ColorCode 3D- A Relatively New and Propriety System for Anaglyphic Stereo
ColorCode 3D is the 3D technique that was used for several ads in SuperBowl 2009 and NBC's 3D broadcast of the sit-com Chuck on Feb, 2, 2009.
ColorCode 3D viewers have blue and amber colored lenses in place of the traditional red and blue (or cyan) lenses of the more common anaglyph glasses. On their website they explain that the color information is conveyed through the amber filter and the depth (or parallax) information is conveyed through the blue filter.
The technicians at ColorCode in Denmark claim that their system represents a significant improvement over red-blue anaglyph processes, giving the viewer full color stereoscopic images without dimness or distortion.
They also say that their method is most compatible with the widest range of display media: prints (inkjet, offset press, digital photo printing), mobile devices, computer and TV screens, (CRT. LCD, LED & Plasma) displays, analogue and digital projectors (LCD, DLP, LCOS).
Since ColorCode 3D is new to me, I'd like to invite the NYSS audience to provide us with feedback.
Have you used this method to produce anaglyphs? Did you catch the SuperBowl ads or the NBC program Chuck? Tell us about your experience and rate the quality of the 3D.
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Update 3/11/09: Steen Svendstorp Iversen from ColorCode has responded to our question about the new blue/amber anaglyph format (below).
What is special about ColorCode 3-D compared to earlier blue/amber, is the exactly defined amount of filter leakage (crosstalk) and the algorithm we apply to cancel the experienced ghosting introduced by that.
The leakage results in better color rendition, especially in skin tones.
Further, it is correct, that blue is not a detail carrying color, but modern compression (MPEG2 at high bitrates and H.264) yields enough blue detail for a good result. Any analog composite video cable in the chain, however, is destructive to the experience (like is the case with red/cyan, really).
A positive side effect of blue not being a detail carrying color is, that many ColorCode stereograms look quite acceptable to the naked eye as 2D images; an important feature in many applications, including broadcasts.