Sunday, May 1, 2011

Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3 - Viewing/Sharing Pictures

So, you have been taking pictures with your Fuji Finepix Real 3D W3 camera but you have this lingering question on your mind: how do I view them off camera and share them with the rest of the world? You're probably aware of the software that should have come with the camera called MyFinePix Studio. You can load the MPO pictures you have taken and view them as either anaglyphs or LineByLine (interlaced by row) but there's apparently no way to save the pictures (besides hitting PrtSc and pasting the screen dump into Gimp or Photoshop) and upload them on the web.

3D stereo anaglyph

Anaglyph obtained from MPO 3D file using MyFinePix Studio via PrtSc and Gimp.

Fortunately, there is downloads where you can find all kinds of useful 3D programs and utilities. Let's look into StereoPhoto Maker and see if it can do what we really want: view and save as anaglyph, side-by-side, and possibly wiggle animated gif. Well, it sure can do all that and much more so it's highly recommended in lieu of MyFinePix Studio (sorry Fuji).

3D stereo anaglyph

Anaglyph obtained from MPO 3D file using StereoPhoto Maker. Same result but much easier than MyFinePix Studio.

I personally don't like side-by-side stereo whether it's parallel or cross-eyed on a computer monitor. Can't say I am a big fan of the wiggle animation gif either because, in a lot of cases, it just does not work. My favorite method for displaying and sharing 3D images on a computer monitor remains the good old red-cyan anaglyph but it assumes the person viewing the anaglyph has a pair of glasses (they're easy enough to get though). Yeah, I wish there was a better way to view 3D on the usual computer screen but, unless autostereoscopic LCD displays become the norm, it's gonna be tough for quite some time to share 3D on the internet.

It's nice to display on a computer but sometimes you want something more tangible, something you can hold in your hands. Well, you can print an anaglyph but, in my opinion, it's better to print side-by-side stereo views which can then be viewed with a stereo slide card viewer (you know, the kind of stuff that was so popular in Victorian times). But, in my opinion, the best way to have "hardcopies" of your 3D pictures is with 3D lenticular imaging, mainly because you don't need any glasses or viewer to appreciate the 3D stereo effect, and that's a big plus.

Yeah, I don't have the FujiFilm FinePix REAL 3D V1 viewer (costs a real pretty penny) and I don't have a 3D TV either (might get one at some point with a Blu-ray 3D player), so those viewing options are not discussed here.


  1. I'm a yearbook teacher in Texas. We're thinking about making a 3D/2D hybrid book next year. To do this, we would need to print anaglyphs and hand out the "good ol" red-cyan glasses.

    Anyways, I think we'll order a Fuji 3D W3 this summer. But first, I need a good hi-res photo to send to the plant. They'll print it out on large-ish sized paper and we'll see how it works.

    If you could help us, we could send you the test print when we're done with it. What-do-ya-say?? :-)

  2. I noticed the first photo has some overlap on the edges. Does this affect the image as viewed with the R-C glasses??

  3. not sure why the red-cyan vertical border lines are there on the 1st pic. it doesn't affect anything but there's no reason for them to be there. thus another reason not to use the fuji software. best to use stereophotomaker. you should have no problem printing anaglyphs or sending the files to a printer using stereophoto maker. when you take a pic with the fuji, the parallax is computed automatically when you focus. when you view the pic in 3d on the camera lcd screen, you can adjust the parallax and save a copy of the picture with the new parallax. parallax basically brings things in or out the stereo window (the lcd screen). you can also adjust it later on in stereophoto maker. it should be no problem for you to get a good stereo effect. note that anaglyphs are often done in red-cyan black and white instead of red-cyan color for better effect. that can be controlled in stereophoto maker. i'm sure you'll do just fine on your own but if you need help, let me know.

  4. I started doing Video's for family and friends, so I invested in a case of Red/Cyan paper viewers I just include 2 pairs with the DVD and a little card where they can purchase more if wanted. For me I have a pair of plastic red/cyan glasses that I keep by my computer.