3-D Enterprises Closes 3-D Supply Retail Business
valuable resource to 3-D enthusiasts around the world has
closed. After 26 years of continuous business as the operators
of Reel 3-D Enterprises Inc., Susan Pinsky and David Starkman
have decided to close their retail sales business, effective
April 2, 2004. Reel 3-D Enterprises was the world's largest
mail order selection of 3-D supplies. The business operated
out of Culver City, California.
Pinksy and Starkman's Web site is still online with other
resources for 3-D items. According to Pinsky and Starkman,
"The last decade other 3-D companies have come into existence
and many of them already sell products created by Reel 3-D
Enterprises. Right now, we estimate that we are going to take
one year off to re-evaluate our lives and business structure.
During this time, please feel free to check the Reel 3-D Web
pages for changes or additions to information on other sources
of 3-D products, and for any updates in what Reel 3-D is up
to. We will deeply miss the daily interaction we have had
with so many of you, but we hope you will understand our decision
to take this break."
The staff of 3-D Review Online Magazine wish the
best to Susan and David in their future endeavors and send
thanks to them for being great people to deal with and a great
source for 3-D products and information since 1973.
Stereoptics View-Master® Auctions Sept. 13 and 14, 2004
of the best places to find View-Master® and other 3-D
items for sale is Jefferson Stereoptics regularly held View-Master®
and stereoview auctions conducted by John Saddy. The latest
collection of View-Master® goodies goes on the auction
block on Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, featuring lots 1 through
340. The second part of the auction concludes on Tuesday,
March 14, 2004, with lots 341 through 603.
The auction items are also listed on John's Web site at www3.sympatico.ca/john.saddy.3d/.
Over 150 lots are scanned and posted on the Web site. The
Web site is easily navigated by topic. Each item is grouped
in areas of interest such as View-Master® packets USA
and Canada or View-Master® packets Television and
Movies and so on. You will need to register on the site
in order to place a bid online.
Once again, the auction features some rarely seen View-Master®
- Four Japanese language diorama packets including Little
Red Riding Hood, Little Yellow Dinosaur, Peter Pan and Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs.. (John says these are the only
ones he has ever seen.)
- An extremely rare View-Master® Christmas Wrapper on
a 1954 Gift Set. The wrapping that goes around the box has
Christmas graphics as well as a spot the gift-giver could
mark "TO and FROM." This wrapper was usually immediately
ripped off the package and went into the garbage with the
rest of the present wrappings.
- View-Master® French language draft for a packet set
- Belgium View-Master® factory files for Pontin's C314
including a mockup of the box.
Subscribers receive John's catalog several times a year.
Cost of the subscription pays for printing the catalog and
postage to mail it. Each issue of the printed catalog includes
photos of some of the most sought after 3-D items featured
in each sale.
John grades each item and includes elaborate descriptions,
too. Unlike eBay, sniping is not part of the equation in John's
auctions. Lots are closed with a very liberal waiting period.
Beginning at the closing time, after 10 minutes with no bids
or inquiries, all lots are closed together.
You can contact John via an e-mail link on his Web site to
find out about subscribing to the catalog. Jefferson Stereoptics
is located in London Ontario, Canada.
Saddy's latest catalog includes a special note regarding
View-Master® consignments. John Saddy says, "I have
huge stereocard consignment commitments and I have to lessen
the time I spend on View-Master® auctions. There are two
ways to do this. If the consignment is small enough that you
can list the items, please do so in advance of mailing them.
If the consignment is large, don't worry about listing it.
Please send it to John Achziger, 9116 East Sprague, Spokane,
WA 99206. John Achziger will list everything and its condition
for me and I can choose the material that is appropriate for
my auctions. John Achziger will send that to me and then eBay
the remainder. John Achziger charges a straight 30 percent
commission. I am still in the View-Master® auction business.
The reason I must do this is to free up time to devote to
the stereoviews. I still love View-Master® and want to
continue the auctions. I just have to cut down on the time
spent on it. Your cooperation is appreciated and your consignments
will be appreciated, too."
Maker 3-D ver. 1.08
Maker is a freeware software program that allows you to create
a 3-D anaglyph image for red-blue glasses and creates an interleave
image that is 3-D for LC-shutter glasses from your stereo
photograph pair. This is one of the easiest to use software
packages to convert stereo pairs to anaglyphs. The program
is impressive and really powerful for such a small download
ZIP file (729kb).
Import JPEG or BMP (only 24 bit-color) files. You can adjust
real time for horizontal shift or vertical shift with 'U,D,L,R'
buttons on the screen. You can easily adjust brightness or
contrast of the image. The program is for Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP.
Version 1.08 adds a new 3-D conversion to the Anaglyph Maker
program, which was written in C++Builder5 by Takashi Sekitani
from Saitama, Japan. The 3-D LCD button allows you to convert
stereo pairs into 3-D images that can be viewed using computer
monitors such as the Sharp LL-151D 3-D LCD Color Monitor,
which provides a 3-D display without the need for special
Sekitani is a media creator using electronics and computers
and an enthusiastic stereo photographer since 1995. Sekitani
is a member of Stereo Club Tokyo, the National Stereoscopic
Association (NSA) and International Stereoscopic Union (ISU).
You can contact Sekitani by e-mail at email@example.com.
Corporation Introduces 3-D LCD Color Monitor
Corporation announced the introduction into the Japanese market
of the 15-inch LL-151D 3-D LCD Color Monitor that provides
a 3-D (stereoscopic) display without the need for special
glasses and that can easily be switched to a conventional
2-D (planar) display. This new display is targeted at a wide
range of application and content developers, and at commercial
users studying its potential for business-oriented uses.
The LL-151D can be manually switched from a 2-D to a 3-D
display with the touch of a button. In addition, the display
can be automatically switched between 2-D mode and 3-D mode*1
under software program control provided the software supports
Sharp 3-D Technology*2.
- 1 Requires a computer with a USB port.
- 2 Proprietary technology developed by Sharp to achieve
a 3-D stereoscopic image display. Software that supports
Sharp 3-D Technology can switch the display between 2-D
and 3-D mode under program control.
- 3 In 2-D mode. When displaying in 3-D mode, resolution
is effectively halved because the horizontal pixels are
distributed between left and right stereo images.
- 4 Response time will vary depending on panel temperature,
brightness and the image being displayed.
- 5 Effective only when connected to analog video input.
- 6 Image enlarged to fill whole screen only. Images cannot
be enlarged at 1:1 or at fixed aspect ratios. Enlarged images
cannot be displayed properly in 3-D.
- 7 To correctly display 3-D images, the image must be correctly
adjusted while connected to an analog video source.
Goldsmith 1929 - 2004
winning film composer Jerry Goldsmith died on July 21, 2004,
following a long battle with cancer. He was 75. One of the
final contributions featuring Goldsmith's music are his famous
Star Trek themes, which are being used in the 3-D film Star
Trek:The Experience Borg Invasion 4-D.
In 1950, Goldsmith was employed as a clerk typist in the
music department at CBS. He was given his first embryonic
assignments as a composer for radio shows such as Romance
and CBS Radio Workshop. He wrote one score a
week for these shows which were performed live on transmission.
He stayed with CBS until 1960, having already scored The
Twilight Zone. He was hired by Revue Studios to score
their Thriller series. It was here that he met the
influential film composer Alfred Newman who hired Goldsmith
to score the film Lonely Are the Brave, his first
major feature film score. An experimentalist, Goldsmith constantly
pushed forward the bounds of film music: Planet of the
Apes included horns blown without mouthpieces and a bass
clarinetist fingering the notes but not blowing. He was unafraid
to use the wide variety of electronic sounds and instruments,
although he did not use them for their own sake.
He rose rapidly to the top of his profession in the early
to mid-sixties with scores such as Freud, A Patch of Blue,
and The Sand Pebbles. receiving Oscar nominations
for all three and for Planet of the Apes. Goldsmith
contributed the music to Patton, Star Trek: The Motion
Picture, Chinatown, Logan's Run, Alien, Capricorn One, Poltergeist,
Breakheart Pass, Superman: The Movie and The Boys
from Brazil among some 300 scores for film and TV. He
received 17 Oscar nominations and won in 1977 for The