3D Formats Explained (kind of)

This is a great thing to research—there are four, count-em, four different 3D formats.  It boggles the mind to consider what this will mean when integrating and connecting sources.  It was also incredibly difficult to gather the information for this entry.  I’ve spent quite nearly two hours talking, searching, writing, editing, and I’m still without a cohesive, well-written article.  A cut-and-dried list will have to do for now, and I’ll offer some links that are great.

Side-by-Side Progressive 3D – this format is proving good for gaming applications.  Because of the 60p frame rate, it can handle the animation easily.  It is a 1080p HD format, with the right and left viewing angles included side by side in each 1920 x 1080 frame.

Side-by-Side Interlaced 3D – this is 1080i, where the signal is divided side-by-side into left- and right-eye segments.  The resulting resolution is 960 x 1080 pixels when the pairs of odd and even fields are viewed together.

Top/Bottom 3D – 720p, utilizing the top 360 for the right eye, and the bottom 360 for the left.  A 720p resolution results at 60 fps.

Frame-Packed 3D – the current standard for new Blu-ray players.  Of the four standards, this provides the highest source resolution at 1080p for each eye.  It keeps 1920 x 1080 pixels for both eyes, but adds two normal 1080 frames within the same time span.

Now, if you’d like to learn more, these are some helpful sites:
http://www.practical-home-theater-guide.com/3d-tv-formats.html
http://news.cnet.com/3d-tv-faq/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_television