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Why 3D is About to Break Through, explains the BBC

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Mark Ward, the technology correspondent of the BBC news website has an excellent article and video that explains why 3D enthusiasts should be happy: our niche interest is about to explode into the mainstream.

For a long time 3D movies and TV shows have been a bit of a gimmick. They have been used to re-energise a tired franchise, help a film stand out at a crowded box office or to give TV viewers a glimpse of what the future might hold.

But many in the 3D production industry now say that future may be closer than ever before. Film makers, technology companies and post-production outfits recently gathered at the historic Shepperton Studios to assess just how far 3D has come and where it goes next.

The 3D technology gathering favour is based around stereoscopic projection. As its name implies this involves projecting two images. The viewer wears spectacles that ensure one image goes to each eye and lets the brain piece the two together to give the sense of solidity.

"3D has always been seen as complicated because you had technical issues during acquisition, post-production and distribution," said Mark Horton from Quantel - a maker of digital editing equipment. "Now we have digital acquisition and digital distribution and digital projection systems a lot of those problems have gone away," he said.

For the complete article, go here.

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