With 3D technology entering the market almost on a daily basis, here’s a few more gadgets offering the consumer 3D functionality at affordable prices. Roxio has proved itself a pioneer with Roxio Creator 2011, the first digital media suit that lets you convert 2D photos and videos into 3D, in your own home.
Your existing photos and videos can be burned to disc or even uploaded to YouTube and Facebook (the software automatically adds the correct 3D tags for YouTube). You don’t need any special hardware and Roxio has kindly included a pair of anaglyph glasses (the cardboard kind that you used to get back in the day) so 3D can be enjoyed ‘straight out of the box’.
It also allows the user to: Edit and share photo, video and audio projects; burn, copy and backup to CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs; convert video content from your PC to your handheld device for mobile viewing; digitise VHS tapes, cassettes and LPs, and capture audio from the web and record video from YouTube. It also offers video tutorials.
While Creator can convert 2D movies to 3D, it won’t work for HD videos, which is a shame. As well as being able to add 3D to your photos, it’s also possible to create true 3D images by combining two photos taken from a few inches apart. Reports indicate that the 3D images do lack somewhat in vibrancy, but if you want to make a first foray into the 3D experiment, it might be worth a punt. Not bad for a price tag of £49.99
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For a rather more substantial investment of £199.99, the Buffalo Technology Blu-ray USB 3.0 drive allows users to convert regular movies to 3D and upscale DVDs and video files to HD quality.
It also offers fast back up to Blu-ray technology and improved playback and burning performance of Blu-ray discs, DVDs, or CDs. The 12-speed drive can be used to back-up videos, photos and music and to standard DVD and CD. The Blu-ray writer can write up to 50GB, on a double layer disc.
Users can start burning and playing Blu-ray discs quickly using the high speed USB 3.0 connection by simply plugging the device into a computer and installing CyberLink Media Suite Software. Only one device will be needed for all optical media as the Blu-ray USB 3.0 drive is compatible with all DVD & CS formats. Find out more at here.
Panasonic Lumix GH2
Keen photographers who want to start taking their own 3D images will be excited by the Photokina launch of Panasonic’s Lumix GH2 (well, I was, anyway!).
The new lens is a world first – the first interchangeable lens that allows the photographer to shoot in 3D; the optional 12.5mm f12 has two optical elements and creates stereoscopic photos that can be used with most 3D displays. A firmware update will also allow you to use the lens if you have the Lumix G2. Prices for the Lumix GH2 will start at £900 when it’s available in November and that 3D lens will set you back another £249.
More details on the camera here.
Video fans will be glad to know that they don’t need to spend anything like that to get 3D – it’s available in the shape of the pocket-sized Aiptek I2 priced at around £130.
This compact, twin-lensed camcorder shoots 2D video in 720p and 3D video at half that resolution. It can also take 3D photographs. Once you’ve shot your video, you can watch it on a 3D-enabled television or use the included software to convert the video and watch it on any television along with red and blue 3D glasses. There is also a small 3D display on the back of the device, which will give you an idea of how the finished film will look. At this price, don’t expect to be creating the next version of Avatar, but nevertheless it looks like it could be a lot of fun.
Finally, something we never suspected would incorporate 3D technology is the HoMedics MiBody 360 Pedometer (£49.99). Now this might sound a bit Big Brother-ish, but it can track your movements, keeping count of steps, distance and calories burnt, thanks to the 3D accelerometer technology, which ensures the pedometer works in your pocket, in a bag or round your neck. It has a 15-day memory and the results can be uploaded to your PC for further analysis.