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P Molly G Production 2015
Molly G Production has been carrying out audio/video production work for over 25 years, and for the last few years we have been working to develop and refine our 3D photographic and video techniques . The result of this development is that we are now able to carry out 3D work in most of the more common formats at prices that would previously have been thought of as impossible.
3D Formats That We Work In
There are a number of different 3D formats and we are able to supply just about every type depending on your requirements.
ANAGLYPH A format that was popular during the 1950s and 60s that has made a number of comebacks. It requires viewing with coloured glasses depending on the type of anaglyph used. By far the most common and simplest to view is Red/Cyan and is the type of anaglyph often viewed in comics. The glasses are very cheap and easy to obtain and many people can view at the same time. Most early 3D films were in anaglyph and the pictures are also easy to print and view as books or photo prints. The downside of anaglyph is that the glasses effect the colour and brightness to some extent, but there are techniques used to reduce the problem.
SIDE BY SIDE was very popular in Victorian times and consists of two pictures representing left and right eye views. The pictures were traditionally printed as stereo cards, and looked at with optical viewers of various kinds. Many people still enjoy this style of 3D and it can also be viewed on computer or TV screens with an appropriate viewer. There are two types of side by side viewing, PARALLEL, where each eye views the picture in front of it and CROSS EYE where the eyes are crossed to view the left picture with the right eye and vice versa. There are viewers available for both types but it is quite easy to train yourself to FREEVIEW, with no glasses at all. All Side by side 3D allows for full colour viewing and is the basis for modern Cinema and 3D TV stereo viewing.
LENTICULAR PRINTS are a way of printing a 3D or animated image that shows either 3D depth or animation, depending on the style. A very fine lenticular lens covers the image which enables both eyes to see different parts of the picture without special glasses. They can be mounted or framed for a fascinating picture which looks like no other. They have been around for a few years, but have previously been very expensive to produce, however we have a partner company in the USA who is able to supply us with one off prints at very competitive prices.
Why Bother With 3D?
Assuming that you have reasonably normal vision, then you see the world continuously in 3D, as the positioning of your eyes gives you a slightly different view for each, allowing you to judge depth and distance. Without that ability it would be difficult to pick objects up and interface with things around us. We also use other cues to judge our spatial awareness, such as movement, sound etc, but we can represent a three dimensional scene by using the left and right images that our eyes view, to see apparent depth and distance in film and photo.
This gives a much more lifelike view of a scene and enables us to feel a sense of being there, rather than just watching a flat two dimensional view. Even a simple subject springs to life when we can see how each part of an image relates in size and space to all the other parts. A deep gorge or valley suddenly has real depth, a piece of engineering has dimension and scale, flowers and plants look as though you can individually touch them and people reach out to you.
The application of 3D Video and Photography is as wide as your imagination, so contact us to view examples and discuss your ideas.
Just for fun, here are a couple of 3D images for you to experiment with glasses free viewing. The first picture is a ‘Crosseye’ view, so view the picture with the screen about 1 metre from your eyes, then place your finger a few inches from your nose. Focus on your finger whilst being aware of the white dots above the pictures. Slowly move your finger a few inches closer to the screen until you become aware of a third picture between the other two, with the white dots merging above it. Keep your focus, but move your finger away and you should see a 3D picture between the other two. It may take a few attempts, but once you can do it, it will become quicker and easier.
The next picture is a Parallel side by side 3D which requires a slightly different technique. Just look at the screen from about 1 metre, but this time try to relax your eyes or look past the screen, but remain aware of the white dots. As your eyes relax, the dots should appear to move together and when they coincide, you should see a 3D picture between them. Some people can see one format easier than the other and there are varying techniques that people use to freeview. Of course you can also use an appropriate viewer, and we are able to supply all our 3D work for 3D TV viewing and of course in anaglyph for printed or screen viewing