Can 3D movies be viewed with Real 3D glasses on a regular LCD monitor?

Anonymous July 8, 2013
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Why is there a general impression this is impossible? A MakeUseOf thread within the past 18 mos. or so flatly said it couldn’t be done. Here is absolute proof it can. This link is a Real-D polarized file which APPEARS IN 3D if you have a pair of Real-D glasses left over from the last 3d film you saw.

So maybe my question is– is this real? It sure seems to be. Next question: Why aren’t we getting real cheap 3d movies *right now* on CDs or in downloads if literally nothing is needed but an LCD monitor and a pair of real-3D glasses left over from the last 3D movie you saw?

The trailer is at

This should be an enormous story. Why isn’t it!! ?? !!

  1. Hovsep A
    July 9, 2013 at 8:17 am

    you can try to convert that portion from 2D to 3D and check the difference

  2. MakeUseOf TechGuy
    July 9, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Because science.

    Polarization of light is a physical process - not something you can "emulate" digitally or just put on youtube. Polarizing requires a filter - a sheet of plastic placed in the monitor somewhere - in addition to another filter on your eyes. The first polarizes the light, the second blocks it out so only the correct eye sees the relevant image. With just the glasses, you achieve nothing. 3D movies use a variety of encodings, but not one of them is able to display in 3D without the correct output method.

    I'm sorry, but whatever you think you're seeing is not actually 3D. That's why this isn't a big story, or a story at all. You're just watching a trailer for a 3D movie.