Vicarious Video in 3D

Many of us have speculated that the Vicarious video is in 3D, and Peter sent me a lengthy message explaining that it is, and how it works:

First and foremost: Stereoscopic and real dynamic 3D is NOT the same.
Do NOT view the Vicarious video with your 10,000 Days glasses!!!

Now it’s time to do a little research on 3D, Anaglyph, Stereoscopic. I highly suggest that everyone take a look at the following sites:

We can sum up that the Vicarious video is definitely not Stereoscopy. Ok? To view traditional stereoscopic images, the easiest way to create depth perception in the brain is to provide the eyes of the viewer with two different images, representing two perspectives of the same object, with a minor deviation similar to the perspectives that both eyes naturally receive in binocular vision. That gives you the illusion of 3D. (like the ones on the package of 10,000 Days and Vicarious DVD) Then you can either cross your eyes ’till you get the 3d effect, or use the 10k glasses as we all know how to use.The Vicarious video is NOT stereoscopy. Then what is it? Because something is really going on with the video, right?

Up next is Anaglyph images. They are used to provide a stereoscopic 3D effect, when viewed with 2 color glasses (each lens a different color). Images are made up of two color layers, superimposed, but offset with respect to each other to produce a depth effect. Usually the main subject is in the center, while the foreground and background are shifted laterally in opposite directions. The picture contains two differently filtered colored images, one for each eye. When viewed through the “color coded” “anaglyph glasses”, they reveal an integrated stereoscopic image. The visual cortex of the brain fuses this into perception of a three dimensional scene or composition.  In a red-blue anaglyph, for instance, the eye covered by the red filter sees the red parts of the image as “white”, and the blue parts as “black” (with the brain providing some adaption for color); the eye covered by the blue filter perceives the opposite effect. True white or true black areas are perceived the same by each eye. The brain blends together the image it receives from each eye, and interprets the differences as being the result of different distances. This creates a normal stereograph image without requiring the viewer to cross his or her eyes.

So, is this how the Vicarious video work? I don’t think so. If you compare old classic anaglyph images to the Vicarious video, you can see that it is not the same, BUT something is still there. When watching the Vicarious video, you’ll see that there is somewhat a blue side, and a brown/red side to some of the beings/objects, just as in old anaglyph movies.

Unfortunatly I don’t have a pair of anaglyph glasses anymore, so I can’t test it. But again, I really doubt that anaglyph (red/cyan-blue) glasses will work, so I will not recommend anyone to go out and buy such a pair, at least before someone can confirm that it work.

Colorcode 3D is a new system to reproduce 3-dimensional images in a simple way with full color and depth information- somehow it works the same way as anaglyph, but the colors is brown/blue – just like the distorted outlines in the Vicarious video. It is way better that the old anaglyph metod, and less hard for the eyes.

5 years ago I bought the 3D Mania – Encounter In The Third Dimension DVD from, with 3-d glasses included – defniatly worth buying… These glasses seems to work just fine with the Vicarious video!! It is not 100% made for these glasses, there is a minor deviation to the images projected, but it really looks amazing.

This is where I will sum up and say, that I really don’t know if the Vicarious video is 3D or not, something is defniatly there!!! Maybe it’s something in between… Because the video is intended to be viewed for all audiences, those with glasses, and those without. (i guess) – But what I really can tell, is that I don’t hesitate one minute to say, that when first my glasses are on, the Vicarious video looks soooo much better, not so dusty and distorted.. With my Colorcode glasses on, and my head in front of my 23″ cinema display, the video really reaches out! Especially X (the man) looks amazing, the internal organs and stuff really looks cool! Amazing work! It is SO much more detalied than with the glasses off.

At last, this works for me! I think that the video indeed is 3D, but I don’t think we will really know before Adam is going to speak out about it. One more thing, the internal cover (not the stereoscopic image-booklet)-…h/PC130004.jpg works very well with my Colorcode 3D glasses on!

So, unless Adam and Tool is going to give us some info on whether or not the video is in 3D, and what glasses to use, I highly recommend you guys to head to and buy yourself a 3D movie and some glasses…..and check it out for yourself.

Thank you Adam for making such a great video! Amazing work.

Anyone else had the opportunity to try this?  Anyone interested in splitting a box of glasses?

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ill split a box of glasses.. sounds like bs though.

I am sure the work involved to create a actual 3D version would have been discussed on the 30minute documentary about the film……???

What looks crappy and distorted about it anyway? I played it on my Xbox(XBMC) upscalling to 720p on 37″ HDTV and it looked fucking sweeeeet already.


Seems you can buy a pack of 50-100 glasses..? Happy to chip in and you can give them away to all the bastards that pay out on your site design 😀




Count me in Hellboy – you know I’m good for a payback! Initially I didn’t believe it but this may well turn out to be true. It would totally fit with Tool to release a 3D video without formally telling anyone it’s actually in 3D. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the future Blair or someone close to the band etc let it slip that the video is actually 3D but only when viewed through some unique lenses… It reminds of their last shows in 2002 when they finished a gig in Reno, Nevada with the song lateralus (as per… Read more »


I don’t buy into it. If it were really meant to be viewed in 3D, there would have been two versions of the music video published, one created in a monoscopic format for broadcast and another in true stereoscope for use with special glasses. The package lenses are just for viewing the art still inserts, too. There are definitely certain effects that stand out in the video which might understandably add to that belief, such as the rim lighting and the filter effects used on the character, but I really doubt the video was meant to be watched through anything… Read more »

see you auntie

First off I don’t think the internet search engine company would appreciate you using their name to describe certain blue and red lensed eyewear. It’s goggles right? Ok now on to the 3D discussion. I have a pair of 3D glasses from watching Beowulf in 3D recently and thought I’d give them a go watching the dvd. Nada. I’d really be suprised if it turns out to be 3D. In regards to Beowulf, they’re a 2 different prints of the film that exist. You can see it in regular 2D like any other film or the special 3D version which… Read more »


[quote comment=”33470″]there are clear hints with the red/brown and blue worm-like things[/quote]
I think these colors are more here for a mention of the “nadis”, like in the video.


I think the blue/red outline of some of the things in the video is to give it an unclear, dreamy mood as Alex Grey says in the documentary. While he says this, there are shots of developement of a scene of the worms without the blue/red shine and then a shot of the finished product.

I honestly don’t think the video is 3d, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.