My girlfriend and I both get a headache from watching movies in 3D. Unfortunately, a lot of animation (Pixar, Disney) movies are not shown in 2D anymore. When I found really cheap 3D glasses online I ordered a pair to do an ‘optical hack’; I swapped the left glass of one with the right of the other so I’ll be looking at the movie for the right eye, and my girlfriend is looking at the movie for the left eye.
It works! But… I viewed most of the movie in 3D anyhow with the glasses supplied by the cinema. Looking at 2D doesn’t give you the fancy bonus of 3D animation, but stresses the fact that you’re sitting in the cinema wearing sunglasses. The colors aren’t bright enough, and everything is a bit brownish. Also, the filter doesn’t block the other image 100% , so you end up with a faint dropshadow. Probably that also happens with the ‘normal’ 3D cinema glasses, which explains the headache; your brain is constantly processing unclear information. Next time I’ll rent the DVD 😉
One question that remains with me: is a lot of improvement possible in image quality when using better / more expensive glasses? Please comment…