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Having lived with the Teranex for some time now here are my thoughts.
If you want extreme studio-like 3D the Teranex is not for you. In my opinion studio 3D is very exaggerated -- the distances between objects and other objects and people seem increased to me (more separation than I see in the real world). Negative parallax again is not what I experience in my real life 3D visual world; however, I do like the effect. For 2D directors often use techniques and strategies to convey the "feel" they want for a particular movie -- i.e. filters, grain, fades, etc. I believe directors do the same when using 3D -- certain angles to covey more depth, negative parallax to shock or surprise, things floating in the air (dust, flower pedals, etc.) and so on to enhance the sense of depth. What the Teranex does is provide very real looking 3D -- behind the screen, which gives the impression that you are literally looking through a window into the world created by the director -- objects are all correctly placed with a very natural sense of depth, which draws you into the story. I have compared studio 3D with the 2D version of the same movie converted to 3D in real time by the Teranex. All the positive parallax scenes are very close; however, you can quickly discern the differences due to scenes with negative parallax. With the Teranex if a character points a sword towards you what you see is what you would expect to see in the real 3D world. With the studio 3D what you often get is the end of the sword protruding out of the screen and towards your face -- nice effect but not very realistic. What the Teranex does is give you 3D without the "art or enhancements" added by the director or those responsible for the final "look". I prefer the "art"; however, what the Teranex does is shockingly effective -- to do what it does in real time is jaw dropping. I certainly prefer the 3D produced by the Teranex to 2D -- after you watch 3D from the Teranex 2D looks, well, flat. The down side is the loss of brightness compared to 2D but once again I've minimized that by using a 2.8 gain HP screen and positioning all my projectors to take full advantage of that gain.
What I find interesting is that regular guests along with my wife prefer the Teranex 3D to 2D, which surprised me some since everyone has to wear glasses. I was expecting some resistance but instead if I started a movie in 2D I was asked why we weren't watching it in 3D because that's what everyone wanted. Quite an endorsement for the Teranex. (In the past if I used software or a hardware 3D conversion solution my wife would often object -- since I've been using the Teranex the only comments I get from her is how impressed she is with the 3D!)
Last edited by Deja Vu; 03-08-2015 at 08:08 AM.