The most remarkable part of the first IPL 3 semifinal between Royal Challengers and Mumbai Indians was that 3D cricket viewing was premiered at the DY Patil Stadium on Wednesday.
Valuable Group brought this to about 75 theatres in India. Viewers had to watch with special 3D glasses.
Valuable Group have been using 3D for feature films that were beamed by satellite into 1800 movie theatres countrywide.
Ameya Hete, of Valuable Group, who has been working on this project said, “3D brings a player’s perspective to the viewer. The ball comes towards him as the wicketkeeper would see it. This unique experience has been now brought to the people.”
There were two cameras on one tripod catching the action. A 3D rig managed the images of both. There were eight locations and 16 cameras, apart from those of the broadcaster, Sony. Each camera captured on 2D image. A stereographer outside managed the depth to make it a clean image.
Hete said gradually they would move to other events like award functions, dance and reality shows. They were also moving towards the hospitality industry. You could sit in a hotel room and using a switch of a Readbox watch a 2D movie from a vast digital library in 3D.