What is 3D Video?

3D video is not an entirely new technology, having been around in the film industry for many decades. However, the technologies that deliver this immersive form of video viewing are improving. New cameras, better viewing glasses, projection systems, software and displays are starting to bring 3D video into its own at the consumer level, enabling new forms of creative expression and imaging. 3D video requires the capture of two images simultaneously, the same way our eyes do. Once captured, this dual imagery must be displayed or projected in a way our eyes and brain can resolve enough to be believable with the assistance of specialized eyewear. New LED-based systems that do not require special glasses show considerable promise, but currently require a very precise viewing angle. Consumer displays and televisions that support 3D technologies began to appear on the markets in 2010.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • your response here- rolf.schulmeister rolf.schulmeister Nov 7, 2011we are developing a sign language dictionary in 3D for German sign language of the deaf
  • another response here- rolf.schulmeister rolf.schulmeister Nov 7, 20113D video should be separated or differentiated from 3D animation video. 3D animation is much more useful for education and science because artificial objects can be created ore real objects re-created in order to demonstrate certain characteristics or processes of these objects; thus a heart in 3D animation in medicin might be more illustrative than a 3D video of the heart
  • 3D rendering of design objects or architecture, mapping and planning flythroughs- DaveP DaveP Nov 20, 2011
  • 3D video will be increasingly used - and useful - for documenting and viewing archaeological and architecturally significant sites- paul.turner paul.turner Nov 20, 2011

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • your response here- rolf.schulmeister rolf.schulmeister Nov 7, 2011some people (not few, people with bad eyesight, albinos) have difficulties viewing movies in 3D which has to do with eye and equilibrium coordination; it may be one of the reasons why 3D video never will be a general medium; since not all topics are suitable for 3D, probably only very popular media will employ it
  • The rapid development of low cost consumer and prosumer 3D camera systems and 3D phones, portable game consoles/systems, projectors and screens- paul.turner paul.turner Nov 20, 2011

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • your response here- rolf.schulmeister rolf.schulmeister Nov 7, 2011as said, 3D animations might play a much more useful role in education, in medicine, in architecture, in physics etc.
  • another response here- rolf.schulmeister rolf.schulmeister Nov 7, 20113D video might be used at its best in sports education
  • design, architecture, geography and geology, forensics- DaveP DaveP Nov 20, 2011

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area? - rolf.schulmeister rolf.schulmeister Nov 7, 2011yes, see above, the lexicon of German sign language

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