3DS Update Adds Fun Video Features

Posted on 07. Dec, 2011 by in Blog

Nintendo packs a big punch with its latest 3DS update—users will now be able to shoot 3D and stop-motion videos.

The update for Nintendo’s portable device is available for download for all current 3DS owners, and will be included in 3DS packages for future owners.

The new camera features are by far the most exciting of the new features available with this update.

3D recording is a bit of a mixed bag, as 3D images can be somewhat tricky. There’s moving objects that can get a little blurry or out of focus at times.

While this can be attributed to mostly user-error, it does make 3D video recording a bit disappointing. Also, the 3DS is only capable of up to 10 minutes of recorded data, so videos have to be short and sweet.

The stop-motion photography, however, easily makes up for what the 3D recording lacks. For those not familiar with stop-motion, think back to those picture flip books you rapidly thumbed through as a child.

Stop-motion is an animation technique that moves objects in small increments between individually photographed frames to create the illusion of movement when the frames are played continuously.

The 3DS shoots stop-motion with ease, even keeping a ghost image on the screen to help you set up the next shot properly. There’s also a timer option that counts down before each frame is shot, allowing you to work away from the scene.

Admittedly, there is a bit of learning curve. But with a little care and work, there could be a lot of great stop-motion photography to come from 3DS users. The only thing missing is sound, which users will have to add in post-production.

The 3DS update also includes updates to the Mii Plaza. In the Mii Plaza, you can view where all of the Mii you’ve met and their location on a world map. There are also expansions to Puzzle Seap and Find Mii, adding new adventures of the Mii world.