Thursday, June 17th, 2010 Posted by CG Channel Administration

New Training DVD: Stereoscopic Camera Fundamentals

Now available from the CG Channel store is Aristomenis Tsirbas’ DVD on Stereo Camera Fundamentals. If you’re interested in producing stereo 3D movies, this is a must. Comes with 3D glasses.

In this DVD, director Aristomenis (Meni) Tsirbas reveals the essentials for creating properly animated stereoscopic imagery. Although Maya and LightWave are used, the course is platform agnostic and can be used with any animation software, even if it doesn’t have stereoscopic tools. Meni guides you through a comprehensive overview of all the major principles of stereo filmmaking. Meni begins with a biological discussion of how the human eye perceives stereo imagery, and then covers the principles of 3D, including near and far divergence, the conversion at the screen plane, and working with camera movement. After creating a final render, he completes the lecture by showing how to display animated stereo sequences. This is a comprehensive yet simple to understand lecture that gives artists all the tools needed to generate exceptional stereoscopic imagery.

3D glasses are included with the purchase of the DVD (not the digital download).

Get it from the CG Channel store here

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About Aristomenis Tsirbas

Aristomenis (Meni) Tsirbas has been directing for film and TV for over ten years and has fifteen years experience as a visual effects supervisor and digital artist. His professional career started in 1996, working as a digital artist on James Cameron’s Titanic and national advertising spots for Nike, 7UP and Coca-Cola. As a visual effects supervisor Meni worked on Miramax’s A Wrinkle in Time, Disney’s My Favorite Martian and Paramount’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Between 2000 and 2003 Tsirbas wrote and directed a string of highly successful animated short films including SIGGRAPH’s Ray Tracey in Full Tilt, Microsoft’s Mech Warrior: Vengeance, Terra, and the acclaimed The Freak. In 2004 Tsirbas worked on two back-to-back music videos, including Tears For Fears’ Closest Thing To Heaven, before setting off to direct his first feature film, Battle for Terra.

“Meni is a unique film-maker because he knows how to do everything on a project. He’s a true auteur, and that’s what allows him to use everything that’s necessary to creatively push a project and combine all the elements to tell the most concise and clear visual story possible.”
Shane Acker
Academy Award Nominated director and animator “9”


  1. Biology and Stereo Vision
  2. The Theatrical Experience
  3. Stereo Camera Fundamentals
  4. Converting 2D Animation to True 3D
  5. Stereo Camera Basics and Maya
  6. Stereo Storytelling in Maya
  7. Zoom and Extreme Distances
  8. Stereoscopic Output


  • Product Code: ATS01
  • ISBN: 1-59762-807-7
  • UPC: 805366017576
  • Duration: 103 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM