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3D started out in the world of movie and video production as something of a buzzword. Now 3D is well and truly here and TNP Broadcast is on hand to guide you through the technological world of 3D broadcast and television. Actually, 3D has been around for some considerable time. Remember Jaws 3D back in 1983? And that wasn’t the first 3D movie either. You might be surprised to know that the first 3D movie process happened back in the late 1890's when British film pioneer William Friese-Green filed a patent for his 3D movie process. The first stereo camera rig was patented in 1900 by Frederic Eugene Ives. The first 3D tests were screened in 1915 to an audience in New York City's Astor Theatre. By the 1950s 3D movies were becoming more commonplace with moviegoers wearing the old-fashioned style cardboard-framed glasses with red and green gelatin lenses. Essentially, 3D Blu-ray DVDs and cinema-projected movies add stereoscopic vision over the traditional 2D movies, which means that two separate images are shown simultaneously - one to each of our eyes. Since then 3D has evolved with a vengeance. In 2012 James Cameron wrote and directed the blockbuster 3D movie Avatar, which took the world by storm. Who hasn’t heard of this 3D movie? 

3D means three-dimensional i.e. something that has width, height and depth. The physical environment that we live in is 3D. We can perceive the spatial relationship between day-to-day objects simply by looking at them because, as humans, we have 3D perception. However, television screens are flat, and do not have 3D perception broadcast capabilities - until now. So, like humans, television sets also have 3D perception. So we can now watch 3D movies on our television screens and view them in the same 3D manner in which we view the world. 

With some of the very best 3D movies of recent years including: Avatar, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Beowulf, Toy Story 3, My Bloody Valentine, Friday The 13th Part 3, Alice in Wonderland, to name a few, 3D is more popular now than ever before. And, it is not just in the cinema that 3D is making serious inroads; home cinema enthusiasts are also enjoying 3D. During 2012/2013 we saw all the major manufacturers: Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Samsung etc. bring out 3D television sets and 3D Blu-ray players for people to enjoy in their own living room. More and more Blu-ray movies are coming out in 3D. Some Blu-ray 3D releases for 2012/2013 include: Avatar, Hugo, Drive Angry, Tangled, A Christmas Carol, Tron Legacy and Open Season. 

TNP Broadcast has kept a close eye on the world of 3D since the 1980s. We have tracked its journey and progress. It’s safe to say that here at TNP Broadcast we are right up-to-date with all things 3D. Our knowledgeable staff is abreast of not only what the major manufacturers currently have available in 3D technology, but also what is on the horizon. 


If you want to learn more about 3D camcorders, both prosumer and broadcast professional, and other 3D recording and editing equipment, you have come to the right place. TNP Broadcast has been specializing in 3D recording and playback equipment since the 1980s. Our knowledge on 3D is second to none. We will listen to your 3D requirements with fastidious ears to ensure that you end up with the right 3D equipment for your productions.