View Full Version : 2D to 3D conversion

06-09-2010, 07:33 PM
I am new to composting applications and was doing some research into taking existing 2D images with no depth information and converting them properly into 3D images for a variety of systems (forward/rear anaglyph/stereo). I was told Nuke and a few other composting apps can do this, is this accurate? I've used After Effects and didn't see anything like this. Every system I have looked at just runs a Photoshop-like filter, detects edges, and makes some sort of attempt at real 3D, which doesn't do anything for real depth. Or the make red and blue and shift the whole thing over a few pixels. That's not what I am looking for.

Thanks in advance for any information about this.

The images I created below are examples of what I am looking for (anaglyph for more availability, I will post stereo later):



The Simpson's Copyright 2010 Twentieth Century Fox

Season of the Witch Copyright 2010 Lions Gate Films
Director: Dominic Sena
Official Site: http://www.seasonofthewitchfilm.com/

Also, please no thread-crapping with personal opinions on 3D for TV/Film.

06-09-2010, 08:06 PM
Quick google search turned this up:

Your post has me a little confused though. You are or aren't looking to do the cyan/red shift technique?

06-09-2010, 08:28 PM
Your post has me a little confused though. You are or aren't looking to do the cyan/red shift technique?I am open to any technique to how someone got to a final result. Then compare it to how my images were made.

Also, I did find that blog, but not that PDF. Thanks.

06-09-2010, 09:19 PM
Well, probably not what you're looking for, but here's a video about creating 3D Harry Potter from 2D film. It involves a lot of basic 3D models and camera projection (I think), then I assume you can render in any 3D format. Definitely not a one-click filter process.


06-09-2010, 09:36 PM
Yeah, I've seen that one too. And I think Disney did something like that for one of their films/rides way back when. IMAX(not ILM) is correct that going 3D properly isn't a 1 click process. Although I have not seen Harry Potter since the 1st one, I am sure it looks good. Getting a screen or a processed image would be fantastic though.

So after reading that PDF (Thanks NickDigital), is this how you'd achieve the same effect in Nuke? (any Nuke users out there? ;) ).

06-09-2010, 10:35 PM

06-09-2010, 10:58 PM
Thanks Nick, it got me on the right track as to find out the extent of Nuke's 3D abilities. Going to DL the trial and see what I can do. Now to see how quick I get an activation :P.

06-09-2010, 11:09 PM
Found it. Thanks again Nick.



06-11-2010, 10:50 AM
May not be what you're looking for Lamont but the realtime Tridef video and image converter is really quite good.
Been staggered by the depth it manages to bring out of images.

There's also other things out there (one of them free for ten minute shorts) but they're mainly concerned with playing back video.

06-11-2010, 02:36 PM
Have a look ! http://www.youtube.com/user/hipe0

06-11-2010, 02:42 PM
All 2D to 3D material I've seen can not even touch the possible quality of true 3D. I rather not use it at all, then to go that way. It's just... bleh.