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3-D Printer used to make stereoscopic slide holder for Pentax slide duplicator

3-D printing is all the rage and now a 3-D printer has been used to make a stereoscopic slide holder for use in a Pentax Slide Duplicator. The slide holder has a small well to snugly hold a Realist format slide mount. Simply put the mount in the Pentax slide duplicator lens barrel and it automatically aligns the left slide level to the right slide. You can take separate stereo pairs of your Realist slides and then combine them in the computer using 3-D software.

Pentax Slide Duplicators were originally made to duplicate 35mm slides. The duplicator lens barrel fits on any Pentax camera ever made, including Pentax digital cameras. Makinon and other manufacturers also made similar slide duplicators in which the stereoscopic slide holder will work. These slide duplicators are available in the secondary market.

Front view of the stereoscopic slide holder for Pentax Slide Duplicator.

Rear view of the stereoscopic slide holder for Pentax Slide Duplicator.

Front view of the stereoscopic slide holder with a Realist slide inserted.

Rear view of the stereoscopic slide holder with a Realist slide inserted.

Stereoscopic slide holder in the left position in a Pentax Slide Duplicator.

Stereoscopic slide holder in the right position in a Pentax Slide Duplicator.

Stereoscopic slide holder in the left position in a Pentax Slide Duplicator.

Stereoscopic slide holder in the right position in a Pentax Slide Duplicator.

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We Are Aliens 3-D

Nowadays human civilization has spread across the face of the planet. More than 7 billions people are linked globally in terms of ecosystem, economical interaction, cultural activities and other aspects. Yet, many people still wonder if other civilization is out there in the universe. The possibility we are not alone is a thought so compelling it will surely drive us forward in our search for answers. One typical example is the SETI project, which can be traced back to as early as 1896.

We appreciate profoundly how life on Earth can exist through microbes to thrive, even under extreme conditions ranging from ocean floor flowing with super-heated water at 400°C rich in sulphur, up to cold, dry deserts of Antarctica, and four kilometers down deep within the Earth's crust. All these places appear utterly alien and hostile. What about alien life beyond our planet?

The new 3-D fulldome show We are Aliens 3-D, launched in January 2014, will illustrate how our understanding of life on Earth guides the hunt for alien life elsewhere in the universe. Our journey will explore the most likely havens of life, starting from neighbouring worlds such as Mars and Europa, and other planetary systems beyond the solar system. If intelligent beings exist on these exoplanets, will they be searching for we humans too? Perhaps one day we may finally connect with a vast network of intelligent civilizations scattered among the stars. They will be no longer aliens but neighbors in the universe.


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Mr. Peabody and Sherman 3-D set for March 7 release in theatres

DreamWorks Animation is reviving the tale of the genius dog known as Mr. Peabody and his adopted human son, Sherman, an animated staple from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show in the late ’50s and early ’60s. Mr. Peabody and Sherman will be released in 3-D on March 7.

Yep, a time traveling dog and his young boy use the Peabody invention WABAC (pronounced "way back" to visit the past for the ultimate history lesson.

Emmy winner Ty Burrell is vocal talent for the self-assured, bespectacled canine. Sherman is voiced by 10-year-old Max Charles. Sherman is sweet on a girl at school named Penny. Against the advice of Mr. Peabody, Sherman shows Penny the WABAC machine and are hurled into an adventure worthy of a Doctor Who episode.

The characters experience a jaunt on Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine to meeting Mona Lisa herself and eventually end up in ancient Egypt and where Penny refuses to leave that could distupt all of history. Mr. Peabody has to try and save the day.

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Virginia tourism offers View-Master® inspired Retro View online viewer with virtual reels

The classic View-Master® viewer has inspired Virginia tourism to use that iconic toy as a way to virtually create your own online "reels" to see 2-D photos using a virtual Retro View viewer. Visitors to the website can even upload their own photos to "reels" to a virtual retro View-Master® called the Retro View. The reels are cataloged and searchable along with the more than 200 existing reels on the website.

The site features 50 road trip ideas full of places such as retro diners, classic drive-ins, authentic small towns and quirky roadside wonders. The site has photos, video and itineraries to inspire a classic road trip. The itineraries include off-the-beaten-path spots, many of which can be done as a 48-hour getaway for Virginians.

Retro View home page art.
Choose from more than 200 "reels" on the home page.

Retro View create your own reel art.
Create your own "reel" by uploading your photos.

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Watch a slideshow of your "reel" online.

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10th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival Announces Winners

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The LA 3-D Club has announced the winners of The 10th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival. The festival’s mission is to showcase the best independent stereoscopic 3-D filmmaking from around the world. This year’s fest took place on Dec. 13 to 15, 2013, at the Downtown Independent theatre in Los Angeles.

Awards were presented at the Closing Night Ceremony on Sunday, Dec 15, by festival director and LA 3-D Club president Eric Kurland. Top films were selected by audience ballot. In addition, a special award, named for the late 3-D filmmaker and historian Ray Zone was also announced. Award winners were presented with the traditional Ro-Man trophy of the LA 3-D Club and an assortment of valuable prizes from festival sponsors.

The Grand Prizze Award winner was Flight of the Butterflies, the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find the secret winter hideaway of the monarch butterflies. The motion picture was directed, produced and co-written by Mike Slee and executive produced by Jonathan Barker of SK Films Inc., the Toronto-based, multi-platform entertainment content provider and leader in 3D film production and distribution, with an emphasis on the natural world. The film received the LA 3-D Club’s Gold Ro-Man award, Sony Vegas Pro 12 Suite from Sony Creative Software and StereoCAT software from Dashwood Cinema Solutions.

The Second Place Award went to the martial arts comedy The Hot Shaolin Cook, the story of a Chinese food delivery guy in Seoul, Korea, who has an adventure after witnessing a hit-and-run accident. The film was produced by South Korean stereoscopic production company 2i Digital. The film’s director, Khan Lee, was presented with the LA 3-D Club’s Silver Ro-Man award, Sony Vegas Pro 12 Suite from Sony Creative Software, and Stereo Toolbox software from Dashwood Cinema Solutions.

The Third Place Award was presented to A Lapse of Time, by director Céline Tricart and produced by Kafard Film of Paris, France. Shot in a series of still images inspired by Chris Marker’s La Jetée, the film tells the story of a boy who discovers the secret of the huge astronomically-tuned clock of the city's cathedral, and of time itself. In addition to the Ro-Man bronze award, Tricart also received Sony Vegas Pro Suite from Sony Creative Software and Stereo Toolbox software from Dashwood Cinema Solutions.

This year marked the inaugural presentation of the Ray Zone Award for Excellence in 3-DIY. Named for festival co-founder Ray “3-D” Zone, who passed away in 2012, the award celebrates what Zone described as “fiercely independent do-it-yourself 3-D filmmaking”. Animator/musician Jeff Boller was awarded the Ray Zone Award for his hand-drawn music video The Simple Carnival - A Geek Like Me. Boller received a copy of Ray Zone’s book 3-DIY, published by Focal Press, Sony Vegas Pro 12 Suite from Sony Creative Software and Stereo Toolbox LE software from Dashwood Cinema Solutions.

The LA 3-D Club was established in the Greater Los Angeles area in 1955 by a dedicated group of 3-D stereo photographers to further the art and science of stereoscopic imaging. For nearly six decades members have been meeting monthly to share 3-D content created through stereo photography, computer graphic imaging, and stereoscopic 3-D film and video. Throughout the year, the organization presents regular monthly 3-D screenings, presentations and events, culminating with the LA 3-D Movie Festival, held every December, and curated by LA 3-D Club president and festival director Eric Kurland, lead stereographer for the 2013 Oscar nominated animated short Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare.

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Civil War glass stereoview.

An 1860s Civil War glass stereoview sold for $976.60 with 13 bids. The superb 1860's American Civil War stereoview is labeled 2621 La Riviere du Potomac, Etats-unis Amerique. This rare, stereo glass diapositive is illustrated in the book The Civil War in Depth Volume ll by Bob Zeller. In the book, the author explains "This French-issue Anthony View shows not the Potomac River, but the Appomattox River and a hospital ship wharf at City Point, Virginia."

Hong Kong harbor stereoview.

A vintage Hong Kong harbor stereoview sold for $433 with four bids. The China stereoview is on an orange mount with the name Burger listed as the photographer.

Central Pacific railroad stereoview.

A Central Pacific Railroad locomotive stereoview sold for $460 with eight bids. The view by Anthony is No. 7109 titled Bound West Ogden Central Pacific Rail Road.

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