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 academic and research libraries?

  • the price of this technology is dropping and now with a screen that doesn't require special glasses to view, I see more promise. I can see the library having this type of technology for students and faculty to use as well as equipment for checkout. - dianeb dianeb Apr 9, 2015
  • Agreed potential too for new type of content in books and journals online - DaveP DaveP Apr 14, 2015
  • I have been asked to buy the GoPro setup for 3D video, but we've not done it yet. - lcshedd lcshedd Apr 23, 2015

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

  • Creation of content for learning by libraries, library instruction, navigation etc - DaveP DaveP Apr 14, 2015
  • as Dave says above, library instruction. As well in the area of instructional technology there is immense potential. - ahaar ahaar Apr 25, 2015

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on academic and research libraries?

  • I do personally agree there is significant potential to viewing rich imagery in a range of fields leveraging 3D, much of the first wave(s) of consumer 3D programming on television networks was being funded by significant investments from the television manufacturers. As 3D excitement has transitioned to 4K+ and OLED, these investments in 3D programming (not including Hollywood) seems to have leveled off. I'd be interested to hear perspectives from others. - dicksonk dicksonk Apr 9, 2015 - DaveP DaveP Apr 14, 2015
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