BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans
TheRegister.co.uk asks: Does the BBC still dislike Doctor Who the way it did back in the 1980s? Its presentation on iPlayer of this past Saturday’s 50th anniversary special, Day of the Doctor, suggests it might do. The 3D version is giving us headaches and eye-strain, allege eager Whovians.
The format chosen for streaming the show in a form suitable for 3D TVs, computers and tablets is “side by side”: each transmitted frame contains left- and right-eye images alongside each other. The receiver splits the frame into two down the picture’s vertical centre and presents one and then the other. Stereoscopic glasses make sure the correct eye sees the correct image.
You’ll also notice that the BBC’s station identity logo – aka the Digital On-screen Graphics, or DOG [bug in the US] – only appears on the left-eye image. It never appears in the right eye.
This oversight “is not only mangling the 3D stereoscopic effect”, as one annoyed Who fan puts it, “it also causes some nasty eye strain as your brain tries unsuccessfully to make sense of the half there, half missing, image being presented to alternate eyes”.
The upshot: headaches all round, say 3D buffs.