3DStation Allows True, Polarized Stereo Viewing on your Computer
Stereo Photography Products is now selling the Super
3DStation, which enables user to view true polarized stereo
pictures, animations or movies with full color stereoscopic
effect on your computer monitor.
This device allows you to view 3-D on your computer with
polarized glasses. Polarized 3-D allows much better color
reproduction than using anaglyph (red/blue) techniques. Super
3DStation makes use of polarization of light and gives a true
stereo 3-D effect. The optical design of the Super 3DStation
lets you enjoy fascinating 3-D stereo images including photos,
animations, movie clips and even games on your home personal
3-D Review Online Magazine tested one of the units and we
were impressed with the realistic 3-D it produced. Although
it might look like you don't get much viewing space (see the
sample photo on this page), the actual image is large and
extremely sharp. This might be partially due to the high quality
digital monitor we used to mount the viewer on but we think
it would be vivid on any monitor. This system works with both
LCD and CRT monitors.
viewer is a marvel of engineering. The viewer unfolds to allow
the opening of the viewing window. Two adustable arms with
pads to protect your montior allow the viewer to hang over
the front of your monitor. The interior of the viewer is black
to allow a dark, theatrical enclosure around the stereo images.
The software used to create your own stereo images is included
with the Super 3DStation. The software allows you to see small
previews of the stereo images in your saved galleries to the
right of the viewer. Several preview stereo images are included
with the software, plus more images are available a special
Creating your own stereo images is fairly uncomplicated with
selection tabs to choose the left and right images for each
corresponding window, but the preview function could be improved.
While it was easy to import and load the images, it wasn't
so easy for us to line the images up, even using the "Auto
Align" feature. However, with a little practice, we were
able to get the images to the point that they were in sync.
Maybe it is just an issue of learning to use the software.
Try to made sure photos are properly lined up in the first
place if you're scanning stereo pairs or taking separate side-by-side
images to import to the software. This simple effort will
save you time in creating your final image. One improvement
we would suggest is for the software developers to include
an full-size preview instead of the small preview window used
to work on the stereo separations. Maybe we'll see that addition
in a future release or as a downloadable add-on. Still, this
doesn't detract from the desirability of the overall product.
- Photos of five-inches can be displayed on a 12-inch or
larger display monitor
- User-friendly: easy to install, easy to use. With provided
software, user can enjoy series of 3-D photos/animations
and movie clips
- Foldable design: easy to store, space saving
- Competitively priced
- Innovative patented product and design patent pending
- Works with linear polarized glasses
- 12 inch (or larger) LCD/CRT display monitor
- Desktop or laptop computer
- Pentium 1GHz (or above) Computer
- Windows 98 (or above) OS
3DStation sells for a reasonable $19.95 and is available
from Berezin Stereo Photography Products at 21686 Abedul,
Mission Viejo, CA 92691 USA. Call (949) 215-1554 or fax (949)
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firm produces 3-D Cover for Rolling Stone's 1,000th Issue
by Joel Dresand - Courtesy of The
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
small Brookfield, Wisconsin developer of printing technology
is about to go where every performing artist would kill to
be - on the cover of the Rolling Stone, and not just any cover.
National Graphics Inc. has engineered what promises to be
a historic, eye-popping 3-D cover for the 1,000th issue of
the pop-culture biweekly The Rolling Stone, which
hits newsstands May 5.
Rolling Stone commissioned the cover using National
Graphics' patented Extreme Vision technology, which tricks
the eye into seeing depth and motion in images that are flat
"We're creating an optical illusion on a flat surface,"
says Don Krause, president and majority owner of the business,
which employs 20 people in an old schoolhouse on N. Calhoun
"This cover is extremely more expensive, over ten times
the cost of a normal cover, celebrating a milestone that few
magazines achieve," Patrick W. Bryan, manufacturing director
for Rolling Stone, says in an e-mail from New York.
What exactly is on the 2 million covers is still somewhat
under wraps. The magazine has said it will show a crowd of
individuals integral to the American cultural scene since
the first cover (featuring then-Beatle John Lennon) in November
1967. Bryan says the 3-D technology "gives us the ability
to project a likeness of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts
Early images of the 1,000th cover are so guarded that National
Graphics has had to enforce high security at its shop and
at each step along the production process.
"There's nothing that's left behind at the printer that
could end up on eBay," Krause says.
To hype National Graphics' capabilities to potential advertisers,
Rolling Stone has distributed about 5,000 promotional
samples showing a 3-D collage of more than 40 past covers
including Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, John Belushi, J-Lo, Madonna,
Prince, Dr. Dre, Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton. National
Graphics also made 3-D business cards for the magazine's sales
"Being the thousandth issue, advertisers are extremely
interested and excited about being part of this historic issue,"
Bryan says, adding that one company is even running a 3-D
ad on the back cover.
On the financial reward from the Rolling Stone work,
Krause just suggests that it represents "a significant
amount" of National Graphics' annual revenue. More importantly,
the rollout heightens visibility for the company.
"It's a high-profile piece, kind of like Independence
Day was in 1996," Krause says, referring to the
firm's work on animated displays for the science-fiction movie.
"That was one that kind of launched us into stardom."
The science behind National Graphics' success involves parallax,
the same concept behind View-Master® and those two-dimensional
toy surprises in Cracker Jack that wink at you as
you move them. What happens is the right eye and left eye
see an object from slightly different positions, resulting
in two slightly different images that fuse together in the
brain to create a sense of depth perception.
Through 14 patents, with about 14 more pending, National
Graphics has been mastering the art of what's called lenticular
printing, in which parallax is applied in mass-production.
Technicians at National Graphics use proprietary software
to take 12 separate images, split them into skinny strips
and lace them together as one jumbled-up image that's then
printed on the underside of a plastic lens. The topside of
the lens is rippled (with as many as 200 ridges per inch)
in such a way that vision is directed toward underlying images
to create the effects of depth and motion.
The lens is then affixed to a growing array of packaging
material, book and CD covers, food and cosmetics labels, beverage
containers, to make products stand out on the shelf.
"It has a visual impact. The image changes as you walk
by. It catches your eye," Krause says.
Gaining wider exposure
Greater eye play through Rolling Stone also should
help other lenticular specialists in Wisconsin, who are part
of an extensive cluster of printing businesses across the
state. Bryan also is manufacturing director for Men's Journal
and Us Weekly, which he points out are printed in the Milwaukee
area by Quad / Graphics Inc., based in Sussex.
"This is wonderful for the technology," says Steve
Elbing, chief executive officer of Service Litho-Print Inc.,
in Oshkosh. "It really drives the visibility and uniqueness
of lenticular as an option."
Lenticular effects are a niche market that benefits from
occasional mainstream exposure, says Joe Baksha, president
and CEO of Outlook Group Corp., in Neenah.
"People like toys," Baksha says, "and printing
can get kind of boring. If you attach a toy to it, it makes
National Graphics got the ball rolling on the Rolling
Stone project late last summer, and production is still
not finished. Krause figures the process has employed more
than 100 workers along the way, including:
- Plastic extruders in Sheboygan Falls, who custom-made
the plastic lenses used in the printing.
- Commercial printers in central Wisconsin, who are specially
licensed to use National Graphics' technology.
- Finishers in the Milwaukee area, who laminated the printed
lenses to white synthetic paper backing and cut them down
- Out-of-state vendors, who will glue the 3-D covers to
printed paper that will be attached to the rest of the magazine
when it's printed.
National Graphics, Service Litho-Print and Outlook Group
are examples of old-line printing businesses that have been
investing in specialized technologies to survive and increase
Elbing says improvements in the plastic printing material
and computer imaging have helped lower costs for lenticular
at the same time quality has sharpened. His company is working
on 3-D labels for a California winemaker.
Krause has established relationships with manufacturers and
suppliers in Asia and is working to get the lenticular technology
to work better on curved packages. He plans to expand National
Graphics in coming months, adding his own printing equipment
to have greater control of research and development.
"It's an area of the business," Krause says, "we
think will be a growing market for us on a global basis."
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founder Jann Wenner has assembled 154 of his best friends
on the bold 3-D cover of the 1,000th issue of his pop-culture
hefty volume boasts a 3-D lenticular attachment featuring
a Sgt. Pepper's-style collage of some of the biggest names
in music, film, TV and literature of the last four decades.
A few world leaders also made the cut, but not President George
W. Bush, the subject of the cover of No. 999, which asked
if he was the worst president in history.
Wenner told Reuters the issue has been in the planning stage
since last summer, with printing on the cover starting in
January. The cover cost about $1 million to produce, with
the expense offset by a $2 increase in the cover price to
$5.95, and "a huge amount" of advertising, including
Target Stores' own lenticular image on the back.
Inside, the magazine revels in its storied history, and spotlights
its 100 greatest covers, spanning Wenner's 1967 interview
with John Lennon in the first issue, through rapper Kanye
West's Jesus Christ pose in issue 993 this past February.
"What other magazines are there that I want to see a
hundred covers of? That I could look at a hundred of their
best covers and go, 'Wow! That was our times ... those are
brilliant ... that band meant something to me,"' Wenner
But the magazine is more than a forum for pretty faces and
the work of such photographers as Annie Leibovitz, Baron Wolman
and Herb Ritts. Writers included Hunter S. Thompson, P.J.
O'Rourke and Tom Wolfe, and virtually every pop culture notable
sat down for an interview, Lennon, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley
and Jimi Hendrix, all the way down to Nick Lachey in issue
Rolling Stone will vie for three National Magazine Awards
on May 9, with Wenner's interview with U2 singer Bono nominated
in the profile writing category.
At 60, Wenner said he remains very involved in the magazine's
direction and strategy. But he does not control every page
as Hugh Hefner still does at Playboy.
Rolling Stone's audited total paid circulation stood at 1.3
million in the six months to December 2005, up by about 34,000
copies from the year-ago period.
But newsstand sales, where the profit margins are higher,
fell by about 5,700 copies to 128,580 in the same period.
The Nightmare Before Christmas being digitally enhanced for
will drop nightshade into Dr. Finkelstein's tea in 3-D come
Halloween, when Walt Disney Pictures releases a digitally
remastered version of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before
The digital release of the 1993 stop-motion animated classic
is set for October 20.
The Nightmare Before Christmas marks the second
digital 3-D theatrical release from Disney after Chicken
Little did banner business last year in digital 3-D on
84 U.S. screens at 81 locations. The digital 3-D boxoffice
returns outperformed the standard screenings nearly 3-to-1,
according to Disney estimates.
Burton and The Nightmare Before Christmas director
Henry Selick are involved in the digital remastering of the
stop-mo feature starring Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king
of Halloween Town.
"When visitors came to visit the set of The Nightmare
Before Christmas they were always amazed by the intricate
sets and beautiful puppets, that they actually existed in
miniature," Selick said Monday. "It was disappointing
to see this effect lost on film. By remastering for 3-D, I
hope that some of this magic can be captured and shown to
the audience in a way they've never seen before."
Disney's rerelease of the wicked tale represents the first
3-D feature to stake a claim on the Halloween holiday, much
like Warner Bros. Pictures called dibs on the Christmas frame
with the 3-D rerelease of 2004's The Polar Express.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is in the early stages
of being digitally scanned and converted into 3-D by the computer-graphics
group at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic.
Executives were reluctant to discuss the design of the 3-D
passive glasses that will be handed out to audiences at The
Nightmare Before Christmas screenings but suggested they
will be appropriately ghoulish and collectible.
Domestically, The Nightmare Before Christmas made
$50.3 million when first released in 1993.
Sony Pictures' Monster House, executive produced
by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg, is expected to be
the next film to play in digital 3-D when released July 21.
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Stereoscopic Association National Convention is July 11 -
17 in Miami
32nd National Stereoscopic Association (NSA) Convention is
July 11-17, 2006 at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami, Florida.
Events and Activities
Art Gallery Show
The Art Gallery will feature the most prominent 3-D artists
displaying their best work. The entire gamut of 3-D images
will be displayed, stereoviews in Holmes, ViewMagic, DSEC
and large formats; anaglyphs; phantograms; lenticulars; computer
generated and hand-drawn; vintage and modern. Hourly docent
talks will discuss specific aspects of the displays. If you
would like to apply to participate, contact the Art Gallery
Members and non-members consign 3-D views and equipment, modern
and vintage for the annual NSA Spotlight Auction on Friday
night. Viewing usually begins at 6 PM, followed by the auction.
Bids may be mailed in advance. To attend the auction, you
must have a convention badge. For information on how to consign
material, contact the Auction Chairman.
The Saturday night banquet includes the presentation of annual
and convention awards and features a noted 3-D personality
as the speaker
3-D clubs from all over the world have tables highlighting
their past and future activities. For information on how your
club or organization can participate, contact the Convention
In addition to the traditional stereo view competitions, there
will is a competition for other non-projected stereo formats.
Entries in NSA and SSA competitions are displayed, with hourly
docent talks by selected entrants. Competitions include both
modern and vintage images. For information on the vintage
competitions contact the Vintage Chairwoman. For modern image
competitions, contact the Modern Competition Chairperson.
A curated display will explain the role of specific equipment
in the development of 3-D photography.
Exhibit Reception at the Historical Museum of Southern
Thursday afternoon from 5 to 7 p.m. for NSA registrants and
the Board and Fellows of the HMSF
Stereoviews of Florida and the Caribbean is a joint
exhibit by the NSA and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida.
It will feature stereoviews of Florida and the Caribbean from
the collections of NSA members and the HMSF permanent collection.
It will open in the Lobby Gallery on June 22 and continue
to September 9.
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida is centrally located
in downtown Miami, at the Metro-Dade Cultural Center Plaza,
101 West Flagler Street. The plaza resembles a Spanish fortress
and covers an entire city block. The plaza includes the Historical
Museum, Miami-Dade Public Library System Main Library, and
the Miami Art Museum. The Metromover Government Center Station
opens onto the Plaza and the Miami-Dade Cultural Center parking
garage is just across the street.
The entire gamut of 3-D images is displayed including stereoviews
in Holmes, ViewMagic, DSEC and large formats; anaglyphs; phantograms;
lenticulars; computer generated and hand-drawn; vintage and
modern. Hourly docent talks will discuss specific aspects
of the displays. For more details, contact the Exhibit Chairperson.
Relax with your convention mates after six 3-D action packed
days, while enjoying the beautiful homes around Biscayne Bay
and adjoining waters.
Hot Miami! Cool 3-D!
Convention photographers take advantage of scenic Miami to
document the area in 3-D during the convention. The entries
will be shown as the last show of the Stereo Theater on Sunday.
E6 slide film will be processed twice per day by a local lab.
Facilities will be available during the convention to mount
the slides or format the digital images for projection.
The theater will present alternative shows which supplement
the main Stereo theatre. These will include activities such
as View-Master projection, anaglyph movies and slide critique
sessions. If you have some material which you would to share,
contact the Little Theatre Chairperson.
Miami Photo Tour
The Monday tour gives convention attendees a chance to see
local sights of interest. The tour is typically from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m., approximately. Exact times and itinerary will be
The President gives his State-of-the-NSA talk and members
may ask question about the association.
Many individuals choose to sell stereo collectibles out of
their rooms during the convention. This is an excellent opportunity
to find stereo rarities or to just sit around and chat with
old and new friends in the stereo world.
Special Interest Group Meetings
These meetings are for groups with special interests to meet
with their like-minded cohorts (and for people who think that
they might like to become interested). Typical groups include
View-Master collectors, medium format stereo slides, collectors
of 1950/60s vintage slides and Internet 3-D discussion groups.
If you would like to chair a meeting, contact the Convention
If you are new to the 3-D world, this is the place to see
the type of photography that is possible with 3-D. The best
in 3-D slide show, both film and digital, modern and vintage-
are featured in the main stereo theatre. This is your opportunity
to see the best shows in the country with some representation
from the rest of the world. Come see some awesome 3-D slide
shows. If you have been shooting 3-D and have a slide show
that you can share with an audience, please share it with
us. If you would like to present a show, contact the Stereo
Stereoscopic Society of America Dinner
The SSA is a division of the NSA which exchanges images through
the use of circulating folios. The annual dinner on Thursday
night will follow the HMSF reception and be held at a nearby
restaurant. It is open to all SSA members and those interested
in joining. For information about the SSA or to join, contact
Do you need 3-D supplies? Do you collect stereoviews? Do you
want a new 3-D camera? If you answered yes to any of these
questions, then you need to attend the world's largest 3-D
Trade Fair. Vendors will be here from all over the country,
with over 100 tables of vintage and modern items. Manufacturers
will be showing off their latest products. All will be happy
to talk with you. To get a first crack at what everyone is
selling, don’t forget to select the Early Bird Trade
Fair Admission on your registration. If you want to be a vendor
at the Trade fair, contact the Trade Fair Chairman.
The workshops cover all aspects of creating 3-D images, both
printed, slides and projected, in both film and digital formats.
Some sessions will be deal with instruction for new converts
to creating 3-D images. Others will cover more advanced topics.
Panel discussions/demonstrations will include the latest in
digital 3-D cameras. Traditionally workshops have included
How to Make Stereo Cards, How to Mount Slides, Using Photoshop,
and Making Your Own Viewers or Cameras. If you want to put
on a workshop, contact the Workshop Chairman.
Historical Equipment Exhibit
Equipment used to make, view or display 3-D images will be
displayed with descriptions of its role in the historical
development of stereo imaging. Contact the Historical Equipment
Chairman if you would like more information or wish to assist
in the exhibit.
Open times vary and will be included with later schedule
details. Unless described otherwise, expect activities to
be included within the 9 AM to 5 PM time period. All venues
will close at 3 PM on Sunday.
There are three levels of registration. Full Registration,
Day Registration and Trade Fair Registration. Day and Trade
Fair registrations do not have access to all activities.
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, July 11
Art Gallery Show Evening Opening
Wednesday, July 12
Art Gallery Show
Special Interest Group Meetings
Hot Miami! Cool 3-D!
Thursday, July 13
Special Interest Group Meetings
Hot Miami! Cool 3-D!
Art Gallery Show
Exhibit Reception at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida
Stereoscopic Society of America Dinner
Friday, July 14
Hot Miami! Cool 3-D!
Art Gallery Show
Saturday, July 15
Hot Miami! Cool 3-D!
Art Gallery Show
Sunday, July 16
Hot Miami! Cool 3-D!
Art Gallery Show
Monday, July 17
Miami Photo Tour
For more information contact Bill Moll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cameron's Message At NAB: Push 3-D Into Theaters
and Terminator 2 aficionados could soon see the movies
released in digital 3-D, James Cameron said Sunday during
the National Association of Broadcasters' Digital Cinema Summit
Titanic director James Cameron, has issued a warning
that Hollywood is "in a fight for survival." He
wants the movie industry to offer films in digital 3-D to
counteract declining sales and rampant piracy.
"Maybe we just need to fight back harder, come out
blazing, not wither away and die," Cameron said during
his keynote address Sunday at the National Association of
Broadcasters' Digital Cinema Summit.
Through a partnership with The Walt Disney Co., Cameron
has made several underwater 3-D IMAX documentaries, and told
more than 600 in attendance he's been working with digital
3-D for the past five years. The NAB conference, which ran
April 24 through 27, expected to attract more than 120,000
attendees to the Las Vegas, Nev. show.
Cameron, the director of the highest-grossing film of all
time at $1.8 billion worldwide, said he's working on several
full-length action 3-D movies, including Battle Angel
and Project 880.
Cameron also took the occasion of the world's biggest annual
film and broadcast technology trade show at the Las Vegas
Convention Centre to fire a few shots across the bow of the
controversial practice of simultaneous movie and video releasing
being promoted by entrepreneur Mark Cuban and Bubble director
Steven Soderbergh, among others.
"We're so scared of piracy right now that we're ready
to pimp out our mothers," Cameron said. "This whole
day-and-date DVD release nonsense? Here's an answer: (Digital
cinema is) one of the strongest reasons I've been pushing
3-D for the past few years because it offers a powerful experience,
which you can only have in the movie theatre."
Digital cinema and sophisticated cameras that enable directors
to view shots on location in 3-D have made shooting three-dimensional
major motion pictures easier. "We're halfway through
the looking glass," Cameron said. "We're past the
point where the fear of change is outweighed by the fear of
Maybe so, but price remains an obstacle. Camera costs for
a 3-D movie nearly doubles, because production requires two
of everything - camera, lenses, recorders and data streams.
Then factor-in post production and visual effects, Cameron
said, and the price to make the movie jumps between 5 percent
and 15 percent, but the finished product in 3-D could gross
up to 40 percent more.
To support his point, Cameron said Walt Disney Pictures installed
nearly seven dozen digital cinema projectors and systems for
the release of Chicken Little in November 2005. Those
83 screens generated a gross of $12.9 million. Theaters running
the movie in 35 millimeter brought in $54,000 on average,
compared with $162,000 in 3-D theaters. "In North America,
two percent of the theaters, numerically, yielded 10 percent
of the movies overall gross," he said.
Chicken Little isn't the only movie that has seen
success in 3-D. Cameron said 25 percent of the gross revenue
for Polar Express came from two percent of the theaters.
While digital cinema enables the explosion of 3-D movies
in theaters, don't expect to see Cameron's flicks repurposed
for delivery on cellular phones and iPod. "I love movies,
and I love them on the big screen," Cameron said. "I'm
not going to make movies for people to watch on their cell
phones. To me that's an abomination."
Not all agree with Cameron's stand to limit media on portable
devices. Ears XXI independent moviemaker Christopher Coppola
would rather see James Cameron make a short 3-D movie for
portable media content, so young people could easily become
familiar with his style. "It wouldn't take anything away
from a major movie release, he should do that too," Coppola
said. "Hollywood is terrified that young people are embracing
this alternative content because they would rather have it
on their iPod."
Cameron wants to retain the "grand vision-transporting
movie experience" made for the big screen. Motivating
conference attendees, he argued digital 3-D can get people
off their "butts and out of their homes, away from their
portable devices and back in the theaters where they belong.
That's my Saint Crispin's day speech," he said. "Who's
with me, dammit?"
Among the films planning 3-D releases are Walden Media and
New Line Cinema's Journey to the Center of the Earth,
Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf, and Walt Disney Feature
Animation's computer-animated Meet the Robinsons.
Cameron also said Peter Jackson might release King Kong,
and possibly, The Lord of the Rings trilogy in 3-D;
and George Lucas will release the Star Wars trilogy,
The filmmaker said his interest in digital 3-D goes back
to his love of movies and his love of making them for the
big screen. "I'm not going to make movies for people
to watch on their cell phones. To me, I'd rather go back to
doing some more deep-ocean expeditions," Cameron said,
referring to the handful of maritime documentaries he has
made since Titanic. "I don't want that grand, visionary,
transporting movie experience made for the big screen to become
a thing of the past."
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will star in Journey 3-D
says that Brendan Fraser will portray a geologist who, with
his teenage son, discovers a message hidden in an ancient
artifact, leading them into a previously unseen world in Journey
3-D, Walden Media/New Line's update of Jules Verne's
Journey to the Center of the Earth. The story revolves
around a scientist who is stuck with his nephew as they embark
on a trip to Iceland to check on a volcanic sensor. During
a storm, they get trapped in a cave and the only way out is
through the center of Earth.
Verne's book has been adapted for the screen many times,
most notably in 1959 with James Mason starring in an Oscar-nominated
epic for director Henry Levin.
Fraser, one of the stars of Crash, next appears
in Journey to the End of the Night, which will premiere
at the Tribeca Film Festival next week. He recently wrapped
the ensemble crime drama The Air I Breathe and the
romantic comedy-drama The Last Time.
Eric Brevig, who won a Special Achievement Academy Award
for his visual effects work on Total Recall, will
make his feature directorial debut. D.V. DeVincentis (High
Fidelity) has written the script, and visual effects
veteran Charlotte Huggins is producing.
Journey 3-D will be shot in live action, with the
otherworldly landscapes and creatures supplied by high-definition,
photo-realistic 3-D technology.
Fraser will also executive produce. Shooting starts June
10 in Montreal.
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3-D TV Network
The World’s First 3-D Television Network is Poised to
Launch in the Arab World this September
world’s first 3-D TV Network is poised to launch in
the Arab world this September. The station, called ABCD, will
offer programming that can be watched in conventional 2-D,
or through 3-D glasses designed to bring the screen to life.
The project is being finalized by Arabian Broadcasting Company,
part of the Avanti Consulting Group. So far, nearly $300 million
has been ploughed into developing the new channel, with will
be available on the Nilesat satellite print.
Avanti boss Dr. Issam Daoud told Arabian Business: “It’s
something I have been working on for around three years and
we have got the technology ready to do it. The first channel
will be for the Arab world, with two more channels to follow,
for the West and for Asia.”
The new channel’s studios are based in London and Monaco,
with an additional studio expected to open in Dubai later
this year. Dr. Daoud says his technical team have been working
on the technology to shoot programmes in 3-D, which can also
be easily viewed in 2-D.
“The reason I think people will watch it is because
it is 3-D. Obviously it is unique, because nobody else in
the world is watching 3-D. The first print from Nilesat gives
us coverage of the MENA and Southern Europe region, and the
Iranian subcontinent. That’s a lot of people who will
have access to the channel, and all they have to do to watch
it is stick on a pair of 3-D glasses,” he explains.
He added: “The real key to success in television is
programming, and we have some unique plans there too.”
Apart from a number of adventure style shows filmed in 3-D,
the new channel intends to film the religious Kaaba ceremony
in 3-D during Ramadan, followed by the Haj in Mecca next year.
“All these major Muslim religious festivals will be
covered by ABCD in 3-D. That’s a potential audience
of over 300 million people,” he says.
Sponsorship slots for the 3-D Movie Night are selling
for $2 million a go and a number of distribution deals for
the 3-D glasses required to watch the channel have also been
Dr. Daoud explained: “Many supermarkets in the Arab
world have been approached to take branded 3-D glasses on
specific products of food, drink and magazines. We have a
lot of research to back up the facts. If Coca-Cola have the
glasses they will sell more cans than Pepsi. It’s as
simple as that. The plan is for the main sponsors to build
their own glasses, which we will then distribute at points
of sale. This way, advertisers have a pretty good idea who
is watching because they know how many glasses have been taken.
If we get rid of 80 million, we think at least half those
people will try them on out of curiosity. That means 40 million
people are tuning into our channel. That is a very, very large
number of people,” he says.
Dr. Daoud is planning to float the company on the London
Stock Exchange within three years, and says that almost all
profits will be donated to needy causes.
“One of the main programms will focus on starvation
in Africa, and funds raised through it will be distributed
to help people there. We are in talks with the likes of Tim
Sebastian and Imran Khan to help us promote the shows, so
I am confident we can do something very positive here.”
Dr Daoud says that he is also in talks with a number of other
leading celebrities with a view to their participation in
the Afrian initiatives. He hopes the initiatives will raise
at least $10 million within a few months, and a full line
up of participants will be announced later this year.
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Tomo Offers CircleScan 3-D Patent at Auction
Tomo, a leading independent merchant banc focusing on intellectual
property assets, hosted the world's first, live multi-lot
technology patent auction at The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco
on April 6, 2006. Prior to auction day, they had announced
the inclusion of Patent Lot 28A that pertains to 3-D Broadcast
and Film Technologies. Originally developed by inventor Eddie
Paul of EP Industries in El Segundo, CA, the patented technology,
commercially known as CircleScan, was owned by BLS Technologies
at the beginning of the auction.
The technology makes 3-D television entertainment
a technical and economic reality. Unlike traditional 3-D technologies
requiring specialized cameras to record stereoscopic images,
CircleScan easily attaches to any existing equipment. But
what really sets CircleScan apart from all other 3-D systems
is that it can be delivered with virtually zero-cost of deployment
across the entire media landscape: theaters, broadcast, DVDs,
Internet and even iPods and cell phones.
Circlescan process uses a patented camera attachment consisting
of several mirrors at 45 degree angles. Inventor Eddie
Paul said, "Instead of looking at a TV screen, you're
looking with a window."
"CircleScan puts an end to the 50-year
3-D stalemate," said BLS Technologies founder Ian Bruce.
"Despite the renewed public craving for 3-D, and prominent
Hollywood directors promoting more 3-D content, the substantial
production and delivery infrastructure investment has created
a deadlock between exhibitors and content producers ever since
the debut of 3-D movies back in the 1950s." Bruce believes
that CircleScan's most revolutionary advantage, and one that
is vitally important for TV broadcast and digital content,
is the fact that CircleScan embedded content looks completely
normal to the naked eye.
Only when you view a program through inexpensive
glasses is the three-dimensional imagery revealed. No other
display independent 3-D technology has been able to provide
both 2-D and 3-D in a single format. "BLS is selling
the technology because entertainment really isn't our line
of work," says Bruce. "We were just lucky enough
to have this gem in our patent portfolio."
BLS has asked Hollywood visual effects expert
Chuck Comisky to assist buyers in implementing CircleScan
technology. Chuck was Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor
for James Cameron's Ghosts of the Abyss, and is currently
working with Cameron on his future 3-D film projects including
Battle Angel and Project 880. "When
reviewing 3-D systems for television and film, Chuck chose
CircleScan over nearly a dozen competing systems for its visual
quality and sheer simplicity of implementation," says
The landmark Spring 2006 technology patent auction,
the first-ever of its kind in the world, produced strong results
for buyers and sellers alike with further transactions anticipated
to close in the coming weeks. Twenty six of the 78 patent
lots available for auction were sold on the floor for $3,026,000
including the buyer’s premium, a success rate of 33%.
Nearly 400 people attended the sold out event.
Bidding on 52 of the lots on Thursday did not meet the seller’s
minimum reserve, but were offered in anticipated post-auction
private trading. A number of such lots reached terms off the
bidding floor with additional value of $5.6 million, bringing
event sales to more than $8.5 million.
“I was told by our auctioneer Charles Ross to expect
this two phase process for a first time event and he was right”,
states James E. Malackowski, Ocean Tomo’s President
and Chief Executive Officer. Ocean Tomo has been given post-auction
or Phase 2 indications of interest on an additional 22 lots.
“I anticipate that Phase 2 could last another one to
two weeks”, explained Andrew Ramer, Director of the
Auction. After all post event transactions are complete, Ocean
Tomo plans to release specific sale information by Lot to
the extent permitted by buyers and sellers.
For more information on Lot 28A or The Ocean
Tomo Spring 2006 Live Patent Auction, please call (312) 377-4851
or e-mail email@example.com.
File histories on disk and a feature guide sheet to the portfolio's
claims were available upon request prior to the auction.
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Here are a few 3-D auction results from the past month.
A collection of 400 Keystone world stereoviews
and a viewer in an original 19.5" tall Keystone
View Co. oak cabinet sold for $550 with 10 bids. The
cabinet is circa 1900.
A set of Underwood & Underwood 1904
St. Louis Exposition World's Fair stereocards sold for
$965.55 with 25 bids. The cards are photographic views
A complete Keystone Tour of the World
Stereoview Library sold for $909.99 with 15 bids.
A 27" x 40" lenticular 3-D
movie theatre poster made for Universal to promote
Steven Spielberg's Lost World: Jurassic Park sold
for $375 with 11 bids. There were a limited number
(2,000) of these produced. This is a heavy plastic
2-image poster with one being the Lost World
logo "Something has survived " and the Jurassic
A 27" x 40"
lenticular 3-D movie theatre poster made to promote
Peter Jackson's The Frighteners sold for $400
with five bids. At one angle it's a white poster with
only the words The Frighteners. As you walk
past it an evil face looks as if it's coming out of
the poster at you with swirling letters that form the
words "Dead Yet?" at the top of it.
A 46" x 31" lenticular 3-D movie theatre
poster made to promote The Matrix Reloaded
sold for $434.82 with 17 bids. The poster was issued
in 2003 for the second film in The Matrix trilogy.
A stereoview of the soda fountain in the Hotel Nantasket
in Nantasket, MA sold for $461 with 10 bids.
A stereoview titled Ox team with 10,00 feet of
lumber, Cal. by Marysville, California photographer
J. J. Reilly, showing an ox team pulling a load of
lumber down the main street of a Sierra Nevada town
sold for $338 with nine bids.
A set of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire stereoviews
in its original box and 1901 Underwood & Underwood
stereoviewer sold for $406 with 13 bids. The viewers
were color lithos, not actual photo views.numbered
1001 through 1060. Views 1017 and 1023 were missing.
A rare Paris Relief book by P. D'Espezel sold for $773
with 19 bids. The book in in French. Included are a
complete set of 100 stereoscopic images and the viewer.
The book is Copyright 1945 by Editions Chantecler. The
edition is only 500. There is also a map of Paris, the
instructions for the viewer and many color images. There
are five pockets in the book. Four hold 25 images each
and one holds the viewer.