Going steady with 3-D

Going steady with 3-D

The Global TV has already produced its first programme, a Tulu skit, using 3D technology, in co-ordination with AGE Mangalore, which is a popular forum of senior citizens.

In the late 1890s, the British film pioneer William Friese-Greene filed a patent for a 3-D movie process. When viewed stereoscopically, it showed that the two images are combined by the brain to produce 3-D depth perception.

Since then the 3-Dimension concept has come a long way and today, the technology has developed to such an extent that the action bursts out of the screen! While firms have succeeded in  bringing out ground-breaking documentaries and incredible entertainment, the latest Hollywood blockbusters provide ultimate sports viewing experience. In fact, viewers can enjoy edge-of-the-seat entertainment.

A 3D television (3DTV) is a television set that projects a television programme into a realistic three-dimensional field by employing techniques such as stereoscopic display, multi-view display, or 2D-plus-depth, and a 3D display.

The stereoscopy is the most widely accepted method for capturing and delivering 3D video. It involves capturing stereo pairs in a two-view setup, with cameras mounted side by side and separated by the same distance as is between a person’s pupils. With the advancement of technology, several countries including India offer 3-D channels. However, their reach is limited.

Global TV, arguably the first Internet Channel in India is all set to become the first 3DChannel too.

Speaking to City Herald, Global TV Director N V Paulose, explaining the concept says that the 3-D programmes can be produced at very low cost when compared with the high-tech 3D programmes.

In fact, the Global TV has already produced its first programme, a Tulu skit, using 3D technology, in co-ordination with AGE Mangalore, which is a popular forum of senior citizens. The skit was shot at Lobo’s River View, located on the banks of River Nethravathi at Jeppu.

The programme (technique) has been provided (developed) by Denny Thomas Mulavana (a relative of Paulose), who is working at Dubai as a designer in an interior design firm and Paulose says that people who wish to make 3D programmes, say a birthday party or a documentary or a special programme by school children, can avail the facility.

The unique aspect is that unlike other 3D TV programmes, these programmes can be viewed in ordinary TV screens by wearing 3D glasses. “These glasses can be prepared using Marker pen and transparent films,” he said and added that those who wish to buy 3D Paper Glasses can get it from Ahmedabad by post at about Rs 30 per glass.

Stating that there is a vast scope to start micro-channels at different places, Paulose is ready to extend support if anybody wishes to avail the facility. Citing an example on the impact of 3-D programmes, he narrates: “How would a child (or adults too) feel if Lord Krishna / Jesus / Prophet Mohammed or Swamy Vivekananda would touch him or her (a feeling which can be created using 3-D programmes)?

Global TV, which has many theme channels under its banner in association with various institutions and individuals like Gram Swaraj (.in) that promotes Gandhiji’s vision for self sufficient rural villages; and NRI Channel (.net), exclusively for NRIs, will now become 3D channels. And the unique aspect is that these programmes can be viewed again and again at your convenience, that’s the beauty of technology.

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