View-Master®* Format Requirements
and Technical Information

FORMAT REQUIREMENTS

Custom production of View-Master® reels requires using a larger format 3-D image to be reduced to the View-Master® format. The View-Master® format is approximately square.


VIEW-MASTER
® FORMAT SAMPLE

(A mounted View-Master
® transparency measures 11.5mm wide and 10.5mm high.)
Remember to allow for top and bottom cropping when shooting with a "Realist" format camera. The Realist format is vertical.


REALIST FORMAT FILM STRIP SAMPLE

Cropping Sample
REALIST CROPPING SAMPLE/35mm CROPPING SAMPLE
When using Verascope or Belplasca, allow for cropping on the sides.
Twin 35mm stereo slides can also be used with various cropping options
.
(A "flat" or non 3-D 35mm slide can also be used however, it will not have any of the depth or dimension of 3-D slides.)

STEREO CAMERAS

STEREO REALIST f2.8
A rangerfinder type camera ideally suited for photographing movie and television assignments. Shutter must be cocked separately from film advance. Camera mechanism is very dependable. Format is vertical. Don't fill frame too tight, top and bottom.


VERASCOPE F40
An excellent camera to photograph scenics and scenic attractions. Accepts wide angle conversion lenses. Shutter cocks when film advanced. (Format similar to Belplasca)

KODAK STEREO
Used to photograph the Branson, Missouri View-Master® 3-D Tour. One of the most popular "Realist" format 3-D cameras. You might use an electronic tape measure or you will have to guess distance to set focus, otherwise, a very capable 3-D camera.

TDC STEREO COLORIST II
Another "Realist" format 3-D camera with easy to use built-in rangefinder. Contains a hot-shoe allowing use of today's electronic flash units without special adaptors.

LIGHTING AND COMPOSITION

As your originals are to be duplicated, you should strive for the least possible light and dark contrast in your pictures. However, this light and dark contrast does not apply to silhouetted areas intended for framing or composition purposes. Shoot scenes in bright sunlight, preferably with the sun shining directly on the scene. Avoid extreme side and back lighting. A good sun angle will show your shadow approximately the same length as the person. You can improve close-up exterior pictures of people with fill-in flash. The rules of good two-dimensional picture taking apply in stereo, too. Here are some thoughts to remember:


CENTER OF INTEREST
Keep your main subject in mind. Try not to place center of interest in dead center. Subject placement is important and can enhance the depth of your image.

PICTURE ELEMENTS
Use good framing techniques. Use contrast effectively such as light subject against a dark background. Repeat elements for strong composition and picture rhythm.

KEEP IT SIMPLE
Don't try to clutter the scene with too many ideas or interest points.

FOREGROUND
Use good foreground interest to lead the viewer into the scene. Remember, think "stereo" and enhance the 3-D effect by using good elements such as trees, roads, walls, tracks, fences, etc.

BACKGROUND
Avoid having things stick out of the subjects' heads. Avoid line mergers. Watch the background and keep the picture uncluttered.

SUBJECTS
View-Master® has final approval of all images which will be reproduced. Model releases must be obtained for any person appearing in any image.
Do not use copyrighted material on images unless you can obtain a release form to reproduce such material.

*The term View-Master® is a registered trademark of Fisher-Price, Inc.

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