Tag: 3dtv

February 19, 2013
I know I shouldn’t have, but I could not resist.

Top Gun has been converted to 3D, and is currently showing in IMAX cinemas across the country. But when I saw it was also out on limited edition Blu-Ray, I knew I had to have it.

February 16, 2013
A couple of weeks back, I posted about ordering some prescription RealD compatible glasses from Optics3D. RealD is the format used by many cinemas and most, if not all, makes of passive 3D TV.

They arrived today, and I am impressed. First of all, the obvious – they fit me, and they have got my prescription right. I wasn’t too worried about the prescription, to be honest; but unlike “normal” specs, these frames are one size fit all. But they are just fine.

January 30, 2013
Once expensive, prescription lens 3D Glasses are now fairly reasonable – I have just purchased a basic pair (RealD 3D only), for 50 quid, from Optics3D. RealD is what my local cinema uses, and is also compatible with my passive screen 3D TV.

This probably seems a lot of cash to those on a budget, but not compared to my spend on 3D so far. I am now fairly committed to the format, so I thought I may as well be comfortable. While my cheap RealD 3D clipons are more convenient than glasses worn over my specs, they are still slightly over-balanced.

July 10, 2012
I wrote about this on the filk_uk mail-list, but it amused me sufficiently to write about it here, too, as not everybody here is there, and vice versa.

On Sunday, I went to a house filk hosted by and . While there I shot some video, to get some practice with my Bloggie 3D.

On getting home, I had something to eat, and decided to quickly check out the footage, by plugging the camera into the back of my TV.

After switching the TV to 3D mode, I was most disappointed, as skipping through the footage it looked like everything I shot was badly blurred. This was not the case with stuff I had filmed at other times, where the picture had appeared quite sharp. I wondered if perhaps I had smeared a lens, or whether I had over-estimated the light levels in the room, although I couldn’t see why that should affect the focus (as I believe this camera is fixed focus)

July 9, 2012
People reading this blog will think I have two obsessions – BBQ and 3D. Believe me, I have a lot more than that!

One of them, of course, is music; and I’ve been fond of Peter Gabriel for quite some time. So I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get hold of this Blu-Ray disc of his 2011 Hammersmith Odean concerts, shot over two night in 3D HD.

July 7, 2012
I find that spending money tends to make me spend even more money, and this story is no exception.

I have been having fun with my Bloggie 3D camera, but it highlighted something – that I lack a computer capable of doing any kind of useful video editing.

In the (distant) past, I used a desktop I had built for gaming and music, but that has long been superceded by modern requirements. It has actually been sitting under a variety of desks and shelf units for the last 3 years, and I know that it isn’t capable of anything by today’s standards.

Because I work from home, I now tend to use my work computer for most day-to-day stuff. This isn’t as naughty as it sounds, as for some years, my personal requirements have been mostly just for a browser and email (both of which I need for work, anyway). Any gaming I did was now on the Wii, and my Pokerstars account runs from either my smart phone or my Asus Eee.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I thought I would look for a high-end laptop, with a decent built in video card. That way, I could use it downstairs, in front of the TV, as well as in my office. I was looking at a mixture of AV-spec machines, and gaming machines, both of which would do what I wanted.

Then I saw the Toshiba Qosmio F750-12P.

July 7, 2012
I’ve never been interested in Tennis, but the Ladies and Men’s Wimbledon finals are being broadcast in 3D on BBC HD this weekend. I had set up my box to record them, as I was going to show it off to my brother when he visits in a couple of weekends. As it happens, our plans have changed, and I am visiting him instead. But I’d forgotten about Wimbledon, until I noticed the box was recording.

I have to say, it does look pretty good. The 3D effect is very natural, and conducive to watching. My only criticism is the score at the top, which is “popped” out of the screen. If this was only up there in between games, it would be ok, but having it there all the time is totally distracting and unnecessary.

May 19, 2012
December 17, 2011
I don’t follow Strictly Come Dancing, so although I knew it was the final tonight, it had no interest for me.

However, tuning on my TV just before 7, and flicking through the channel guide, I saw that as well as broadcasting on Freeview on BBC1 and BBC1HD, they were also showing it on the generic BBCHD channel in 3D.

November 8, 2011
October 1, 2011
A couple of days ago, I mentioned that the shelving unit I had prevously bought to stand my (original 2D) TV on turned out to be too high for my new 3D TV. This is because the tv stand provided with it pivots from side to side, but has no tilt; and viewing the TV from below spoils the 3D effect, with significant crosstalk. However, viewing it from the “sweet spot” gave a perfect picture – unfortunately, my sofa isn’t that high!

I was contemplating wall-mounting it with a tilt bracket, but today I decided to move some furniture about. This was not a decision lightly made, as I had only just got all my audio-visual separates set up.

September 29, 2011
Lots of stuff happening here, but I haven’t been finding the time to write about it.

I have a visitor staying with me – Sovay is a collie belonging to and , who are off for a few days. It has been pretty painless, apart from her thinking that my trying to get her to bed last night was actually a really fun run-around-the-room game. Am blatently using her as an excuse to get out more regularly for walks.