ESPN's 3D sports channel might be tanking, but that isn't stopping Wimbledon from filming the men's semifinals and women's finals this summer in three-dee.
Broadcasting in 3D is all the rage these days, but Wimbledon's 3D partnership with Sony is going to be a flop, here's why:
1) The angles: Tennis is filmed from far away. Unless the camera can get right in front of the ball or zoom behind the shoulder of a player for a first person view, there won't be that many sensational whiz-bang "pop" effects to wow anyone. Filming in 3D requires new views that take full advantage of the extra depth, not just using the same techniques and adding a second image to it.
2) The 3D-cinemas: People have to go to a 3D-equipped theater and pony up the extra dough for those cheap 3D glasses just to watch a few matches of tennis live. How long will viewers have to sit in the dark? What about intermissions and breaks? Will viewers get served 3D commercials? If so, no thanks.
I'm still divided on 3D. On the one hand, it's great when the tech is fully utilized to its best capability such as in Avatar or in a game like Killzone 3, but on the other, it feels like a layer that every consumer product is trying to tack on.
So far, from what I've seen at CES and at retail demos, sports broadcast in 3D have been disappointing. The lack of actual "depth" in terms of visual direction, as I said, will drag the potential of 3D sports broadcasts down, unless something changes.
Via Huffington Post