The good people at Kineme released the latest version of their excellent GL Tools plugin set yesterday.
One of the most exciting additions for me was the new Stereo Environment patch, that acts a bit like a Render In Image patch, but outputs two images instead of one. Any geometry placed inside is rendered twice from slightly different point-of-view, and Left and Right images are produced. These two images can then be composited together to create 3D Anaglyphs that jump out of the screen when viewed with coloured glasses.
Anaglyphs have always fascinated me, so I was excited about giving it a go. After some initial disappointment, a very quick update to the plugin (thanks again smokris), and some head-scratching, I managed to get it to work. The effect isn’t perfect, but it definitely gives a sense of depth to the images with the glasses on. This version needs the Red/Cyan style 3D specs (there’s another system that uses Red/Green).