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Toy Story 10th Anniversary View-Master® Collection

Toy Story 3-D collection.

View-Master® has released a special edition 10th Anniversary 3-D Toy Story collection featuring your favorite Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 friends in vivid View-Master® 3-D. The collection includes a custom-decorated View-Master® 3-D viewer, reel storage case, six View-Master 3-D reels featuring 42 favorite scenes from all three Toy Story movies.

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Behind the Scenes for A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas

A Very Harold and Kumar 3-D  Christmas logo art.A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas is the first 3-D film for the Stoner genre. Visual effects company Ingenuity Engine was called upon to create 3-D gags and over-the-top visuals.

The 125 visual effects called for Harold and Kumar to deal with a 100 percent CG flaming Christmas tree exploding out a window, 3-D egg throwing, Nativity scene gags, robot dance numbers and stumbling across New York City and running into Neil Patrick Harris at every turn

Harold & Kumar marked Ingenuity Engine’s first major studio feature, and its first 3-D project. Camera metadata was not recorded on set so a tool was developed to preview the stereo depth of visual effects shots using proxy geometry in The Foundry’s Nuke compositor. Artists could accurately match the depth in live-action plates reviewing the stereo imagery with NVIDIA’s 3-D Vision on their existing Quadro-equipped workstations. Final rendering was done with from Nuke to Autodesk 3ds Max animation software.

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Fujifilm Releases FinePix REAL 3-D V3 Digital Viewer

Fujifilm logo.Fujifilm continues to stay at the forefront of 3-D imaging technology with the introduction of the new FinePix REAL 3-D V3. FinePix REAL 3-D V3 sports some exciting new functionality that takes your viewing of 3-D still photos and movies to the next level.

Key improvements have been made to the screen, which is substantially brighter than its predecessor and now uses a lenticular system for glasses-free 3-D viewing, plus the V3 Viewer also supports High Definition 3-D still photos and movie playback as well as compatibility to other 3-D devices via HDMI input, a world’s first in a 3-D digital viewer.

The FinePix REAL 3-D V3 Viewer is the first from Fujifilm to use a lenticular system for viewing images. The “no-glasses required” system makes for crystal clear 3-D images, and don’t suffer from any on-screen flickering.

Images are viewed through a series of lenses aligned on a sheet at left and right angles. As a result, the left and right eyes view different images with the parallax difference between the two eyes creating the 3-D effect. With 2.88 million dots and LED backlighting, you will be able to see images with amazing sharpness and clarity.

Naturally, the V3 Viewer doesn’t only support 3-D still photos and movies, standard 2-D still photos and movies can also be viewed at a maximum resolution to 10,000 x 10,000 pixels. The full colour display offers an impressive 16.77 million colours to provide superb colour accuracy and has a wide viewing angle of up to 160° horizontally and 140° vertically.

With the range of 3-D products expanding, Fujifilm has become the first company to incorporate an HDMI input on a 3-D viewer, which extends its compatibility and versatility. 3-D images can be viewed by connecting HDMI-enabled 3-D devices including FinePix REAL 3-D W3 digital camera, Blu-ray disc players, video camcorders and gaming machines to the FinePix REAL 3-D V3 Digital Viewer.

Users capturing 3-D movies can view them in 720p High Definition on the FinePix REAL 3-D V3 Digital Viewer, a substantial improvement over the VGA-only offering from the V1 Viewer. What’s more, the V3 Viewer’s built-in stereo speakers offer high quality sound to enhance the movie viewing experience.

The FinePix REAL 3-D V3 Digital Viewer offers a range of viewing options to ensure the still photos and movies are seen at their very best. Its black frame emphasises the 3-D effect while the supplied stand can be adjusted in eight steps so you’re always assured of seeing the perfect 3-D image. In addition the V3 Viewer can be mounted on a pocket tripod and finely adjusted to display optimum 3-D images.

Additional built in features include a slideshow function, calendar, clock and timer displays, plus the compatibility to play WAV audio files in slideshow mode and support SD and SDHC memory cards. A remote control is also provided for hands-free operation.

Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D V3 Viewer key features

  • 7.2-inch 3D lenticular display for glasses-free viewing.
  • 2.88 million dots.
  • Wide viewing angle (160° horizontally, 140° vertically) in the 2D images played mode.
  • Can be playback the High Definition 3D still photo and movies via HDMI interface (High-speed type).
  • 720p HD movie compatible.
  • Built-in stereo speakers.
  • 512MB internal memory.
  • SD/SDHC card compatible.

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RealD and Samsung Agreement Ends

RealD 3-D glasses. Samsung Electronics pulled out of an agreement to make television panels featuring the RealD's 3-D technology.

Samsung's new management was not pursuing the agreement as the global economic climate dragged down consumer demand.

The announcement comes after Samsung, Sony and Panasonic said two months ago they are standardizing their 3-D TVs around active shutter glasses in conjunction with RealD's privately-owned rival XPAND. RealD uses a different passive 3-D display technology.

RealD, which licenses its technology to movie exhibitors, posted a quarterly profit that beat Wall Street expectations driven by successful Hollywood 3-D movie releases like Transformers, Harry Potter and Lion King 3-D.

The company continues to expect screen installations to rise by 35 to 40 percent for fiscal 2012. As of Sept. 23, the number of RealD-enabled screens worldwide doubled to 18,700 from a year ago.

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Underworld Awakening 3-D Trailer

Kate Beckensale stars as Selene in Underworld Awakening 3-D.

Here is the theatrical trailer for Underworld Awakening 3-D starring Kate Beckensale as vampiress Selene.

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A Titanic Undertaking

On Oct. 28, filmmaker James Cameron unveiled the first scenes from his new 3-D version of the mega-blockbuster hit Titanic, the second biggest box office hit in film history, ahead of its April 2012 release.

Cameron and producer Jon Landau showed 18 minutes of film in the huge screening room at Paramount Studios, the only major motion picture studio left in old Hollywood. “This a film many people have seen, obviously, sometimes multiple times, but there is a whole generation of people who haven’t seen it in theatres,” Cameron said. “I love the 3-D, I think it’s spectacular. If I had had 3-D cameras at the time, if there had been 3-D theatres at the time, I would certainly have shot the film in 3-D.”

Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as star-crossed lovers aboard the ill-fated passenger steamship that struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank in 1912, was first released in 1997.

The film earned more than $1.8 billion worldwide and 11 Oscars including Best Picture and a Best Director statuette for Cameron. It remained the highest-grossing film of all time until Cameron’s Avatar shattered the record with more than $2.8 billion in worldwide receipts.

“I do believe that there is an array of 10 or 20 movies, think of the best movies of all time, that should be converted in 3-D, but it has to be done right,” Cameron said. “I firmly believe that 3-D is an enhancement even for just normal, narrative scenes, not necessarily the action scenes,” he said. “That feeling you’re right there, actually with characters, enhances the emotional interaction between the audience and the film.”

He however admitted Titanic for him would only become a film in ‘2.99D’ as opposed to one originally filmed in 3-D. The 3-D version of Titanic will hit theatres in North America on April 6, 2012, four days before the 100th anniversary of the ship’s doomed maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

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The Theory of Stereoscopic Transmission Book is Now Online

Stereoscopic Transmission book cover art.The classic 1953 book The Theory of Stereoscopic Transmission by Raymond and Nigel Spottiswoode now available free online

The Theory of Stereoscopic Transmission and its application to the motion picture by Raymond and Nigel Spottiswoode with illustrations by Brian Borthwick, originally published in 1953 but out-of-print for many years, is now available in electronic format at www.stereoscopic.org/library.

This book is the latest addition to the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference Virtual Library, and joins several other pioneering but hard to obtain texts in the field of stereoscopic imaging. By converting classic publications into electronic editions, the SD&A aims to make these volumes easily accessible to stereoscopic researchers once again.

The Theory of Stereoscopic Transmission provides a theoretical analysis of the three-dimensional geometry of capture and presentation of stereoscopic images as typified by 3-D movies. Titles of chapters in the book include:

  • Stereoscopic Depth Range.
  • The Stereoscopic Window.
  • Stereoscopic Calculators.
  • Cameras with Variable Separation and Convergence.
  • Projection.
  • The Human Factor in Stereoscopic Transmission.
  • and much more.

An errata list is provided at the end of the book. Also included is an 8-page anaglyph 3-D insert Stereoscopic Diagrams by Brian Borthwick and Jack Coote which illustrates some of the concepts in the book in 3-D.

Author Raymond Spottiswoode produced several documentary short films during WWII, then such short 3-D subjects as The Black Swan. Joining with brother and co-author Nigel, they went on to spur the 3-D film boom in the early 1950s and established Stereo Techniques Ltd. to produce stereoscopic documentaries and build improved 3-D cameras. Illustrator Brian Borthwick animated several short films including the 1952 3-D film The Owl and the Pussycat.

James Spottiswoode, son of Raymond Spottiswoode, notes “It is very gratifying to me personally to have Raymond and Nigel's book republished. My father Raymond died in my early twenties and I became very close to Nigel during the last decade of his life. We shared a love of mathematics and engineering and collaborated on several projects. He died just when the first PC's were emerging and the Web was still ARPANET. I know that both brothers would have loved the idea that their book was having a second life as a virtual publication”.

Lenny Lipton, stereoscopic technologist and SPIE Fellow wrote: “It's wonderful that the Spottiswoode's book is being made available again. Empirically based, it proposes a theory that relates the geometry of stereoscopic camera and projection space and provides a coherent formalism that is elegant and rigorous. To touch on only one aspect of their work, the Spottiswoodes' predicted the reduced interaxial requirement that is at the heart of modern stereoscopic image capture or generation and provided recommendations for dealing with the challenge.”

The SD&A conference wish to express their appreciation to the authors and heirs for their permission to make this book available to the stereoscopic community.

About the SD&A Conference
The annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference is the world's premier conference for 3-D innovation. It is the largest and longest running technical conference dedicated to the discussion of technical stereoscopic imaging topics. Coming up to its 23rd year, the next conference will be held Monday thorugh Wednesday Jan. 23 through 25, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel, south San Francisco, California. At the upcoming conference almost 100 technical manuscripts will be presented covering a wide range of stereoscopic 3-D imaging topics. The SD&A conference is held as part of the annual Electronic Imaging Symposium organized by IS&T and SPIE.

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3-D Photography Class Starts Nov. 28 in Rockport, Maine

A two-week class in 3-D photography will begin Monday, Nov. 28 to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90, in Rockport, Maine.

Three-dimensional pictures have been around since the invention of the stereopticon. A range of technological developments, including the View-Master® and digital cameras and computers, now allows people to make 3-D pictures very inexpensively.

This class will show students how to make 3-D pictures using red-cyan 3-D anaglyphs, their own digital camera, a computer and free software. The images produced may be viewed on a computer screen, a TV set or printed on any color printer.

For more information and to register for the course, contact Five Town CSD Adult and Community Education at 207-236-7800, option 5, or at fivetowns.maineadulted.org.

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Auction Results

View-Master® PreView lenses counter display.

A View-Master® counter display sold for with bids. This commercial View-Master® package was designed to be used as a counter display in a prescription eyeglass store or department to advertise various eyeglass lenses to highlight their properties and characteristics.

Each of these five great reels feature different fabulous 3-D pictures (some hyper), comparing a scene without the lens, and then the "improved" version with the lens (such as polarized and tinted).

The display contains a View-Master® purple viewer with a red advance lever and five View-Master® commercial reels on a deluxe hard white color plastic display case that holds the reels and viewer.

 

Hyponar 3-D lens.

A Seton Rochwite Hyponar 3-D lens sold for $676.80 with five bids. This (Hyponar) is an extremely rare stereo lens, made to attach on Exakta SLR cameras and allowing you to take macro stereo pictures. This lens was designed by the inventor of the Stereo Realist camera, Seton Rochwite.

The Turn Ons CD and Viewmaster Personal Reel with hand numbered mailer box.

Two sets of The Turn-ons Love Ruined Us Numbered CD Box Set with View-Master® reels sold for $27.62 with five bids. Only 150 of these sets were produced. Taking into account the reels are Personal reel mounts, each set is individually collectible.

The Turn-ons are an alternative rock band formed in 1997 in Seattle, Washington. Current members are Travis DeVries, Corey Gutch, Will Hallauer and Erik Blood. The Turn-ons, have been performing in the Northwest, California and New York with bands like, Brian Jonestown Massacre, British Sea Power and Ulrich Schnauss, and tirelessly writing and recording new material over the past 11 years. They caught the eye of REM's Peter Buck who described the band in his column for Q magazine, as "...simply my favorite new Seattle band. If I said that their sound was a combination of the Velvets, T. Rex and Spiritualized with a dash of Yo La Tengo, it wouldn't do them justice."

The Turn-ons have released three full length albums, The Turn-ons, East, Parallels and the EP Love Ruined Us. Their songs have appeared on soundtracks, ASCAP and Uncut samplers, and they have been featured in SPIN magazine.

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