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Yesterday the nominees for the 84th Academy Awards Oscars were announced. See details on this Wikipedia page. Hugo, widely regarded as the best 3D film of all times, leads with eleven nominations. But how did 3D fare overall? And did Stereoscopic Native 3D beat converted 2D to 3D?Overall, 3D films received a total of 23 nominations; Not bad considering that many critics have declared 3D for dead in year 2 “post- Avatar”. Scorsese’s masterpiece Hugo collected nominations in many categories 11. Other notable 3D nominations included Transformers and Harry Potter 3each. And six films were nominated for one Oscar each: Tintin, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, La Luna, Pina and Rio. As always, the total number of nominations a film receives is not necessarily interesting as there are many minor categories like best original song Rio, best makeup Harry Potter,
We are currently experimenting an interesting phase on the 3D TV “hype cycle” with a few very promising statistics coming from Asia and Middle East.In a few European countries 3D seems to be taking off slower than expected. This week the news that Canal+ is ceasing its 3D channel has shocked various stakeholders in the industry. Disclaimer: As distributor of 3D content I am biased, but here is my opinion and two reasons why Canal+ 3D failed:
Viewers Choose Passive 3D Over Active 3D TV Sets
To many people, a 3D TV set is a 3D TV set. But it’s not, there are two distinct systems being sold right now. Active and passive 3DTV are fighting it out to win the 3D format crown, and LG have released data showing that passive 3D is preferred by viewers.
Passive 3D beats Active in consumer study
Passive 3D is found in most cinemas and uses circular polarization to separate the left and right eye images on screen. Active 3D needs a power source for the specs and each lens shuts to show each eye a different image.
Active 3D specs cost between $50-$100 per pair and require batteries. Passive glasses cost around $2 or just “borrow” a pair from your local theater.
There is much arguing over the systems, with proponents of active 3D claiming less flicker and a brighter image. Of course, passive users would argue with those points, and also mention the massive savings when needing additional glasses (some TV’s ship with one pair only!)
Active 3D vs. Passive 3D
Which 3D TV technology will come out on top? We put three 3D sets side by side to see which 3D tech is the right choice.
By Patrick Miller and Tim Moynihan, PCWorld Apr 14, 2011 6:00 pm
2010 was supposed to be the Year of the 3D TV. By now everyone was supposed to be watching everything from baseball to Grey’s Anatomy in three glorious dimensions. And it sounded great–until people discovered that the early active-shutter glasses were prohibitively expensive, and often hard to use for prolonged periods of time. The new wave of 3D TVs coming in from LG and Vizio, however, work with “passive” (polarized) 3D glasses, like the kind found in movie theaters, which are cheaper and easier to use–but sacrifice image quality. So we decided to set up three 3D sets–a Sharp LC-60LE835U active-shutter 3D set, an LG 47LW5600 passive 3D set, and a Vizio XVT3D650SV passive 3D set–side by side to see the differences for ourselves. (For more on 3D TVs and cameras, read our “Early Adopter’s Guide to 3D” and our “Early Adopter’s Guide to Editing and Sharing 3D Video.”)
Though they haven’t been released, there’s already a bit of negative buzz building regarding the influx of alien invasion movies, especially with Skyline and Battle: Los Angeles both bringing destruction to the City of Angels within the next few months. Well, Moviehole has word on yet another sci-fi invasion story on the horizon. Apparently Bob Hoskins (Hollywoodland), Jason Flemyng (Clash of the Titans) and Talulah Riley (Pirate Radio) are signed on to star in Transmission, a film being shot in 3D which focuses on an alien invasion taking place during a solar eclipse. Willem Dafoe is also in talks to join the project as well.