Kineme Anaglyph Render Plugin

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).


9 Responses to “Kineme Anaglyph Render Plugin”

  1. 1 mazn
    March 15, 2010 at 12:18 am

    any chance of a posting on this one? Would love to mess up it. THANKS keep up the awesome work.

  2. 2 alx
    March 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

    It’s OpenCL-based, so it’s pretty unstable, and will only run on newer machines. Don’t want to cause you lots of crashes…


  3. March 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Cool! Such timing too – I’ve been working on anaglyphic compositing for Anachrome, Trioscopic, and ColorCode glasses the past couple of weeks. Got it running quite nicely in QC (and AE, and PS); hope to post the results on my blog in another month or two (gotta wait for the project to finish before I can publish articles).

    Iaian7 / John Einselen

    • 4 toneburst
      March 25, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      Hi John.

      Sounds cool. Do you have a good source for different glasses, by any chance? I’m trying to get hold of a pair of the Red/Green ones, and all I can find are Red/Cyan.

      Looking forward to seeing your 3D stuff.


      • March 26, 2010 at 12:40 am

        I’ve just been ordering through Amazon… have tried a couple of the “nicer” shades, even highly rated ones, but the acrylic lenses deliver terrible anaglyph separation. They’re more comfortable, but let through all sorts of unhelpful wavelengths. The cyan and green acrylic lenses are the worst, clearly letting through 15% or more of the red or blue wavelengths they’re supposed to block.

        If you can, I’d recommend finding paper frames with the gel lenses. Ugly as heck, but typically more reliable wavelength transmission/blocking. When you say red/green, do you mean the magenta/green Trioscopic glasses (popularised by Coraline and Monsters vs. Aliens), or the classic red/green from years ago? I think there are a couple sources online for the older ones, but none that I’ve ordered from; Swell3d.com or 3dmanifesto.com may be good starting points.

  4. 6 toneburst
    March 26, 2010 at 11:11 am

    That sounds like good advice. I have quite a few of the cardboard ones. The only problem with those is that they get really greasy from skin-contact, which looks a bit grim 😉

    Or maybe I just have particularly greasy skin….

    Re. the Red/Green glasses; I’m talking about the old-style ones, yes. This page on Paul Bourke’s site
    seems to suggest colour-reproduction is better with this method, though it seems to have gone out of fashion lately, in favour of the Red/Cyan method.

    Oddly enough, Channel 4 here in the UK had a season of 3D films, and they used another anaglyph system. One filter was yellow, can’t remember what the other side was….


  5. April 16, 2010 at 1:29 am

    It’s not exactly accurate to call it an anaglyph render plugin. It was actually originally tested with passive 3D polarized systems. Best regards, as always!

  6. September 17, 2010 at 1:44 am

    It’s been awhile, but I finally got permission to post the stuff I was working on at Vectorform earlier this year!

    Tutorial – http://iaian7.com/quartz/AnaglyphCompositing
    Download – http://www.vectorform.com/blog/1153/anaglyph-compositing/

    Includes examples for Anachrome, Triochrome, and ColorCode glasses, all in CIfilter code.

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