AVS Club Gold
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Shooting in 3D is the best illusion of stereography. A conversion in the processor just uses an algorithm that hunts for large blocks of similar color and bumps them out of the surrounding textures of color. This is mostly inaccurate and produces confusing or annoying gimmick. In video editing we can manually manipulate parts of an image and pop them from the surroundings. This is labor intensive conversion.
Many TV's have a conversion 2D to 3D and some work better than others. My Sony 90 ES projector has it and it is annoying in most cases. A gimmick in the remaining cases. Using it to move the 2D movie screen behind the real screen a few inches and then having to wear the glasses is annoying with little value (IMO). The gimmick is when watching a news channel and the surrounding graphics is pulled out above the interviews or news anchors camera view which remains flat, adds nothing to the program, it is just a gimmick.
Real 3D made with good 3D cameras and graphics is fun and entertaining to watch and often adds a new dimension to the story.