Wow, you’ve finally gone out and bought (or constructed) that new Stereo 3D Camera. Congratulations and welcome to the wonderful world of Stereo 3D (S3D) photos and videos! Now that you have been diligently taking tons of incredible S3D shots of your cats/kids/significant other (not necessarily in that order), you want to share them with the world. Where and how to do this? Fear not, you have come to the right place…
Depending on the type of camera and the software tools that came with it, you will have a number of options available for how your S3D pictures are displayed or exported. View a list of common formats here. You can also use stereo image editing software to export your images in the format of your choosing.
These formats have one thing in common. They provide a means for your left and right eyes to see slightly different versions of the images, which causes our brains to perceive the illusion of depth. Some of these formats might require the person viewing the photos to have certain kinds of glasses, or monitors, or equipment. For instance, the common anaglyph red/cyan format require that the user wear those funky retro 3D glasses. Other formats assume that the user is viewing on some kind of autostereoscopic device (glasses-free display). Your photo sharing service will ideally allow the viewer to choose among a variety of 3D formats, depending on what your viewers might have available.
In comparing the various options we looked at a number of factors. These included:
We did not evaluate the quality of the 3D image display once the photos were uploaded. We will save that for a future article.
Without further delay, on to the list!