Ultimately, it's a slightly new take on old technology which was
also once hailed as a revolution and then quickly dismissed as a
gimmick, although since this is bringing in a lot of extra money
to the cinemas and that the effect can now more easily be
controlled (via computers), I unfortunately suspect that it'll
stick around this time...but personally, I would prefer to watch
things in '2D'.
Yes, 3D is in it’s infancy, but the question was about future of it’s
application, and I happen to be very enthusiastic about it.
I am going to speak to the issues pertaining education in
goldsmithing only, but I am sure that other disciplines have similar
problems. There have always been parts of techniques, which were kind
of left for students, to figure it out on their own, because it was
simply impossible to show, and long winded explanations did not help
much. 3D will change that.
I am working now on another DVD demonstrating technique of Coronet
Cluster. There are areas which even close up, remains unclear, but
absolutely critical to the success of a project. And when digital
zooming is used, the graininess becomes distracting. I have been
playing with various filters, but so far with limited success. 3D
will be very helpful in situations like that.
I have been reading about TV sets containing many specialized
processors, which can take regular TV signal, extrapolated 3D
and display it as 3D. It may seem like a magic, but idea
is quite simple. We derive spatial by interpreting tonal
variations and chroma levels. I suspect that 3D technology does the
same thing. There is no reason why the same idea cannot be extended
to scaling parts of the image beyond it is original resolution,
without introducing digital artifacts like flickering and graininess.
In a very near future, a picture shall be truly worth many thousand