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September 2006 Issue

Vol. 4, No. 9

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ReelTOOL software recommended for scanning and converting View-Master® Personal® images

ReelTOOL CDReelTOOL is simple to use software that allows you to easily convert your own View-Master® compatible reels into popular electronic stereo image file formats. The reels that you've made with your View-Master® Personal® Camera can now be digitally archived and shared with friends, family and other 3-D enthusiasts!

The ReelTool Web site has a free limited trial version of the software available for download on their Web site at www.reeltool.com/downloads.php. This amazing software also has a new lower $25 cost to get a registration code to make the program fully functional. You can also download a free copy of the ReelTOOL manual and another guide with information about scanning your reels.

How ReelTool works

Scan your reels: Use a compatible backlit scanner (a scanner that includes a transparency adapter capable of scanning a 4"x5" transparency) to scan your reel(s) in at 600 to 3600 dpi (depending on scanner capabilities). Save each scanned reel as a BMP, JPG, PNG or TIF file.

Use ReelTool: Select the scanned reel image (or folder containing multiple scanned reels) and ReelTool will automatically save out the individual stereo pairs from the reel(s) in any of the supported and chosen stereo image formats, file formats and destination image sizes.

ReelTool automatically locates the stereo image pairs on the reel without requiring the reel to be in a certain location, at a specific angle, etc. provided the reel is not damaged, the edges are not clipped from the image, and that the reel was scanned at a suitable dpi.

ReelTool flowReelTool Features:

  • Wizard Interface
  • Single Image or Batch Mode operation
  • Input file or folder selection (supports BMP, JPG, PNG, and TIF input images)
  • Output folder selection
  • Select from a range of output image frame sizes or an automatic option which chooses the best size the reel image will support.
  • Select any or all of the following stereo formats when processing:
    Anaglyph - Red/Cyan B&W (Work with Red/Blue glasses also)
    Anaglyph - Red/Cyan Color (Work with Red/Blue glasses also)
    Anaglyph - Red/Blue B&W
    Anaglyph - Red/Green B&W
    Cross-Eyed View
    Parallel View
    Column Interlaced
    Row Interlaced
    Individual Left and Right
  • Select any or all of the following output image formats when processing:
    BMP/BMS (BMS applicable to Cross-Eyed View only)
    JPG/JPS (JPS applicable to Cross-Eyed View only)
    PNG/PNS (PNS applicable to Cross-Eyed View only)
    TIF
  • ReelTool automatically detects the stereo image pairs and saves them in the selected formats.
  • Error log will report any errors encountered during processing.
  • Processing times will be reported upon job completion.

ReelTOOL makes it both fast and easy for you to digitally archive your View-Master® Personal® Reels. ReelTOOL is a fast and easy way to archive and share the stereo photos that you've taken using your View-Master® Personal® Camera. ReelTOOL can automatically extract the stereo image pairs from your scanned reel images (ReelTOOL does not perform scanning operations) and save them in any of several digital stereo image file formats. Doing this type of image extraction and conversion manually, without ReelTOOL, would be very time consuming and difficult.

A ReelTOOL CD-Rom is also from www.stereo3d.com.

The CD includes

  • Software version 1.0 with license.
  • Sample reel scans at 1200, 2400dpi interpolated and 2400dpi optical.
  • ReelTOOL image output examples.
  • Example images showing the documented method of modifying the reeltool anaglyph's into pop-up anaglyphs.
  • Installers ReelTOOL, .NET 1.1, and Adobe Acrobat.

PC Hardware minimum requirements:

  • CPU: Pentium 4 - 800MHz CPU or equivalent AMD processor.
  • MEMORY: 512MB RAM.
  • SCANNER: 600 dpi (optical resolution) flatbed scanner featuring a 4"x5" transparency adapter.

Operating System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP with .NET framework (v1.1) included on disk.

View-Master® is a registered trademark of Fisher Price. ReelTOOL is not affiliated with Fisher Price.

For ordering information, visit the ReelTOOL Web site at www.reeltool.com.

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New Star Trek 3-D Posters produced by Mello Smello

The folks at Mello Smello have released some of the most spectacular 3-D images featuring classic Star Trek ever produced. Mello Smello has licensed Star Trek to create 8’x10” posters and two 12”x18” limited edition posters.

The two limited edition posters feature the classic Starship Enterprise. These Enterprise images should thrill any Star Trek fan and are some of the most detailed images of the ship ever produced in 3-D. The other posters feature a group shot of the cast, a transporter pad image that "beams" Kirk, Spock and McCoy in and out of the transporter as you move past the image, and solo posters featuring Kirk and Spock.

Click on the thumbnails to see larger images.

Spock Kirk Vanguard Group shot Transporter Enterprise

The posters can be found at the following retailers:

Allposters.com (type Star Trek 3-D in the search bar)
Startrek.com
Star Trek: The Experience located inside the Las Vegas Hilton
Antiquities of California

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World 3-D Film Expo II is Sept. 8 through 17 in Hollywood

World 3-D Expo IIThe World 3-D Film Expo II is scheduled for Sept. 8 through 17, 2006, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

According to expo organizers, the new prints of the 3-D features and shorts have been coming in from the film labs and they look tremendous! Taza, Son of Cochise looks like it was shot yesterday; a stunning new print. Those Redheads From Seattle looks better than the original dye-transfer prints did in 1953! These 50 year old negatives are holding up remarkably well, allowing us to show them properly, in 3-D, for the first time in over 50 years.

 

The special guests list

  • Rhonda Fleming and the Bell Sisters will be coming to Those Redheads From Seattle on Friday, September 8. Leonard Maltin will conduct the Q&A.
  • Kathleen Hughes is confirmed for It Came From Outer Space on Saturday, September 9.
  • Stars Christina Hart and William Basil are confirmed for The Stewardesses on Saturday, September 9, as are crew members Allan Silliphant (producer/director/writer) and Chris Condon (producer/cinematographer).
  • Mamie Van Doren will be here for Hawaiian Nights (short subject playing with "Miss Sadie Thompson") on Sunday, September 10.
  • Kathleen Hughes will also be attending The Glass Web on Monday, September 11.
  • Earl Holliman is planning to attend Devil's Canyon on Monday, September 11.
  • For House of Wax on Tuesday, September 12, Paul Picerni will be there.
  • Biff Elliot, star of I, the Jury, will be attending on Wednesday, September 13.
  • Jim O'Keefe, son of director/actor Dennis O'Keefe, will be attending the screening of Diamond Wizard on Wednesday, September 13. Diamond Wizard never had a 3-D playdate anywhere in the world until now! Jim was an extra on the film, which was shot in England.
  • Julie Adams will be attending the 3-D repremiere of Wings of the Hawk on Thursday, September 14.
  • Of course, as mentioned previously, Slick Slavin will make his first public appearance in decades for Stardust in Your Eyes (short subject playing with Robot Monster) on Saturday, September 16.
  • Udo Kier, the star of Paul Morrissey's Frankenstein is confirmed for Saturday, September 16.
  • For Cease Fire on Sunday, September 17, something very special: Some of the actual soldiers who appeared in the film (and members of their families) will be attending.
  • Rhonda Fleming will also be attending the World 3-D Premier of Jivaro on Sunday, September 17.
  • Warren Stevens will be appearing for Gorilla at Large on Sunday, September 17.

Opening Night Gala (Party at 6 p.m., then the double bill of Those Redheads From Seattle and Taza, Son of Cochise): $50
Ticket Prices: Individual tickets: $14 except Rarities II, which is $16
Expo Passes (Tickets for all 39 shows, including opening night gala): $499
All who purchase a pass receive a free program book, a free T-shirt, and free pair of cardboard Polaroid glasses. A $594.00 value!

Individual tickets are not for sale for Those Redheads From Seattle and Taza, Son of Cochise. To see these two films, you must either purchase an Expo II Pass or a ticket to the opening night Gala. The festival can be reached at (661) 538-9259 or by Fax at (661) 793-6755.

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HumanEyes 3-D to Unveil PrintPro 2.0 at SGIA

HumanEyes logoAward-winning 3-D capture and creation software for design through print now offers the fastest conversion of any 2-D pictures to 3-D and a timeline feature for precise creative control of Animation Effects and Flips.

Already heralded as a pioneer of modern 3-D and lenticular technology, HumanEyes Technologies will soon launch PrintPro 2.0, a multi-faceted, easy-to-use 3-D creation and production application developed for designers, photographers, ad agencies, brand owners and printers; now based on next-generation technology. 2-D to 3-D Conversion and an interactive Timeline feature for precise creative control head the list of new features in PrintPro 2.0.

HumanEyes will demonstrate the technology in its booth # 974 at SGIA, being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from September 26-29, 2006.

“Designers, printers, and packagers gave us their wish list, and PrintPro 2.0 is the result,” says HumanEyes Technologies CEO, Duby Hodd. “SGIA attendees will be the first to see the software, made stronger and faster on a new technology platform. We’re confident they will be impressed by its abilities to revive the power of their existing 2-D collections as well as empower them to easily create spectacular, new 3-D imagery.”

Hodd says PrintPro 2.0 marks a substantial step forward in making 3-D and lenticular easy, quick and affordable.

New 2-D to 3-D Conversion
The fastest and easiest 2-D to 3-D conversion available in the industry is the chief feature addition in PrintPro 2.0. Previewed late last year, this highly anticipated component is now fully integrated within the product line.

Working with PrintPro 2.0, the user has complete control of the 2-D picture’s conversion to a 3-D image, without needing to understand or manage the underlying complexities. Intelligent tools carry-out the user’s wishes. Users will be able to perform the entire conversion within the HumanEyes application, no other image processing tools are needed. In contrast to other lenticular processes, there is no need for complex, time consuming tracing or layering. As part of HumanEyes business approach, the process is simple, intuitive and easy to master.

New Timeline Interactive Workflow
The Timeline allows users to precisely control the composition of their creation. The creative professional can get real time feedback, view progress and changes in each frame, and then choose the views they wish to have in their final output. This is a totally new concept that will allow creatives to go beyond the currently limited abilities of flip and animation effects, into a world of easily made, lively animations.

Renowned, Existing HumanEyes 3-D Features Improved in PrintPro 2.0
HumanEyes has employed the most sophisticated advancements in the renovation of its core technology. One of the most obvious changes is faster and more robust graphic processing power. The new software design makes the new features possible, and improves existing features including project creation, animation, and flip tools.

Better Than Before 3-D Capture and Creation
HumanEyes’ unique 3-D Capture and Creation technology caught the attention of the imaging and graphic arts worlds when the company’s first software offering premiered in 2004. The product’s ease of use and requirement of only a standard digital camera and ordinary print devices was surpassed only by its ability to generate extraordinary 3-D imagery. HumanEyes 3-D was in fact a winner of the prestigious PIA/GATF InterTech Award, which honors excellence in innovative technology for the graphic communications industry.

Since then, HumanEyes has been employed worldwide to capture and hold the attention of consumers. The software has been used for brands such as Harry Potter, Vanity Fair, Coca Cola, Citroen, Corona and many others.

All HumanEyes software now includes stronger, highly competitive 2-D effect functionality.

Advanced Animation
Create a dynamic story easily with PrintPro 2.0. Users simply go to the Timeline, pick the object to Animate, pick a start and end point and presto, it’s done.

Advanced Flip
To create a Flip using PrintPro 2.0, users just add the images to Flip and use the Timeline to either automatically or manually distribute them across the number of frames selected. Users can easily change or customize further by clicking on the Timeline and moving the frames.

Better Combinations
As before, but now faster and easier, HumanEyes technology allows different effects to be combined so that a 3-D image, for instance, can be part of a complex Animation or Flip project.

Enhanced Output
PrintPro 2.0 continues to work with version PrintPro 1.3 to provide excellent output quality. The new version provides additional export features and CMYK support.

HumanEyes Technologies Ltd., with offices in Jerusalem and New York, has developed and patented simplified methods for creating stereo panoramic 3-D pictures. Using mathematical algorithms developed at the Hebrew University, the software overcomes optical limitations that have existed for over 90 years, to allow creation of a new standard in 3-D pictures. It has been determined that advertisements created using this technology result in dramatically increased impact on the viewer.

HumanEyes' Board of Directors includes Benny Landa, founder and former CEO of Indigo (now a division of Hewlett-Packard), Duby Hodd, HumanEyes’ CEO, Yoav Chelouche, former President and CEO of Scitex, Mimi Sela, CEO of Landa Ventures, Alon Dumanis of the Van-Leer Group and Gideon Ben-Zvi, former CEO and co-founder of HumanEyes, Ligature and Wizcom.

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Imageworks 3-D for stereoscopic production established by Sony Pictures' Imageworks

Sony Pictures Imageworks president Tim Sarnoff recently announced the appointment of Buzz Hays to the position of senior producer for thecompany's recently formalized Imageworks 3-D stereoscopic pipeline. This pipeline is dedicated to the creation of three-dimensional stereoscopic versions of standard release films for the IMAX 3-D and Real D platforms.

Hays' first projects are the 3-D stereoscopic adaptations for two of Columbia Pictures' films: Monster House for Real D theaters and the first CG feature from Sony Pictures Animation Open Season in IMAX -3D.

Before joining Imageworks, Hays worked for Radium, where he executive produced visual effects for numerous music videos and broadcast commercials worldwide. Prior to working at Radium, Hays was executive producer at yU+co, where he produced title sequences for films such as Catwoman, The Terminal and The Chronicles of Riddick. Earlier, Hays co-founded TriBeCa Interactive with Robert De Niro. In 1993, Hays co-produced the independent film, Swimming with Sharks.

Between 1987 and 1993, Hays served as director of engineering at Lucasfilm THX, where he was responsible for all research and development efforts, including the THX Sound System and Home THX. Hays also oversaw the design, construction and installation of more than 600 movie theaters and film dubbing stages worldwide.

Imageworks' prior work in the 3-D stereoscopic format include The Polar Express and 301 effects for Superman Returns.

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National Graphics wins patent for 3-D printing

National Graphics Inc. logoNational Graphics Inc. has been issued U.S. Patent for its revolutionary new lenticular printing process that enables printing presses to produce three-dimensional images.

The company received a patent for its Systematic Lenticular Lens Selection in a Digital Printing Environment. The lenticular process can be printed on products such as paper, containers, packages and labels.

National Graphics displayed its lenticular capabilities by printing the back cover of the 1,000th issue of Rolling Stone and in Detroit Magazine's special Super Bowl XL edition.

National Graphics and its lenticular innovations were featured earlier this year in Small Business Times Ventures special report on Blue Ocean companies.

National Graphics is offering to license the patent to interested digital printers, giving them the opportunity to provide digital lenticular printing to their clients.

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3-D movies are a Monster hit

Monster House artAustrailia will have more 3-D cinemas than anywhere else in the world outside North America and Korea when the animated adventure story Monster House opens in the country in September. The new format requires hi-tech digital projectors, and cinema patrons wear special glasses.

A visiting Kodak executive from Los Angeles, Bob Mayson, who is selling the concept worldwide, said Australian cinemas were visionary enough to take a risk on the technology. "They must be glad they did or they would not have come back for six more (installations)," he said.

Greater Union and Village Cinemas installed five 3-D screens for the January release of Chicken Little, and the six new screens will be in place by September 7 for Monster House.

U.S. studios are driving the change, because they are producing 3-D films with the wow factor to justify higher ticket prices.

By year's end Australia could have 20 3-D cinemas and two more 3-D films will have been released: a 3-D version of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Meet the Robinsons.

Delegates at the Australian International Movie Convention, at the Gold Coast, were told that within 10 to 15 years U.S. studio films could be available in digital format only.

The studios will save as much as $1billion a year via this transition but there is no guaranteed economic benefit for exhibitors because the general public will not see the difference.

While 3-D cinemas might be an answer because they provide a point of differentiation, they are costly: the price tag for digital projection is about $150,000 and 3-D capability doubles that.

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Philips 3-D TV that works

Philips logoA new line of 3-D televisions by Philips uses the familiar trick of sending slightly different images to the left and right eyes, mimicking our stereoscopic view of the real world. But where old-fashioned 3-D movies rely on the special glasses to block images meant for the other eye, Philips' WOWvx technology places tiny lenses over each of the millions of red, green and blue sub pixels that make up an LCD or plasma screen. The lenses cause each sub pixel to project light at one of nine angles fanning out in front of the display.

A processor in the TV generates nine slightly different views corresponding to the different angles. From almost any location, a viewer catches a different image in each eye.

Providing so many views is key to the dramatic results. Sharp Electronics makes an LCD display that projects just two views, requiring an audience to sit perfectly still in front of the screen. With the Philips technology, viewers can move around without losing much of the effect, one set of left/right views slips into another, with just a slight double-vision effect in the transitions.

The TV can also display standard two-dimensional images, close to HD quality.

The uncanny 3-D illusion stops people in their tracks, as it's meant to. Philips is initially selling the 42-inch screens. which debuted at the Society for Information Displays conference in June, to retailers who will create 3-D ads to grab the attention of passing shoppers.

Casinos are interesting in the screens, the mesmerizing effects may help patrons part with more of their money. Holland Casino just announced plans to install the screens throughout its locations in the Netherlands.

Finding content for home users is more of a challenge.

One nearly ready-made source of content is modern video games, which actually generate three-dimensional objects internally, then flatten the images into 2-D representations for standard monitors. Philips has developed hardware and software that can extract the original depth information from the game engine and use it to create 3-D images on a WOWvx display.

In New York, the company demonstrated the technique with the first-person shooter Call of Duty. It looked almost perfect, except for a little shimmering around the edges of objects, which Philips says will be fixed in the coming months.

The company also has plans for video. The ultimate hope is that studios will produce more 3-D content, like the recent 3-D version of Sony Pictures' Monster House that screened in 162 U.S. theaters. But Philips is developing software to convert standard video to 3-D by analyzing movement to determine the original depth position of people and objects.

A standard laptop running Philips' software was able to convert the DVD The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King into 3-D in real time and display it on Philips's new 20-inch "3D 4YOU" LCD monitor, a retail-kiosk implementation of the 3-D screen.

The result looked vaguely 3-D, though it was marred by some blurriness and double images.

"I think for consumers this is simply not good enough," said Philips executive Rob de Vogel. "But the progress in the past year is amazing." He expects the company to show a better version of the conversion software to the public in the coming months, possibly at the next Consumer Electronics Show in January 2007.

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It Came from Outer Space in 3-D shows in San Fransisco

It Came from Outer Space 11x14 lobby cardIt Came From Outer Space in glorious 3-D unspooled for three days of performances on July 27, 28 and 29 at the Red Vic Movie House in San Fransisco.

Based on a story by Ray Bradbury, It Came from Outer Space was the country's hottest film when it debuted in 1953.

A scientist and a schoolteacher witness the landing of aliens in the Arizona desert. John Putnam and Ellen watch a great fireball going down near a mine. Both are the only ones, who believe the "thing" not to be a meteor but an alien starship. The local sheriff and the townsfolk think our heroes have a screw loose until some mighty strange happenings change their minds. In the following days, people disappear and return, obviously being manipulated in a strange way. After a while, the sheriff becomes distrustful. He and his men enter the mine. But Putnam hopes to reach a peaceful solution and enters the starship.

This was the very first film to use the theme of aliens taking over the bodies of humans.

The film was made under several working titles including Atomic Monster, Strangers from Space and The Meteor.

The music for the film was composed by Henry Mancini, although he did not receive screen credit.

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3-D Auction Results

Here are a few 3-D auction results from the past month.

A Taxiphote stereo viewer.(1899-1920) sold for $1,705 with 12 bids. The whole mechanism is mounted on a brass base within the box, a design feature shared with Richards scientific recording instruments and ultimately derived from clock making. This lower cabinet has three shelves. Each self holds four trays with 25 slides for a total of 300 slides. Over 600 positives and negatives mixed were included in the sale. Some are from Sheeps Head Bay around New York, auto racing and air races (1910). New York harbor with war ships in background (1913), brown shirts in Brussels (1933) and much more.

Brewster Stereo Viewer

Mutoscope
Realist Custom

A decorated Brewster stereo viewer with decorated casket and stereocards is currently selling for $782.63 with 15 bids. This is an incredible hand painted ebonised wooden casket containing a matching decorated stereo viewer set in a dark blue, velvet lined middle chamber with two side sections each containing 14 Underwood & Underwood good quality stereo cards of Palestine. The soft padded interior of the lid is lined in blue silk. Style of decoration has a Persian or Eastern influence, popular in the mid to late Victorian period. Colors are red, blue, green and gold with highlights of the design in raised white or ivory enamel. Under the top hinged lid of the viewer is the original mirror which has some spotting of the mirror coating but it still works adequately in reflecting light on the cards. The etched rear screen is in good condition and is used for viewing transparent glass stereo slides. Size of the casket: 12 x 8 1/2 x 6 inches.

A 1920s Mutoscope penny operated stereo viewer sold for $525 with 20 bids. This is a 1920's stereo card viewer, similar to the many arcade machines made at that time. The coin-mech/winder is made by Advance Machine Company. It bears patent dates of 1916 and 1920. The light for seeing the cards is provided by glass windows on top and on two sides. There are four "shows" in the viewer. The Boat Race, Fun at a Wedding, Willie and His Sling Shot and Big Sister's Beau. As the titles suggest, they are comic. The viewer is 13.75 inches tall, 7.75 inches wide and 11.75 deep. The machine weighs 21 pounds.

 

A Realist Custom stereo camera with Vivitar flash sold for $710 with 25 bids. This Rare and highly desirable Realist 35mm Custom Stereo camera has the color corrected coated rare Earth German f/2.8 lenses. According to the seller, this camera is in perfect working condition and comes with modern flash attachment and high end Vivitar zoom Thyristor model 265 with auto exposure feature and filter attachment. The rangefinder is accurate with clear windows, shutter speeds T. B. 1-1/200" are accurate.

 

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