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13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 30, 2010, 08:35 Ant
 
kanniballl wrote on Jul 30, 2010, 08:32:
My brother brought home some free 3D glasses so I could watch Chuck and whatever else in 3D. I think it was on after the SuperBowl or something.

I did not enjoy it.


Firstly I have a slight astigmatism, so I actually have to focus just-right to make it out. And all of that for the occasional gimmick like an object flying at you.


Now, if it was real honest-to-goodness 3D like holograms and such then I would be psyched. But just the whole 3D glasses bit from the old days is not much of lure.


Things I would love to see / experience before I die but won't.

  • Common mass-produced hologram projectors for games/films/whatever

  • Truly sensory fooling virtual reality with decent visuals, touch feedback, etc.

  • Man on mars

  • Affordable civilian trips into space.

  • Cool cybernetics

  • Ditto. SuperBowl 3D TV ads. and Chuck 3D didn't work with my eyes. Plus, sitting for the whole episode was annoying.
     
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    12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 30, 2010, 08:32 kanniballl
     
    My brother brought home some free 3D glasses so I could watch Chuck and whatever else in 3D. I think it was on after the SuperBowl or something.

    I did not enjoy it.


    Firstly I have a slight astigmatism, so I actually have to focus just-right to make it out. And all of that for the occasional gimmick like an object flying at you.


    Now, if it was real honest-to-goodness 3D like holograms and such then I would be psyched. But just the whole 3D glasses bit from the old days is not much of lure.


    Things I would love to see / experience before I die but won't.

  • Common mass-produced hologram projectors for games/films/whatever

  • Truly sensory fooling virtual reality with decent visuals, touch feedback, etc.

  • Man on mars

  • Affordable civilian trips into space.

  • Cool cybernetics

  •  
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    11. Re: Is 3D already dying? Jul 29, 2010, 20:29 eRe4s3r
     
    The worst is imo that PR even calls this 3D - its not 3D. As any 3D Artist can attest - 3D means free 360 full spherical freedom. This 3D is 2 plane shifting - no more than the cheap "fake 3d images" you have seen 20 years ago.

    Now granted i also suffer from the "3D eye" problem where it causes headache - but until the 3D is actually what i think when i hear it - meaning hologram (at the least - i am not even talking about holodecks) this is absolute dead technology, that only drives on PR hype. Avatar was only by far the only decent 3D Movie made (quality wise) and if nothing else then the huge costs to do 3D right will hopefully end this hype.
     
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    10. Re: Is 3D already dying? Jul 29, 2010, 19:33 Rigs
     
    God, I hope so.

    Creston

    Amen.

    Holy Jeezus, Creston, you took the words right outta my mouth. I read that 'Is 3D already dying?' and the first thing I thought was 'God, I f'n hope so!'...I imagine I'm not the only one with that sentiment...

    It's weird. Before my father passed away in October...well, actually even before he got sick and could really care about such things, say in June of last year, him and I were talking about the whole 3D thing. When he bought our 52" rear-projection HDTV, the sales guy had actually told him that maybe he would like to hold off on the purchase for a little while, until the new 3D tv's came out. When he told me this, I was shocked. A sales rep telling a possible customer not to buy?!? We discussed it afterward, since I unfortunately didn't go with him to buy the tv. (I told him 'Repeat over and over in your head - 52" LCD 120hz 1080p NAME BRAND! Samsung or Sony would be the best. He comes home with a rear-projection Mitsubishi HDTV...well, at least it was a Japanese company and he got the size right... )
    He had always been fascinated with the hologram game from Star Wars: Ep4 in the Falcon between R2 and Chewy (forget the name at the moment). Ever since then, he was convinced that he would see something like that in his lifetime. So when he saw all this stuff about 3D, he got excited. I had to let him down gently and tell him it was no more than the 3D B-movies he watched in the drive-in's when he was around my age. So now whenever I hear something or see something about 3D tv or movies, I think of him...


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    9. Re: Is 3D already dying? Jul 29, 2010, 18:16 Ant
     
    Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 29, 2010, 11:25:
    Creston wrote on Jul 29, 2010, 10:27:
    God, I hope so.

    Creston
    Amen.
    It better since it doesn't work with my eyes!
     
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    8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 29, 2010, 17:37 Beamer
     

    After seeing Avatar in 3D (terrible movie, great effects, complete novelty), Monsters v. Aliens in 3D (meh), and Toy Story 3 in 3D (3D notably detracted from the experience), I chose to see Despicable Me in 2D. Aside from some lame scenes clearly made for 3D, I feel I missed nothing. Made out, actually.

    I think the death knell will be Step Up 2 the Streets 3D. C'mon, have you guys seen this trailer? It seems like every dance scene is set up so it's filmed dead-on with one dude up front kicking into the screen. I can't imagine this is anything other than a jumped-the-shark moment (to confuse mediums.)

    3D is cool as a rare gimmick, especially when done well. Avatar. By now the magic is gone (it lasted 3 films for me, and I didn't even see the lame stuff that was post-processed into garbage 3D.) I have no interest in going back to it.
     
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    7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 29, 2010, 16:35 Wallshadows
     
    Also, movies that skew to younger audiences, like Despicable Me, will have more 2D viewers, since children under 6 are not supposed to experience the 3D illusion.

    You're assuming most parents are educated, which is not always the case.

    It's likely the fact that when a family goes to the movies, the difference is likely 40$ + pop corn or 60$ + pop corn.

    Maybe I'd be a terrible parent, but I would go for the cheaper option.
     
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    6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 29, 2010, 15:17 Beamer
     

    hard to say. it's not something i'd ever consider buying but espn has an all 3d channel now, the x-games are being broadcast in 3d, and now it doesn't cost theaters anything extra to play a 3d movie opposed to a normal one

    I had a meeting with ESPN a few months back where we were discussing 3D. The woman was explaining the X-Games to me. "Imagine all those guys coming right at your face!"

    I nearly had to excuse myself.
     
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    5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 29, 2010, 14:15 scratz
     
    These 3D statistics are worthless. The pivot point needs to lie in the percentage of seats sold against the percentage of 3D vs non-3D theaters. It may well be that "Despicable Me" was available on more 2D screens than Avatar, which would account for the sales difference.

    Also, movies that skew to younger audiences, like Despicable Me, will have more 2D viewers, since children under 6 are not supposed to experience the 3D illusion.

    Just thinking out loud.
     
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    4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 29, 2010, 12:49 Nucas
     
    hard to say. it's not something i'd ever consider buying but espn has an all 3d channel now, the x-games are being broadcast in 3d, and now it doesn't cost theaters anything extra to play a 3d movie opposed to a normal one. if they ever deign to pass that saving on to moviegoers it may stick around for a while, though it's definitely something i'd consider pure novelty and kind of annoying.  
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    3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 29, 2010, 11:55 space captain
     
    i wonder which 5% of people didnt see that coming  
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    2. Re: Is 3D already dying? Jul 29, 2010, 11:25 Mr. Tact
     
    Creston wrote on Jul 29, 2010, 10:27:
    God, I hope so.

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    Amen.
     
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    1. Is 3D already dying? Jul 29, 2010, 10:27 Creston
     
    God, I hope so.

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