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Wiggle 3D introduction

The simplest way of displaying 3D without using 3D glasses

– by Lars Brandt Stisen, MADDOCMAN Berlin

Example 1 - Wiggle 3D animated GIF

Example 1

Type: Simple Wiggle 3D
Source: 35mm digital stereo rig
Channels: 2
Alignment: Center
Media: 256 grayscale animated GIF
Frames: 2
Interval: 2x0.2sec
Pixel dimensions: 400x400
Size: 137KB

Example 2 - Wiggle 3D animated GIF

Example 2

Type: Soft Wiggle 3D
Source: 35mm digital stereo rig
Channels: 2
Alignment: Center
Media: 256 grayscale animated GIF
Frames: 4
Interval: 4x0.1sec
Pixel dimensions: 400x400
Size: 258KB

Example 3 - Wiggle 3D animated GIF

Example 3

Type: Simple Wiggle 3D
Source: 35mm analog stereo rig
Channels: 2
Alignment: Center
Media: 64 grayscale animated GIF
Frames: 2
Interval: 2x0.2sec
Pixel dimensions: 400x400
Size: 239KB

Example 4 - Wiggle 3D animated GIF

Example 4

Type: Soft Wiggle 3D
Source: 35mm analog stereo rig
Channels: 2
Alignment: Rear
Media: 128 grayscale animated GIF
Frames: 4
Interval: 4x0.1sec
Pixel dimensions: 400x400
Size: 460KB

Example 5 - Wiggle 3D animated GIF

Example 5

Type: Soft Wiggle 3D with alternating intervals
Source: 35mm analog stereo rig
Channels: 2
Alignment: Rear
Media: 64 grayscale animated GIF
Frames: 4
Interval: 2x0.1sec (1st & 3rd), 2x0.05sec (2nd & 4th tween)
Pixel dimensions: 400x400
Size: 320KB

Example 6 - Wiggle 3D animated GIF

Example 6

When using wiggle 3D for film or stopmotion every frame has to be wiggled...

Type: Simple Wiggle 3D stopmotion sequence
Source: 35mm digital stereo rig
Channels: 2
Alignment: Center
Media: 128 grayscale animated GIF
Frames: 24
Interval: 24x0.1sec
Pixel dimensions: 400x400
Size: 683KB

Method overview
Comparing wiggle 3D to the most common 3D methods like "Real D" (used in films like Avatar) and Stereoscopic 3D anaglyph's which is the classic technique for film and stills:

How to - Comparing Wiggle 3D to Avatar Movie 3D or Real D and Stereoscopic 3D

Alignment examples
Same image but different stereo alignment

Front align - Wiggle 3D animated GIF

Front alignment

Center align - Wiggle 3D animated GIF

Center alignment

Rear align - Wiggle 3D animated GIF

Rear alignment

Principle
Often cats wiggle their heads before jumping a large distance. They are doing this to determine the chances for a successful jump. By using different angles they calculate the distance to their target, just like a GPS in a car uses the satellite signals to determine it's position on earth. It is called Triangulation and it is the basic principle in this type of 3D interpretation. This is also the only way a one-eyed person is able to visually experience 3D.

Photography
I did example 1, 2 and 6 plus the alignment examples using a custom digital rig. I shot example 3, 4 and 5 using my homemade 35mm 3D analog still camera: Show me the camera

Viewing
Most viewers will notice the 3D effect right away. The effect will often be enhanced by putting a slight distance to the monitor, stepping back or viewing the image from different angles as if it where a painting and thereby distracting the mind enough to perceive the 3D effect.

Thank you for watching :)
– Lars

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