Basic Stereoscopic 3d After Effects Tutorials

Basic Stereoscopic 3d After Effects Tutorial Part 1 from Andrew Murchie on Vimeo.

At long last we’ve got round to creating our first basic tutorial on creating stereoscopic 3d animations or stills using Adobe After Effects. So if you’d like to learn the basics our two part tutorial is now live on both YouTube and Vimeo.

The associated source files can be downloaded from our “3D in a Nutshell” page.

5 Replies to “Basic Stereoscopic 3d After Effects Tutorials”

  1. I saw Avatar and notices that the glasses have changed to plain see-through instead of the usual red and blue.
    I am a video artist and I would love to convert my existing video’s to this new 3d vision format, or at least something similar. Is this possible an if so, is there any chance of you making a tutorial about this?

  2. The glasses in question are based on a spiral polarisation principle – this is still based on a left eye and right eye image being projected over each other. You can create the footage for this by simply rendering out the full left and full right images in a similar manner to the YouTube version shown in the tutorial and finding a suitable 3d playback system. In general if you have the the left and right images in good quality, playback software will convert to the required standard for the playback system.

    The problem you would have is in finding a suitable projector as certainly in cinema terms upgrading to 3d has a cost of around £70,000 (UK) per screen.

    If you simply want to convert these videos for your own viewing then I would suggest you take a look at the Nvidia GeForce 3D ( systems. I use this for final testing using the exact YouTube side by side format – the image quality is full colour and the 3d effect is stunning – just as good as the cinema (although obviously the big screen in a cinema makes this more effective). The downside of this is the cost of glasses as each pair costs over £100.

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  3. ok. First of all thanks. this is very interesting info. My videos are not shot with a camera though. I am making animations. Can I just copy the footage instead of using 2 cameras? This is an example of a video I would like to try re-rendering in 3d:
    Question: Is the effect:’3d glasses’ in After of any use during rendering, or is this only useful for the colored 3d glasses?
    And do I understand correctly that even if I render this footage out in After, this won’t be of any use without a 3d playback system?
    I’m sorry if some of my questions are silly, but I haven’t rendered anything using this 3d vision yet. Thank you

  4. Question 1: If you have a left view and a right view created in After Effects as shown in the tutorial you can use “3D Glasses” effect in After Effects to create a variety of 3d outputs. You cannot just use one flat comp to create the 3d effect by adding this effect though, if this is what you are asking.
    Question 2: You need some way of seeing the 3d effect – Red-Blue Anaglyph glasses are so common as they are cheap and easy to view on any basic monitor. As soon as you go to the more advanced formats such as those used for films such as Avatar in a good quality modern cinemas you need suitable playback systems.

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