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A 3D Proposal to Kate

Love it or hate it 3D seems to be everywhere 3D TVs, 3D video games and now 3D wedding proposals. Michael, a technology consultant who spends most of his time consulting on 3D workflows, proposed to his girlfriend Kate in 3D and as she sat watching also felt it in 4D. “When I decided to propose, I thought what better way than to propose in 3D. I hadn’t seen it done before – and that’s enough for me.”

So how did he do it? Basically, Michael shot a video to propose to her in 3D, edited the video in 3D, showed it to her in 3D, and filmed her reaction in 3D. “I was shot on a green screen in 3D, then was ‘inserted’ into 3D weather footage. As I was planning this, I told Kate I needed to speak at a conference and needed to run the presentation by her to see how it flowed. The topic – ’3D Immersion’ allowed me to pull some old fashion 3D gags…and catch her completely off guard.

YouTube now supports stereo 3D video (video containing two streams, one for each eye) recorded with a 3D video camera. So I’m sure we will be seeing alot more proposal videos in 3D being uploaded.

The Techie Details:

Micahel used a low grade JVC TD-1 to shoot on a green screen. The JVC shoots MVC encoded MP4. Used MVCtoAVI to convert both the JVC and 3D weather footage into L & R Cineform files. Each eye was then pulled into After Effects, where Christian Glawe worked his 3D magic to set me within the 3D space, along with some particles, color work, and blurring. I then used Avid 6.0 on a Mac to import each eye into DNX 175x. Created stereoscopic clips and edited. AMA of the raw files was just a massive pain. Exported a 2D version to cut FX to in Pro Tools 10. Sound was shot dual system; no XLR on the JVC camera.

Graphics are from Screen Candy via Enhanced Dimensions.
Monitored on a JVC 463D10. Passive, as the TV Kate was going to view it on is also passive.
3D weather footage courtesy David Cole, via Bob Kertesz and the CML.
Vince Rocca was the DP, grip, snow man, rain man, and love coach.
Key Code Media provided the gear.