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September 2004 Issue

Vol. 2, No. 9

3-D Review is your headquarters for information about new stereoscopic products from around the world.

3-D Review does not sell any of the products featured on our Web pages. You can order directly from the vendors using the links or addresses provided.

Reel 3-D Enterprises Closes 3-D Supply Retail Business

Reel 3-D Enterprises logo by Steve Aubrey of Aubrey Imaging, San Jose, California. A 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.

Jefferson Stereoptics View-Master® Auctions Sept. 13 and 14, 2004

View-Master 3M reel and viewer.One 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® items:

  • 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 never issued.
  • 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."

Anaglyph Maker 3-D ver. 1.08

Anaglyph Maker Screen SampleAnaglyph 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 glasses.

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 sekitani@stereoeye.jp.

Sharp Corporation Introduces 3-D LCD Color Monitor

Sharp 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.

Jerry Goldsmith 1929 - 2004

Jerry GoldsmithMulti-award 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 Omen.

   

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