Eric Maslowski, Technical Creative Consultant

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Stereoscopic 3D Tutorials

Creating stereoscopic 3d images and movies isn't as hard as many people may think (at least on a simple level). I have created a series of tutorials to help those interested in Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) including a script to speed up the process.

Typically, many people think that Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) can only be created with two cameras, one for the left eye and one for the right eye. While this is often how S3D is done, and when done right can create some amazing 3D shots, it is not the only way to create S3D content. While future tutorials in the series will cover traditional two-camera S3D setups as well as the theory behind S3D, the current offering of tutorials walk the user through a technique that generates a left/right image from a single color image + an image representing the scene's depth. (left side - slide 1) The depth image is used to distort the color image's pixels.

Trust me, it sounds more complex than it is. The biggest challenges are creating the depth image which I present a few options for whether you have live footage, a still image, or computer graphics. The nice thing about this method is that it gives you plenty of control over the "3D" effect in real-time. In addition to creation stereo pairs there are a few tutorials on changing the aspect ratio of S3D content since it is something I have found myself doing frequently as well as a tutorial on how to tweak the stereo effect when using two cameras..

The tutorials currently make use of 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, Toxik/Composite, and After Effects but the techniques can be applied almost anywhere.

Complete Series - YouTube Playlist

Special thanks to Jacob Mendel and Sean Darby for letting me use some of their original work for messing with.