How to create 3D

This is a placeholder – I intend to create a tutorial to cover these topics here.

3D Still Photography

You can shoot 3D stills with one camera, two cameras or specialized 3D cameras. With one camera, shoot a left image, move a bit to the right, and shoot a 2nd image. Or, use two cameras mounted next to each other (preferably on a rail) and either press the shutters simultaneously or use a synchronization accessory.

Once you have taken your photos, they can be processed into different types of 3D images using StereoPhoto Maker, which you can download for free. Details on you SPM can be found online as well as in my inexpensive e-book Guide to 3D Photography (see upper right of this page).

3D Video

Simplest approach is to shoot regular 2D and then upload to Youtube and request that Youtube convert your video to 3D. The conversion process is good, but not flawless, and not as good as shooting a true stereoscopic video. But this method is simple.

Alternatively, most 3D TVs now have a built in 2D to 3D conversion feature that converts your video as you play it.

Shooting stereoscopic 3D video is a little more complicated. You need two cameras, and both need to be reasonably well aligned (will add how to do that later). Once you have shot your video you will have a left and a right video stream. Copy these files to your computer. I recommend using Sony Movie Studio or Sony Vegas for 3D video editing.

The general process is to import both the left and right clips, placing the left clip above the right clip in the time line. You’ll need to set the File | Properties option for the project to one of the 3D formats – perhaps red/cyan anaglyph works for you.

Synchronizing the clips

To synchronize the clips, look at the audio waveforms. You may need to zoom in so that you can adjust the clips left or right, so that they are within a frame of each other. Details on how to do this will be updated here later.

Pairing the clips

Once they clips are synchronized, select both clips and then right click and choose “Pair as 3D Stereoscopic”. (There are special issues here that will be explained later).

Stereoscopic Adjustment


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