The Oxfordshire Museum - 3D video display
A project was conducted by Rob Munday of Holovista for The Oxfordshire Museum to produce a 3D video display. The 3D video, which depicts
a number of the museumís artefacts, will be shown within the museum using one of the very latest large format 3D stereoscopic television
The initial selection of artefacts comprised of:
Each artefact was shot against a 'green screen' so that a 3D background could be added
at a later stage. As all the artefacts had been found buried in various Oxfordshire fields and other sites it was decided that the
backgrounds would be 3D pictures of the areas where the artefacts had typically been discovered. The various sequences were then digitally
compiled into a single 3D movie complete with 3D captions and titles.
The 3D system chosen was a Hyundai 24 inch 3D TV. This 3D TV
utilises 'passive' circular polarising glasses of the type using in cinemas. These glasses are much cheaper and more robust than the
'active' electronic alternatives and are thus more suitable for use in museums and other visitor attractions.
It is believed that this
is the first time such display technology has been used in a museum. The enormous capabilities of this new technology to show artefacts
in their full 3D glory whilst at the same time providing an exciting and captivating display is second to none and it is envisaged
that many more museums will benefit from such displays in the future.
Shoe Buckle 1650 - 1750Finger ring 1560 - 1640Dress hook 1500 - 1600Silver brooch 1260 - 1340Snake ring AD 100 - 200Gold coin AD 10
Munday proposed an alternative solution, namely to utilise the very latest 3D TV technology and to shoot close up 3D sequences of
each artefact as they rotated through 120-360 degrees. In this way each artefact would be hugely enlarged and appear to float magically
in mid air whilst rotating slowly in front of the 3D display. The technology also enables The Oxfordshire Museum to add additional
artefacts to the display in the future, thus maximising its use.
Excited by the proposal the museum gave the go ahead and the artefacts
were duly shot at Holovision's Shepperton based studios using proprietary camera technology and custom software designed and written
Roman gold coin AD 10 - 40
Silver brooch 1260 -1340
Recording the artefacts at Munday's studio
A 3D anaglyph of the Shoe buckle (1650 - 1750).
Munday was approached by Museum Curator Cherry Gray and Conservation Officer Raymond Evans to produce a series of lenticular or holographic
images that visually conveyed the superb craftsmanship and enormous detail shown by a selection of the museum's artefacts. The small
size of the artefacts together with their often subdued colour makes their highly detailed features difficult to discern and appreciate
by eye. This in turn often leads to visitors passing by without giving the artefacts the attention that they deserve.
The brief therefore
was to produce an exciting and captivating display which held the visitors attention and enabled the wonderful craftsmanship and detail
of the objects to be fully appreciated.
Please note, until we all have 3D computer monitors the three-dimensionality of holograms and lenticulars is impossible to depict
using a 2D monitor. There are however accepted ways of conveying their dimensionality which include showing multiple views, 'ping-pong'
animations or anaglyphic images. To view the latter in stereoscopic 3D you will need a pair of the red-cyan glasses often given away
with magazines and 3D DVD's.
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