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April 1, 2009

Firefox Add-on: Schillr Stereoscopic 3D Viewer 1.2


Michael Schiller has alerted us about another 3D application he's written that's an add-on to Mozilla's Firefox browser (one of the best, most versatile and configurable browsers on the Interwebs).

Oh, and they've just changed the name from Firefox Add-ons to Firefox Change-arounds because it would make too much sense to call them what they really are: namely, plug-ins.

Download it here.

Schillr 3D is a Firefox extension that gives you the ability to view any stereo image on the web in the format you can view best.

Just surf the web and every time you see a stereo image (parallel-view or cross-view) just right-click on the image to choose your preferred output format.

Please note: this extension does NOT convert 2D images into 3D.

April 2, 2009

Filming the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" in 1953


"One bright spot amid the deepening gloom was Universal's Creature from the Black Lagoon, today recognized as a monster classic. Its director was Jack Arnold, who had made Universal's first 3-D movie, a science fiction chiller called It Came From Outer Space. For the creature feature, the cameraman Charles ("Scotty") Wlbourne designed a lightweight, water-proof camera unit for the lengthy underwater sequences. Even though it was released in March 1954, after the 3-D boom had already begun its decline, Creature did so well that Universal made its sequel Revenge of the Creature in 3-D as well. It came out in May 1955 and was the very last film of the 3-D boom, though most theaters showed it flat. Nevertheless, Revenge did well enough to spawn another sequel, The Creature Walks Among Us, which was shot in 2-D."

—Tom Huntington, "The Gimmick that Ate Hollywood: When Hollywood Added a New Dimension to the Movies, Customers Gasped—and Then Yawned" American Heritage of Invention & Technology, Spring 2003, Vol. 18, No. 4

April 13, 2009

Light Magic: holograms and laser works by Rudie Berkhout, Opening Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Center for the Holographic Arts (Holocenter) is pleased to announce Light Magic,
a retrospective exhibition of laser and holographic works by Rudie Berkhout.

Light Magic: holograms and laser works by Rudie Berkhout

Opening: Saturday, April 18, from 4-7pm
April 18, 2009 – May 30, 2009
Saturdays from 12 – 5pm (and by appointment)

"My hope is to reach the subtler levels of perception, holding up mirrors for
thoughts, that reflect the magic that surrounds us."

- Rudie Berkhout, website

Center for the Holographic Arts
45-10 Court Square
Long Island City, NY 11101
email: info@holocenter.org
718-784 -5065

This exhibition is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.

April 23, 2009

"The Witness Protection Program" – 3D TV on Manhattan Public Access MNN tonight at 11:30 pm — 3D Submissions Invited


from NY Stereoscopic Society member Josh Klatt:

I'm producing a TV show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network in steroscopic 3D (red/cyan anaglyph). Today, Thursday, April 23 is the first LIVE episode in 3D and I hope you can check it out!

The Witness Protection Program: The Western Hemisphere's only stereoscopic 3D TV show! Airing every other Thursday on The Manhattan Neighborhood Network, only in Manhattan.

The show is free form — sometimes it's a live call-in show (like tonight) — other times, it's pre-recorded.

I accept submissions for the show. Anyone making 3D content is welcome to submit stuff. Video formatted for red/cyan anaglyph is preferable, but we can also throw still pictures in a slideshow and play that.

Anything submitted by Tuesday April 28, will be considered for the next show, airing May 7. On the May 7 show, there will be a short piece on a couple of unicycling sisters from New York City!

11:30pm EST on channel 67/69 (Time Warner cable), channel 82 (RCN) or channel 36 (Verizon).

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