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3D News Round-Up: Stereoscopic Nazis, Metropolitan Opera's 3D Fractals & YouTube Mobile 3D and the World's First 3D Phone


Two thirty-minute B&W 3D Nazi propaganda films made in 1936 were recently discovered in Berlin's Federal Archives by Australian documentary filmmaker Phillippe Mora. The first is a musical called So Real You Can Touch It (featuring sizzling bratwurst on a barbeque) and the second is titled Six Girls Roll into Weekend. For more info, see this article in the UK's Guardian.

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3D without "goofy glasses" is coming to the Metropolitan Opera next season, according to this article in the New York Times. It will be employed in Robert Lepage's production of Siegfried, the third installment of the Ring Cycle. Unlike twin-lens stereoscopic projection, they'll be utilizing a new system developed by 26 year-old computer engineer Catalin Alexandru Duru that employs fractal geometry and banks of projectors casting images on a 45-ton set consisting of 24 planks that rotate on a single axis and move up and down. The tech was licensed by Duru to a company called RĂ©alisations.

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YouTube's 3D channel will begin supporting 3D mobile uploads according to this piece on the electronista site. The first mobile device to enable this will be the world's first 3D phone LG's Optimus 3D. It has twin cameras and a 4.3 inch autostereoscopic display.

Will this be a major turning point in the acceptance of user-created 3D video? A phone that shoots 3D video is pretty impressive in my book!

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