D. I also doubt 3D will stop at a wall, mounted panel. Its possible that this is all a transition into "immersion rooms" where every wall is a 3D panel or something along those lines- a little far fetched I know, but still...People don't just see movies or read stories, they become a part of them. That's why video games have such an appeal, because people can not only become a part of the story, but interact with and (at least in their perception) create their own stories  in them.

Technology is, at least while there is a sufficient economic, social, and political structure to support it, in a constant state of progression. We clearly won't stick with 2D forever.


Michael Ellis

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