Reborn 3-D DVD
Reborn 3-D is now available as a Region 1 U.S. playable
DVD from Dimensional 3-D Imaging. The 33-minute documentary
chronicles The Eden Project in Cornwall, England, to provide
an interesting look at one of the most unique places on Earth.
Filmed in 3-D using the Nu-View 3-D Optical system, Eden
Reborn was filmed as pure documentary, not for the 3-D
effects. However, the 3-D enhances the enjoyment of the unique
natural and futuristic manmade structures found within the
boundaries of The Eden Project. The interlaced field sequential
3-D DVD allows people who normally have problems viewing 3-D
to watch the program without discomfort.
The movie has been selling successfully in the United Kingdom
for sometime through the Media
3-D Web site. The original release of the DVD is playable
only in the United Kingdom, but a new Region 1 version has
now been produced. Dimensional 3-D Imaging provided 3-D Review
Online Magazine with a PAL UK TV System copy of the movie,
which played perfectly on our U.S. computer system. "We
can supply NTSC user countries with compatible copies accordingly,"
said Paul WIlletts Crowley, of Dimensional 3-D Imaging.
The film shows the extrordinary beauty of The Eden Project.
Eden is a gateway to the fascinating world of plants and people,
a vibrant reminder of how we need each other for our mutual
survival. Showcasing examples of good practice in the commercial,
scientific, environmental and educational fields. Its a living
laboratory for the latest research on plant issues that affect
all our futures. It is also a destination featuring stunning
architecture and a breathtaking living plant collection. The
dome-shaped greenhouse at The Eden Project is the largest
greenhouse in the world. It resembles the dome-shaped city
in the film Logan's Run. The documentary gives many
thrilling views of the inside and outside of the dome, including
indoor waterfalls, pristine streams and plants. From the project's
odor drawer, which allows visitors to smell different natural
plant aromas to its natural walkways abounding with tourists,
the documentary gives a true in-depth look at this very unique
project. Zena Crowley's documentary narration contains special
insights about The Eden Project that is informative and educational
As fans of the 1960s television series, The Prisoner,
we're really looking forward to seeing Dimensional 3-D Imaging's
next 3-D DVD documentary, Portmeiron - Village of The
Prisoner. That 3-D DVD is scheduled for release at the
end of 2006.
Dimensional 3-D Imaging presents Eden Reborn
(The Eden Project, Cornwall, England)
Filmed in 3-Dimension with the Nu-View 3-D Optical System
Filmed on location at Lands End and Bodelva Cornwall.
Cameraman: Paul Willetts Crowley
Special 3-D Titles: Stuart Edwards (Optimax 3-D)
Editing and Sound Design: Cascade Digital (UK)
Post Production 3-D Advisor and Narrator: Zena Crowley
DVD-R Video Disc: Cascade Studios
Case Sleeve and Disc Label Designed and Produced by Paul Willets
Running Time: 33 minutes. Color. Compatible with most PAL
DVD players worldwide.
Dimensional 3-D Imaging, 141, Saltwells Road, Netherton, Dudley,
DY2 OBN. United Kingdom. Telephone: 01384 635308 Mobile: 07713
Price: £15 + post and package of £1.50p (UK) Editor's
Note: Contact Dimensional
3-D Images for price in U.S. dollars.
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Shows Off Real 3-D Images in the Air
National institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
(AIST) invented the device displaying "real 3-D images"
consisting of dot arrays in space. Although 3-D displays might
have existed in the past, researchers say that most 3-D displays
reported are made up pseudo-3-D images on 2-D planes viewed
by using the human binocular disparity.
This is a real 3-D image, admittedly only spots of light
so far, floating in free space.
The images are formed from plasma formed at the focal point
of the lasers.
Most of the 3-D displays reported until now draw pseudo-3-D
images on 2-D planes by utilizing the human binocular disparity.
However, many problems occur, e.g., the limitation of the
visual field, and the physiological displeasure due to the
misidentification of virtual images.
Previous 3-D images have all relied on human binocular vision
to create the illusion of three dimensions. But there are
no 3-D goggles or red and green filters needed here. This
is the real thing. "The device we have developed uses
the plasma emission phenomenon near the focal point of focused
laser light. By controlling the position of the focal point
in the direction of the x-, y-, and z-axes, we have succeeded
in displaying real 3-D images constructed by dot arrays in
air (3-D space)," according to the AIST news release.
Background of the Research Work
Our living space is three-dimensional, and all the things
which exist therein are also three-dimensional objects. Of
course there is an abundant amount of information on 3-D images
on the Internet, but we hardly ever see "real 3-D images"
reproduced from this electronic information. This is because
we have no electronic devices enabling us to display real
In fact, some 3-D displays enabling us to deal with 3-D objects
have been reported, but most of them display pseudo-3-D objects
on 2-D devices by using the human binocular disparity, inducing
many problems which it is essential to rectify, e.g., the
limitation of the visual field, and the physiological displeasure
due to the misidentification of virtual images.
History of the Research Work
Keio University and Burton Inc. noticed a phenomenon that,
when laser beams are strongly focused, air plasma emission
can be induced only near the focal point. Thereby, they succeeded
in the experimental fabrication of a device displaying 2-D
images in the air, which are constructed from dot arrays produced
using a technique combining a laser light source and galvanometric
mirrors. To further form 3-D images in the air, the scanning
of the focal point in the depth direction along the laser
optical axis is essential. However, for such a purpose, the
quality of the laser and the technique for varying the position
of the focal point must be improved, and thus as yet there
are no 3-D display devices.
Details of the Research Work
The AIST, Keio University and Burton Inc., in cooperation,
have succeeded in a spatial display of "real 3-D images"
consisting of dot arrays using a device that is made by additionally
incorporating a linear motor system and a high-quality and
-brightness infrared pulse laser into the 2-D display device
The linear motor system enables the position of the laser
focal point to be varied by high-speed scanning of a lens
set on the motor orbit. Incorporation of this system makes
the image scanning in the direction of the z-axis possible.
For scanning in the x and y axis directions, conventional
galvanometric mirrors are used.
The laser light source used in this work is a high-quality
and high-brightness infrared pulsed laser (repetition frequency
of pulse: approximately 100 Hz), by which plasma production
can be more precisely controlled, enabling brighter and higher
contrast image drawing. In addition, the distance between
the device and drawing points can be greatly extended (several
The emission time of the laser pulse light is on the order
of a nano-second (10-9 sec). The device uses 1-pulse for each
dot to that the human eye can recognize plasma emission by
utilizing the after-image effect, and enables a 100 dot/sec
By synchronizing these pulses and controlling them with software,
the device can draw any 3-D objects in air.
Various pictures of 2-D and 3-D objects displayed using the
device are shown below.
Inevitably, the senior researcher on the project, at Japan's
Advanced Science and Technology institute, sees it as a way
of carrying advertising.
The rest are looking forward to football matches played out
on the living room floor.
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intelligent display solution, based on WOWvx technology, enables
exciting 3-D viewing experiences for high-impact out-of-home
an extra dimension to digital signage, Philips 3-D Solutions
introduces its 3-D intelligent display solution in the professional
market. Featuring high quality 3-D and 2-D modes, the intelligent
autostereoscopic display delivers full brightness and full
contrast with true color representation thanks to Philips'
WOWvx technology. Leveraging its patented multi-view Lenticular
technology in combination with advanced 3-D display signal
processing, the display provides an extraordinary 3-D viewing
experience that stands out compared to conventional displays.
The new 42" 42-3D6C01 Comfort-line, now on sale, is
designed for applications that require a 3-D experience with
maximum comfort. It allows multiple users to view 3-D content
at the same time within a large comfort zone, providing a
sustainable 3-D viewing experience without the need for special
viewing glasses. The display can be applied for a broad range
of applications, visualizing both 2-D and 3-D content with
high picture quality.
Philips 3-D intelligent display solution includes supports
from 3-D content creation up to true 3-D visualization. A
dedicated plug-in for 3dsMax* software is available that allows
existing and new content to be exported to the 2D-plus-depth
format. Using the 3DS Media Player, which can be integrated
in existing software solutions for Digital Signage, the content
can be played back. Next to the offline content creation,
3-D interactive applications, games, gambling, simulation,
etc., can be visualized in real-time, using the 3DS Wrapper
that can extract real-time depth information via OpenGL or
DirectX. Finally, a Display Control Tool is provided that
allows the end-user to modify the settings of the depth- and
visualization parameters to their preference.
The 42" Comfort-line display solution is the first WOWvx
based product that promises to help professionals create an
amazing viewing experience with the latest technology to make
content richer, more exciting, and more entertaining for the
end-user so that it's almost "real". WOWvx provides
the latest innovation in technology to attract the consumer's
attention and is well positioned for use in digital signage,
games, gambling, simulation, etc.
The 42" WOWvx 42-3D6C01 Comfort-line display system
is sold in the USA through Philips 3-D Solutions distribution
channel at a MSRP of USD $17,500 plus tax.
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Century 3-D's 3DVX3 Digital Stereoscopic Motion Picture Camera
Century 3-D announced the introduction of the 3DVX3, the latest
in their line of digital stereoscopic motion picture camera
systems. The 3DVX3 represents 21st Century 3-D's most significant
advance in stereoscopic camera technology to date. This newly
developed 3-D camera-recorder features numerous evolutionary
advances over previous 3DVX models, while maintaining the
compact form factor and self contained design that has been
a distinctive feature since the first generation.
Foregoing tape, a unique direct to disk recording system
captures RAW CCD data in 4:4:4 RGB color space at 10 bits
per channel, producing remarkably vivid 3-D images at up to
1280x720 per eye, 24fps progressive. This unique capture method
provides industry leading dynamic range and color fidelity,
more akin to motion picture film than digital video. The genlock
synchronized system features two entirely discreet image channels
simultaneously captured by 6 CCDs, two on board CPUs running
Mac OS X with over 2.8ghz of processing power, 2gb of RAM,
8gb of flash memory and a maximum record time of one hour
per eye on paired sets of 100gb removable 7200 RPM drives.
As in previous 3DVX cameras, the Panasonic AG-DVX100A serves
as the core of the camera section. The 3DVX3 bypasses resolution
and color limitations imposed by miniDV and takes full advantage
of the higher resolution and 36 bit color quality the CCDs
provide. Data is taken directly from the analog to digital
converters and sent over USB 2.0, providing 600% more information
than would be recorded to digital tape. An advanced demosaic
algorithm is employed to achieved 1280x720p resolution. Since
no color decimation or spatial compression is applied to any
of the color channels, the 3DVX3 greatly exceeds the image
quality of many HD and HDV systems.
built in recorder of the 3DVX3 is comprised of two extensively
modified Apple Mac Mini computers. The compact size and CPU
horsepower offered by the Mac Mini coupled with the power
of Mac OS X make the 3DVX3 a truly unique camcorder. Flash
memory modules replace hard drives in the Mac Minis for fast
booting and reduced operating temperature.
The all-new binocular electronic viewfinder utilizes high
quality optics and the latest LCOS technology to provide a
bright and crisp 800x600 (per eye) SVGA display under 10x
magnification. The uncompressed output can be monitored via
the BEVF or the built in left and right analog VGA ports.
Analog composite, S-video and digital IEEE1394 ports are also
available for standard definition monitoring or additional
output options. An external S-video multiplexer allows for
high quality field sequential output and even more flexibility
in terms of previewing 3-D images in real time.
Focus settings for both optical blocks are now controlled
via a synchronized optoelectric mechanism that adds mere ounces
to the system and allows precise control over left and right
eye focus with one convenient follow focus knob. This new
method reduces weight as compared to previous designs, improves
accuracy and eliminates the backlash associated with a geared
stereo focus system. Zoom functions are also now electronically
linked for improved ergonomics and accuracy as well as significant
weight reduction as compared with previous generations.
and right eye lens apertures are now synchronized by a dual
channel galvanometric system that ensures matched exposure
to both CCD arrays with just one user operated dial. The system
provides accurate and consistent brightness and contrast between
left and right images and makes “run ‘n gun”
3-D shooting a reality. Interaxial spacing has been significantly
reduced to 2.75” (69.85mm) for a more natural simulation
of human vision. An all new carbon fiber and aluminum matte
box with two stage filter holder allows a wide range of industry
standard 4”x5.6” filters to be employed.
Because of its advanced design, which integrates dual on
board Mac OS CPUs, dual high-speed hard drives, a high res
binocular LCOS electronic viewfinder, high data rate USB 2.0
interface and a 6CCD camera head, the 3DVX3 has unusually
high power requirements. To meet these demands, 21st Century
3-D turned to Anton/Bauer, the worldwide standard in custom
power systems. Their state of the art Dionic 160 offered the
best balance between power output and weight. Additionally,
Dionic 160 is one of the only batteries in the industry that
can power the 3DVX3 at all. This battery is constructed with
specialized lithium ion cells originally designed for high
rate military applications. Because of these low resistance
cells, Dionic 160 meets the power requirements of the 3DVX3
with a total output of up to 10 amps - a capability usually
reserved only for nickel based chemistries. Dionic 160 weighs
30% less than a HyTRON 120 but has 30% more capacity, allowing
the 3DVX3 to run for up to 2 hour of continuous operating
time. An AC power supply based on a modified Anton/Bauer Titan
70 has also been developed.
This advanced battery technology contributes in part to the
camera’s overall weight of just 24 pounds making the
3DVX3 the industry's smallest and lightest high definition
stereoscopic camcorder. The 3DVX3 can easily go places and
do things that competitive 3-D systems simply cannot. Car mounts,
steadicam and hand held operation are complex challenges with
other systems, but easy options with the 3DVX3. Other high
definition 3-D camera systems can weigh three times as much
as the 3DVX3 or more, and often require separate recording
hardware and large support crews. Furthermore, these systems
cannot match the dynamic range afforded by the uncompressed
10 bit image quality. The 3DVX3 allows for more setups per
day and requires smaller crews to operate. This translates
to more efficient production. Directors and cinematographers
can now concentrate on producing high quality 3-D content without
the cumbersome delays and exorbitant expense associated with
traditional 3-D shoots.
“This is the camera we set out to create two years
ago,” says 3DVX3 inventor Jason Goodman. “It's
an evolutionary design that builds on our previous work and
takes what we’ve done to the next level with 1280x720p
stereoscopic high definition and outstanding dynamic range.
At the same time, it’s an entirely new design in that
we’ve abandoned tape and created so many new components.
The uncompressed image quality and remarkable color fidelity
add so much subtle detail that really enhances stereoscopic
quality in a profound way. This is the next generation in
live action 3-D production.”
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& Associates Wins Award with Giant View-Master® Made
& Associates, one of Boston's most innovative architectural
and interior design firms founded by Weston resident Marc
Margulies, has received an award for structural integrity
at the 2005 CANSTRUCTION competition.
Working with the theme of "Boston: Yesterday, Today and
Tomorrow", Margulies chose to create a giant View-Master®
toy to bring to life the sights of Boston called "A View
to a CANstructive Future."
Margulies & Associates was one of two dozen local firms
that designed sculptures out of a combined total of 61,000
cans of food items as part of a national community service
project that is held in 40 cities across the country.
All of the food was donated to The Greater Boston Food Bank
when the exhibit left the Boston Public Library on Nov. 4.
"Our CANSTRUCTION team, led by architectural designer
Tim Baley, did a tremendous job coming up with the concept
of a View-Master® and designing the actual structure,"
said Margulies. "This is our first year participating
in the CANSTRUCTION competition and we are proud to be affiliated
with such a worthy cause as helping to feed local families
during the holiday season."
CANSTRUCTION is held in conjunction with Mayor Thomas Menino's
Can Share food drive, with all food from both events donated
to The Greater Boston Food Bank. Between the two initiatives,
it is expected that over 100,000 pounds of food will be donated
to The Food Bank, the equivalent of nearly 76,923 meals. The
retail value of this expected donation is approximately $75,000.
"We were flattered when Margulies & Associates contacted
us about designing a View-Master® out of cans," said
Russ Coddington, vice president of marketing for Fisher-Price.
"View-Master® has been entertaining and delighting
children for more than 65 years. What a fun way to showcase
such an icon of American pop culture, while at the same time
contributing to such a worthy cause."
Margulies & Associates donated 50 View-Master® viewers
with disks to the Children's Hospital on December 15. The
View-Master® viewers were a generous donation from Fisher-Price,
the manufacturer of the View-Master®.
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Stereoptics View-Master® Auctions March 28 and 30, 2006
of the best places to find View-Master® and other 3-D
items for sale is Jefferson Stereoptics regularly held View-Master®
and stereoview auctions conducted by John Saddy. The latest
collection of View-Master® goodies goes on the auction
block on Tuesday, March 28, 2006, featuring lots 1 through
340. The second part of the auction concludes on Thursday,
March 30, 2006, with lots 341 through 627.
Subscribers receive John's catalog several times a year.
Cost of the subscription pays for printing the catalog and
postage to mail it. Each issue of the printed catalog includes
photos of some of the most sought after 3-D items featured
in each sale.
Some of the items in the March auctions:
- A copy of one the "Holy Grails" of View-Master®
single reels collecting comes to auction with reel 1305,
President Kennedy's Visit to Ireland
- Rare prototype Tru-Vue milky, slate-green viewer. This
came from the Belgium View-Master® factory. It is not
usable because where there should be a slot at the bottom
is outlined in the plastic but there is no slot.
- The Wedding of Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly, Monaco,
- Mickey Mouse Club Circus Visits Disneyland (S3) Extemely
rare D-prefix set with Mickey Mouse's head in a circle in
the upper right
- and much more
The auction items are also listed and all lots are scanned
on John's Web site at www3.sympatico.ca/john.saddy.3-D/.
The Web site is easily navigated by topic. Each item is grouped
in areas of interest such as View-Master® packets USA
and Canada or View-Master® packets Television and
Movies 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.
You can contact John via an e-mail link on his Web site to
find out about subscribing to the catalog. Jefferson Stereoptics
is located in London Ontario, Canada.
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Here are a few 3-D auction results from the past month.
A View-Master® Stereo Camera owned
by the late actor Robert Stack sold for $449.44. Stack
was well known for his portrayal of Elliot Ness in TV's
The Untouchables as well as host of the series
Unsolved Mysteries. The camera is Serial #15645.
Made for Sawyers International, Portland, Oregon by
Stereo Craft Engineering Co. Lenses are matched View-Master®
Anastigmats F:3.5 25 mm coated. Accessories include
an original View-Master® flash w/3 original batteries,
a View-Master® 36-inch Close Up lens attachment
w/case and a total of six filters and four retaining
rings. Original camera case is in excellent condition
with no rips and tears.Camera manual was included in
A Hasselblad Stereo Box Magazine Camera
sold for $599.99 with 13 bids. The camera is c1900.
On the back, stamped in gold, are the words Hasselblads
Stereoscopkamera Svenska. This camera is not listed
in any camera reference book.
A Yashica FX-3 SUPER 2000 stereo SLR
camera sold for $2,123.17 with 21 bids. This camera
has undergone a professional conversion equipped with
a pair of Tokina 28mm-70mm, zoom lenses. The camera
is fitted with an LED exposure meter, which is read
in the left hand viewfinder. The right hand viewfinder
contains the bubble spirit level, to ensure correct
horizontal positioning. The lenses are fitted with
rubber lens hoods and metal lens covers. The shutter
speeds are 1-1/2000 sec, ISO 25-3200 and the film
advance is one and Three. The camera has two hot shoe
flash connections, either left or right, or both hotshoe’s
can be used.
A Utah stereoview sold for $609 with two bidders. The
stereoview showed a lumber milling operation, an exploring
survey party in camp and possibly Stereographer Charles
R. Savage's portable photographic darktent and crew.
From the series "Upper Mill, Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Charles R.Savage Photographer. Salt Lake City, Utah."
Extending across the entire background is the lumber
operation with the mill building and large piles of
cut lumber. Several men are standing in front of the
mill, observing the activity in the foreground. There
are six men and a variety of camping and cooking utensils
in the camp. The dark box at the left may be Savage's
darktent. The man at the center is holding up a large
rectangular item that appears to be a blank canvas for
a painting or a map. Another man carries a log. The
three men in the foreground are observing, with the
man at the left smoking a pipe. They may be members
of the party or Savage's assistants. A stereoview reproduced
on page 66 of the book The Savage View by Bradley
is described as "probably part of the geologic
survey headed into the Wasatch Mountains." Although
a different view from the one auctioned, that wagon
camp scene seems to have some of the same men. Circa
A stereoview from the Scenery of the Union Pacific Railroad
series titled Signs of the Mormon Mercantile Union sold
for $372 with eight bids. Photographed by Jackson Brothers
Omaha Nebraska. Amazing detail in this image, featuring
multiple "Bull’s Eye" Signs fo the Mormon
Old West. The time of day is clearly visible on the
clock of the Town Clock Store building.