April 16, 2010
| by Tom LeBlanc
While 3D TVs and Blu-ray players are trickling onto the market, 3D content is lagging behind. This presents problems for consumers looking to test-drive 3D.
The only 3D Blu-ray title currently available is Dreamworks’ “Monsters vs. Aliens.”
As the 3D community waits for DirecTV and Verizon Fios to join Comcast in carrying 3D channels, there are some other 3D options, said Mark Spector, branch manager of the Woburn, Mass. branch of electronics distributor AVAD.
AVAD, which carries the Samsung 3D starter kit, recently hosted a nationwide event during which it showed attending dealers how to demonstrate 3D. “Monsters vs. Aliens” is part of the 3D starter kit along with two pairs of 3D shutter glasses.
Spector also showed dealers some 3D clips he downloaded from biohemmet.se, a Swedish site. The site notes that the video clips are optimized for viewing using Nvidia’s 3D vision technology.
“Most of the clips are pretty bad, but they’re worth knowing about,” Spector said, adding that the 3D effects are “nowhere near as dramatic” as the ones in “Monsters vs. Aliens.”
I can confirm. Spector showed me some “Monster vs. Aliens” clips in which the 3D elements were very powerful. Then he showed me a biohemmet.se clip — not so much.
Still, during this early 3D era, consumers need to know about every piece of content available.
Following are some stills of Swedish site biohemmet.se‘s downloadable 3D clips: