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Masuji Suto's Free HTML5 3-D Movie Player Ver. 6 Released on June 26, 2020 - Update - HTML5 3-D Movie Player renamed HTML5 3-D Viewer Ver. 1 Released on July 5, 2020

Version 6 of Masuji Suto's HTML5-based 3-D video and still image viewer was released on June 26, 2020. In a quick update, Suto renamed it to HTML5 3-D Viewer Ver. 1 released on July 5, 2020.

The free program supports various 3-D display formats including SBS,Anaglyph,Interlace,etc. If you install it on your web server, you can distribute various 3-D videos and still images. The program works not only on a PC, but also Android and iOS browsers can view the videos and still images.

The version 1 HTML5 3-D Viewer is available to download online along with links to instructions in both English and Japanese and a sample page.

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Stereo World Magazine, May/June, 2020, Vol. 45, No. 6

Stereo World cover art.

The May/June 2020 issue of Stereo World magazine is now available.

Inside this issue:

3-DCon 2020
From Pluto to Arrokoth, How We Got the Most Distant Stereo Images Ever Acquired by Dr. Paul Schenk
Tanks on a Train by Ralph Reiley
A Find From the Past by Larry S. Moor
Home Theatre 3-D by Lew Warren
European Gems by Denis Pellerin
Vacation Stereos
The Unknowns by Russell Norton
Thank You! by John Bueche
NewViews
Editor’s View
50s Flavored Finds
Classifieds and more!

Join the National Stereoscopic Association and get six issues of Stereo World magazine with your annual membership.

To order individual printed back issues of Stereo World from the past three years only, write to:

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Back issues are $8 each postpaid in the U.S. and $10 each for international shipment.

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2020 National Stereoscopic Association Aug. 14-16 3-D-Con Goes Virtual Due to COVID-19

NSA 2020 Convention logo.
2020 convention logo cross-eye view by Rob Ellis

The National Stereoscopic Association's 3-D-Con convention will go virtual on Aug. 14 through 16, 2020. Organizers will announce the platforms they will be using soon. All the workshops and theatre shows will be recorded so you will be able to watch at your convenience, in your time zone. Some segments that require questions and responses will have a specific time.

Organizers are asking you to register so they can send you anaglyph and polarized glasses to view the workshops, theatre shows and the conference within a conference. In your registration packet you will also receive a beautiful Image3D reel created by members of the PSSCC, along with codes and information to attend the zoom and YouTube sessions. Organizers plan to have an awards ceremony also.

Get more details on the 3-D-Con website.

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Kickstarter Campaign: Help Restore the 1977 Martial-Arts Classic Dynasty in 3-D

Dynasty poster art.

Since October 2015, the 3-D Film Archive has successfully restored 20 vintage features for preservation and Blu-ray release. Generous backers have supported two previous Kickstarter campaigns presented with 3-D SPACE: September Storm and El Corazón y la Espada. The 3-D Film Archive is asking for your help to restore the 1977 martial arts 3-D classic Dynasty aka Qian dao wan li zhu aka Super Dragon.

This 3-D pop-out spectacular is directed by Mei-Chun Chang and stars Tao-Liang Tan, Ying Bai, Kang Chin and David Wei Tang. Ying Bai was given an award for Best Supporting Actor at the 1977 Golden Horse Film Festival, The original screenplay is by Kuo-Hsiung Liu and the stereo cinematography is by Jung-Shu Chen.

The goal for this restoration is to raise $10,000. These funds will enable The 3-D Film Archive to do 4K digital scans of the surviving 35mm materials. Once scanned, The 3-D Film Archive will doe a meticulous frame by frame digital clean-up of all dirt and damage, left/right shot-by-shot stereoscopic vertical alignment correction, flicker reduction, scene to scene color restoration, image stabilization and grading to assemble a fully restored digital 3-D master.

This new digital master will then be used for a Region 1 (A) 3-D Blu-ray release. This disc will not be a BD-R, it will be a commercial disc pressed and manufactured to current industry standards.

The distributor for this release will be announced before the end of the campaign on July 31. The goal is to have this release in Kickstarter supporters and the public's hands no later than December 2020.

This will be The 3-D Film Archive's first release in Compatible 3-D meaning you can view it on any system. The package will have both BD3D polarized and anaglyphic (red/cyan) 3-D versions. In other words, a dedicated 3-D Blu-ray player/display will not be required to view Dynasty in 3-D. The packaging will contain one pair of anaglyphic 3-D glasses with information on how to acquire additional glasses.

The film will also be playable in standard flat 2-D mode.

The audio channel will have the English dub track only, in the miracle of 4-channel magnetic Quadrophonic sound.

The campaign is very basic this time with only one reward level for a Compatible 3-D Blu-ray. However, you are more than welcome to pledge higher than $35 if you want to help reach the $10,0000 goal - and unlock some VERY exciting stretch goals - even sooner.

To make a pledge to help save and restore this exciting 3-D Martial Arts classic visit the Dynasty 3-D Kickstarter campaign webpage.

Editors Note: The Dynasta 3-D Kickstarter campaign met its goal in just 3 days. Bob Furmanek added some special incentives during the rest of the campaign. The first incentive is the restoration of the 1950s 3-D Comic The House of Terror. Featuring incredible multi-level, three-dimensional art by legendary artists Joe Kubert and Matt Baker, the creepy stories include "Picture of Evil," "The Violin of Death," "The Curse of Khar," and "The Devil's Chair." The restoration will not be an actual physical copy of the comic book. It will be included as a bonus image supplement on the 3-D Blu-ray.

The House of Terror cover art.

About Bob Furmanek, 3-D Film Archive
Bob Furmanek is an archivist, writer and award winning producer. He has played an important role in film preservation for nearly 40 years. Among his most significant discoveries: the lost color 35mm footage from the original Star Trek pilot, The Cage; complete 35mm nitrate elements on Frank Capra's Meet John Doe and the SuperCinecolor separation masters for Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd. Personal Archivist and friend of Jerry Lewis for 35 years, Bob is also the co-author of Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, the definitive book on the making of Bud and Lou's feature films. As founder and CEO of the 3-D Film Archive, his restoration team has saved and restored dozens of vintage stereoscopic elements. Since October 2015, the Archive has released 20 successful restorations on Blu-ray. Recently, his restoration team restored the original Perspecta Stereophonic Sound for This Island Earth and preserved the 1949 Abbott and Costello classic, Africa Screams.

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Saddy Stereoview Consignment Auctions Next 3-D Auction is July 23 and 24, 2020

One of the best places to find rare 3-D items for sale is the Saddy Stereoview Consignment Auction regularly held stereoview auctions conducted by John Saddy. The latest collection of goodies goes on the auction block on Wednesday, July 23 with lots 1 through 385 and Friday, July 24 with lots 386 through 765.

The auction items are listed and all lots are scanned on John's Web site at saddyauctions.com. The website is easily navigated by topic. Each item is grouped in areas of interest, such as Kilburn, CDVs, California, and so on. You will need to register on the site in order to place a bid online.

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.

After the sale, contact John if you are interested in any of the items that received no bids.

You can contact John via an email link on the Saddy Auctions Web site to find out about subscribing to the catalog. Jefferson Stereoptics is located in London Ontario, Canada.

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Egypt Glass Plate 3-D Vol. 1 E-book

Pyramids of Gizeh book sample.

Philip Brown, also known as 3D Phil, released an electronic Kindle book titled Egypt Glass Plate 3D Vol 1: 50 Digitally Restored Glass Plate 3D Stereoscopic images In the Stereoview Side by Side Card Format in Stunning Grade 1 Quality in January 2019. The online book features 50 original side by side stereoview cards painstakingly restored images of 1800s Egyptian scenes..

Each page is dedicated to each 3-D image and is complete with original description. The images are presented in high resolution 300 dpi for maximum quality. Brown decided to clean up these old photographs by hand using very high resolution scans and removing every sratch, dust and watermark, then he aligned the images and created a comfortable stereo window for perfect and comfortable viewing. "Some archivists don't like to do any restoration of old photographs from the 1800s," said Brown, "but in the case of stereoscopic 3-D photography, we have no choice but to fix all the problems described above in order that I can bring these incredible images from our past back to life in order that a modern day audience can view these wonderful 3-D images the way the original stereographer would of seen them when he photographed them."

If you purchase the E-book you can have a free PDF version for viewing on your PC or Mac by contacting the author with proof of purchase to 3dphilbrown@gmail.com you will then be sent a download link.

More more information please visit 3D Phil's website.

Biography
Philip Brown is a photographer, stereographer and stereoscopic supervisor and author,
Born in the UK in a small village in Lincolnshire called Saxilby in 1955 and has had a lifelong interest in photography, both 2-D and stereoscopic 3-D, He always felt he could bring something new to his 3-D work and now after being involved in the film and TV industry for nearly 30 years as a cameraman, director and editor, he feels he can bring his skills to 3-D digital restoration,

He is known as (3D Phil) and has been involved in stereoscopic photography and imagery since 1985. Originally making films for theme parks, then for several universities and then for the motion picture industry. He has made 3-D films featuring Norman Wisdom, a short 3-D film for the rock group Queen, and produced the animation Cosmic Cookery 3-D for Durham University. This was a about how galaxies are formed and was shown at the 2005 Royal Science Exhibition in London, winning 1st prize and also 1st prize at the VizNet visualisation awards.

3-D feature films include Elderado 3-Dstarring Daryl Hanna and Micheal Masdon. Back2Hella horror film, Taliona 3-D promo trailer and Spiders 3-D, a giant spider Hollywood movie, directed by Tibor Takács, this won the Best Native 3-D feature at The the L.A 3-D Film Festival 2013.

Phil was awarded "Best Program Based on Vintage Material" for his film Road to Petra at the 2019 National Stereoscopic Association's 3-D convention in the U.S.

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3-D Wishlist - 2001: A Space Odyssey

Hal watches the crew in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

We would like to see a 3-D version of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film is perfect to be made to be in 3-D. The spaceship sequences, running through the space wheel, and that psychadelic trip through time would be awesome in 3-D! What movies would you like to see converted to 3-D and released on 3-D Blu-ray?

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Auction Results

Sampson & Turrey Photographic Gallery Stereoview

Sampson and Turrey stereoview.

A San Antonio, Texas stereoview sold for $1,218.53 with seven bids. The view features the Sampson & Turrey Photographic Gallery.

1869 Medicine Man Asleep in His Lean-To Stereoview

Medicine Man Asleep stereoview.

A medicine man asleep stereoview sold for $1,136.11 with 11 bids. The view shows a Native-American sleeping in his lean-to teepee. The card was photographed around 1869 by Eadweard J. Muybridge. The publisher is Bradley and Rulofson, San Francisco, California.

July 4, 1864 San Fransisco Stereoview

July 4 1864 stereoview

A stereoview of the July 4 1864 parade of Montgomery Street, taken from Market, in San Fransisco, California sold $767.99 for with seven bids. The stereocard was produced by C.E. Watkins. Printing on the back recognizes C.E. Watkins receiving the 1868 Paris International Exposition First Prize Award and the only medal for California views from the Committee on Photographic Landscapes.

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