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Digital Video and HD, 2nd Edition by Charles Poynton

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Stereoscopic (“3-D”) video

Stereoscopic 3-D (S3D) refers to acquisition, processing, storage, distribution, and display of imagery in two views, one intended for the left eye and one for the right. The views are typically acquired from cameras acquiring the same scene from positions a short lateral distance apart. Stereo viewing presents an illusion. Unlike viewing the real world, the views do not change when the viewer moves his or her head. Nonetheless, for very carefully crafted material, the effect can be convincing, and in some cases, can add to storytelling.

The term S3D (“ess-three-dee”) distinguishes stereoscopic 3-D from imagery having depth cues (particu- larly, perspective) but only one view. Computer-generated imagery (CGI) produces ...

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