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?

  • I'm really excited about the potential for 3D printing to finally promote the 'maker' culture...particular for design type subjects- but perhaps it could impact across many disciplines - gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 27, 2015
  • How does 3D printing link with 3D videos? - gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 27, 2015
  • It will be useful in helping students to discern 3D structures.For example, students struggle figuring out the relative positions of the stomachs in a ruminant digestive tract. Or engineers discern the substructures in a 3D construction. - helen.farley helen.farley Mar 4, 2015

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

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

  • At the moment, students could discern 3D structures through experiencing them in an immersive, 3D environment but typically only small numbers of students could do that at any one time. 3D videos would enable large classes of students to have a similar experience just as moviegoers would do in a cinema. - helen.farley helen.farley Mar 4, 2015
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • These videos are commercially available: http://www.designmate.com/aboutus.html and I think it is just a matter of time before videos are genuinely 3D as the price of the equipment becomes more affordable. - helen.farley helen.farley Mar 4, 2015
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