3D Format Requirements
Aside from the primary considerations on the production workflow, choice of camera, and production budget, it is also important to confirm other key technical requirements for a 3D production. The 3D format to use is dependent on the available 3D glasses to use to see the 3D images. The 3D theater, TV, computer or any other playback or output requirement readily affects the workflow that would best fit the production.
For a home movie set-up, it is not practical to follow the workflow used for a movie meant for showing at the IMAX. Often times, the only feasible and practical option to use is the older 3D technology known as the anaglyph 3D format. This uses the anaglyph 3D glasses that are readily identifiable with their double-colored glasses. A pair of anaglyph 3D glasses usually showcases a red filter on one eye and a cyan filter on the other eye.
For an independent or commercial movie set-up meant for theatrical release, it is important to know what kind of theater will be used for the screening of the film. There are three different 3D theaters to choose from. These include the IMAX, RealD 3D and Dolby 3D. While it is possible to show the film in all of them, this would be very costly. The 3D glasses used for these theaters also vary. They have their own type of 3D glasses compatible with their movie screens.
When coming up with a 3D movie meant for the Blu-ray format, the process also differs from those used in theatrical screenings. Since there are different 3D TVs available in the market, the process of seeing footage in 3D format really varies from one 3D TV to another.