Stereoscopic (3-D) movies have become widely popular all over the world. In addition, 3-D TVs and mobile devices have already been introduced to the consumer market. However, while some manufacturers are introducing 3-D cameras and movie studios are using proprietary solutions, there are no guidelines for consistently capturing high-quality stereoscopic content. In this paper, a comprehensive stereoscopic image and video database with content captured at various distances from the camera lenses and under different lighting conditions will be presented. Subjective tests to assess the perceived 3-D quality of these videos and images, which were shown on displays of different sizes, have been conducted. In addition, the horizontal parallax of the content was adjusted to verify via subjective tests whether this change could increase the viewer's quality of experience. Finally, guidelines of acquisition distances between the cameras and the real scene will be published.