What is Final Cut Pro XML (Part Two): Compatibility

The simplest explanation of what XML is, and how it is used in modern-day video software. Part Two deals with the different types of XML.

Special Effects Software Guide (Part Three): Bread and Butter Stuff

If you’re a newcomer to special effects this comprehensive guide will tell you what each VFX discipline means, and which software to use for it. Part Three covers the ‘bread and butter’ tools.

Notes by Dr. Optoglass: Stereoscopy – Challenges in Reproducing Stereopsis in Cameras and Displays

Topics Covered: Interaxial Distance Hyper Stereo vs Macro Stereo Keystone Effect and Keystoning Stereoscopic Window In order for stereoscopic cinematography to be a creative medium it’s got to be intuitive. If it’s not in the gut, it’s not going to succeed as an art form. If you have to rely solely on tables and calculations, […]

Notes by Dr. Optoglass: Stereoscopy – Convergence and Fusion

Topics Covered: Convergence and Fusion The Singleness of Vision Taking aim for too long can ruin your eyes – Ivorian Proverb When we focus on infinity our eyes look straight on in a parallel fashion, as indicated by the red arrows. As we have already seen, optical tests on the Snellen chart are positioned at […]

Notes by Dr. Optoglass: Stereoscopy – Stereopsis, Parallax and the Inter-ocular Distance

Topics Covered: Stereopsis Parallax Inter-ocular Distance You can’t look into a bottle with both eyes at the same time – Togolese Proverb Stereopsis is the impression of depth we get when we use both eyes, assuming they have normal binocular vision. More than any other depth cue, this gives the greatest impression of space. Why? […]

Notes by Dr. Optoglass: Stereoscopy – Understanding Depth

Topics Covered: Depth and Depth Cues Monocular and Binocular Vision And so if your inclination is to champion lost causes, the case of stereo photography is readymade for you – Paul Farber So far we have treated the eye as if It were an organ capable of only two-dimensional (flat surface) vision We had only […]

Notes by Dr. Optoglass: Motion and the Frame Rate of the Human Eye

Topics Covered: Electroencephalography (EEG) and Beta waves Phi and Beta phenomenon The Frame Rate of the Human Eye Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second – Jean-Luc Godard Warning: Don’t look if you are prone to seizers! 4fps12fps24fps48fps Imagine standing in the middle of a raging river, with water flowing towards […]