Special Section on Stereoscopic Displays and Applications

Subjective experiences of watching stereoscopic Avatar and U2 3D in a cinema

[+] Author Affiliations
Monika Pölönen

Nokia Research Center, Visiokatu 1, Tampere 33720 Finland

Marja Salmimaa

Nokia Research Center, Visiokatu 1, Tampere 33720 Finland

Jari Takatalo

University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 9, Helsinki 00014 Finland

Jukka Häkkinen

Aalto University School of Science, Department of Media Technology, Espoo Finland

J. Electron. Imaging. 21(1), 011006 (Feb 22, 2012). doi:10.1117/1.JEI.21.1.011006
History: Received April 24, 2010; Revised July 25, 2011; Accepted August 11, 2011
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Abstract.  A stereoscopic 3-D version of the film Avatar was shown to 85 people who subsequently answered questions related to sickness, visual strain, stereoscopic image quality, and sense of presence. Viewing Avatar for 165 min induced some symptoms of visual strain and sickness, but the symptom levels remained low. A comparison between Avatar and previously published results for the film U2 3D showed that sickness and visual strain levels were similar despite the films’ runtimes. The genre of the film had a significant effect on the viewers’ opinions and sense of presence. Avatar, which has been described as a combination of action, adventure, and sci-fi genres, was experienced as more immersive and engaging than the music documentary U2 3D. However, participants in both studies were immersed, focused, and absorbed in watching the stereoscopic 3-D (S3-D) film and were pleased with the film environments. The results also showed that previous stereoscopic 3-D experience significantly reduced the amount of reported eye strain and complaints about the weight of the viewing glasses.

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Monika Pölönen ; Marja Salmimaa ; Jari Takatalo and Jukka Häkkinen
"Subjective experiences of watching stereoscopic Avatar and U2 3D in a cinema", J. Electron. Imaging. 21(1), 011006 (Feb 22, 2012). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JEI.21.1.011006


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