3D Visualization Apps are Coming – to the web and mobile worlds

I expect to see greater use of 3D in both online and offline apps, and in mobile apps too, for visualizing information that naturally fits within a 3D model:

CyberLightning Oulu, Finland and StockSmart will bring together the power of 3D visualization to investors using StockSmart Apps. Currently in Beta test, the new StockSmart Apps will be released in May 2013.

via 3D Internet Apps are Coming.

Indeed, this is a topic I am doing some serious thinking about ­čÖé

Flickr bug makes private photos public

And in an attempt to fix the problem, Flickr broke numerous links to photos hosted on Flickr:

Flickr set “any potentially impacted photos” to private, in an attempt to make things right. However, this has caused additional problems for affected users, who found that their intentionally public photos were now private. Some users reported that they now have to comb through hundreds of photos and manually set them back to public. Setting a photo to private also apparently wipes the description and breaks the code anywhere else the photo is embedded on the web.

via Flickr accidentally made some private photos public for 20 days update: Yahoo responds | The Verge.

Websites that hosted all of their photos on Flickr now find their photo links must all be manually re-done, which is considerable work for long time sites that have hundreds of linked photos.

IMAX 3D version of Top Gun

I watched the 2D to 3D conversion of Top Gun, presented in IMAX 3D.

Digital IMAX is not real IMAX for those of us who used to see the big screen IMAX. Digital IMAX 3D is a tiny screen with a really, really, really loud sound system. So loud that I wore ear plugs through the entire movie (I often carry earplugs with me to protect my hearing).

The only meaningful difference between IMAX 3D and Real 3D theaters is IMAX 3D is really, really, really loud. Yeah, the IMAX 3D sound system is “better” and goes to at least 11. Maybe 111.

The 2D to 3D conversion mostly works well.  Many of the original scenes used narrow depth of field to convey depth so that in this 3D conversion, those out of focus section are still out of focus. Not my preference for out of focus to convey depth in 3D when actual depth can convey the same idea.

There were several scenes that probably work better as 2D-to-3D conversion than if they had been shot in 3D. During the conversion process, depth maps are created and they can be used to position subjects where ever needed. The aerial combat scenes are an example where this works well – in real life, it would have been tough to capture the deep 3D effects due to the need for very wide lens spacing in a true 3D camera. Another example was a brief clip of an air terminal building, and one of planes on the flight lane, where a 3D camera probably would not have captured depth so well due to the placement of subjects from near to far.

This was the first full length 2D-to-3D conversion that I have watched and I thought the conversion was done well and worked out well and I will go see other converted movies in the future.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie more than I thought I would. My recollection was that I liked the movie when it first came out long ago due to the fact that I liked the flying scenes (even if somethings were a little goofy – I have a pilot’s license and I can be picky about such things), but had remembered not liking the cocky, arrogant attitude of the young pilots portrayed in the movie. (I’ve known a few military pilots and they were neither cocky nor arrogant but professionals.)

In the final assessment, I’ll pay a premium for 3D – but I would not pay a premium for digital IMAX. Today, the IMAX brand means its really loud and the screen size in digital IMAX is not the giant IMAX screens of the past. ┬áMay as well see the same movie, if available, on Sony 4K/RealD 3D instead for a bit less money.

That out of the way, the U.S. Navy rocks and anyone who watches the movie will want to enlist immediately afterwards ­čÖé

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