3D television and 3D movies are quickly moving from novelty status to mainstream status. Many people are going to 3D films in earnest and experiencing all the amazing benefits of a multidimensional 3D movie watching experience. One of the biggest drives for this trend is technology. Not only are films being shot with higher definition cameras that allow for a more enriching 3D experience, but you can also employ different formats of 3D that give more depth to the experience. Before you watch a movie in 3D, you need to make sure that you consider a number of factors. Here are four factors to consider when watching movies in 3D.
- The distance from the screen. When it comes down to it, you don’t want to be too far away from the screen, but you also don’t want to be too close. Ideally, you want to be towards the middle of the theater. This is the best place to take advantage of an immersive 3D movie watching experience. If you are watching at home, or trying to find a place to install your 3D TV, you want to keep this same consideration in mind. The last thing you want is to watch a 3D movie with your face pushed against the screen – you just won’t get the same experience.
- The size of the screen. The size of the screen is also an incredibly important factor. Ideally, the screen should be large and wide format if you are in a theater. If you are at home, it all depends on the size of the TV you have. Generally, bigger 3D TVs are better than small ones, because you can experience more of the action. In the theater, you can watch 3D films on a screen the size of an IMAX theater screen, which offers a truly amazing moving watching experience – you may even feel like you are part of the action.
- The type of 3D glasses you are using. When you watch a 3D film, you are often given 3D glasses to wear. However, there are only some companies, like American Paper Optics, that know how to make 3D glasses. Less expensive, non-name brand 3D glasses can be hurtful to your eyes and they can diminish the 3D experience. Plus, some glasses may not use the same optical technology and you may miss some incredibly important details. Generally, it doesn’t matter if the glasses are made of paper or plastic – it is all about the quality of the lenses.
- The technology used to make the film. If you are about to watch a 3D movie, you may want to find out what technology the filmmakers used to create the effects. If they used old-fashioned methods, you may not be seeing anything interesting. If the filmmakers used new methods – with new cameras – you’re in for a real treat. In the end, you may just be better off watching the film in 2D if it doesn’t have anything new to offer in 3D.