TDVision Systems will present a new 3D system at SID 2008 that not only makes use of a standard Blu-ray disc, but is also compatible with existing, non-3D Blu-ray players. Unlike other high definition 3D options, when the 3D film is played in a non-3D Blu-ray player, it will play without any loss of quality, color, frame rate, or resolution.
The 3D system is compatible with current 3D televisions from Samsung and Mitsubishi which make use of the Texas Instruments 3D DLP chips.
Ethan Schur, Director of Product Marketing for TDVision Systems commented, "TDVision has enabled a media breakthrough with our AlterSpace product by enabling the world's first and only stereoscopic virtual world featuring media sharing and viewing. Compatible with multiple 3D display devices, this will be the industry standard that others go by."
I don't see how there can be no loss of quality? Surely it needs to store an extra video stream that will use up some disc space that could otherwise be used to improve the quality of the non-3D image. So if you don't have 3D equipment, you should get better picture quality from a non-3D disc with a higher bitrate.
The big problem will continue to be content, though. That's the big problem that we've had with 3D DVDs for years: Outside of some of the lesser IMAX films, there's not much to see in 3D on DVD. They did release P&S versions of Spy Kids 3-D and Shark Boy and Lava Girl in shutter formats (which would only make those films only slightly more watchable), but that's mostly the best we have to go by for 3D DVD.
Universal had announced that they were releasing some of their classics on DVD in shutter formats (Creature from the Black Lagoon, et al), but haven't actually heard of them actually being released.
As a 3D enthusiast and photographer, I'd love for this to succeed. But, we'll need a lot of content before this can ever be worth it. Disney, Universal, and Warner combined could provide enough content for this to actually be worth it if they'd just put the effort. (I'd LOVE to have a disc of the classic Disney park films! A disc with the Mickey Mouse Club 3-D Jamboree and Captain EO would be a must-buy!)
Hey, if they're going to put in the extra programming to make a couple of people's seats move, then why not just add the extra effort to give us the 3-D versions of these films?
Perhaps my next TV purchase (several years from now) will be for a 3D HDTV.
I still wonder if they will ever be able to utilize the 120fps 3D effect... (the one where they make a 3D
image on a 120fps capable TV by switching between frames and using carefully timed shutter
glasses.) Prolly not.
For some titles this option may be cool but I see this getting old quickly. It would be something to see once or twice, but I cant see sitting down after dinner to put on a pair of 3D glasses with a few people and watching a 3D movie. Again something to intrest new buyers but my next TV wont be either of those brands.
i'll pass. think ill wait for the other breakthrough that lets u watch movies in full hd with 7.1 dtshd audio inside your own head. untill then ill stick with the pretty much perfect visuals of blu rays as they exist now.