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he other day I was playing around in the theater in Halo 3 when brilliance struck me, like a plasma grenade to the helmet. I was panning the camera back and forth looking for a good angle on my subject when it occurred to me: with full control over the camera, I can take multiple pictures from slightly different angles. This is the foundation of stereo photography. Since the screenshots aren't locked to the Xbox (I can download them to my PC via the Bungie website), I can process them into 3D screenshots!

The awesomeness of that idea almost overwhelmed me.

Fortunately for me, I've done some work in stereoscopic 3D rendering, so I'm familiar with the concepts and what's involved. It took some trial and error and some number crunching to work out some of the kinks, but I think I've got a pretty good feel for it now. So, without further ado, I present to you: Halo 3(d)!

Red/Cyan Stereo
[click on image for link to larger views]

You'll,of course, need a pair of 3D glasses to see this, particularly red/cyan(red/blue will work, but not quite as well). It also helps to view itas big as possible. I've taken a dozen or so other shots in 3D whichyou can check out in my Halo 3 Stereo 3D Screenshots (Red/Cyan) set on flickr.

But maybe you don't have a pair of 3D glasses handy (misplaced your Spy Kids 3-D DVD, did you?) In that case, try one of the two methods below, either parallel-view or cross-eyed view. Mileage may vary.
Cross-Eyed Viewing

Crossyour eyes so that the two images become four, then vary yourcross-eyedness until the middle two images overlap to form a single(3D) picture. Now try to focus without uncrossing your eyes. Some findit helps to hold a finger between your eyes and the picture, focusingon that (to cross your eyes) until the image in the background seems toconverge and be in 3D.

You can view more of these in my Halo 3 Stereo 3D Screenshots (Crosseye) set.

Parallel Viewing

Lookstraight ahead, lining your nose up with the line between the twoimages. Let your eyes relax and look "through" the image, as if lookingat some distant point beyond the monitor.

Finally, for the trulylazy among us, here's an animation showing of wiggle-stereo, whichbasically flips back and forth between the left and right eye images.Not the greatest stereo effect, but it gives you a basic idea:

"Wiggle" Stereo

Wanna know how to do it? I've posted a tutorial... How To: Make Stereo 3D Halo 3 Screenshots.

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