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July 6, 2010

Sony Announces World's Smallest Single-Lens 3D camera — Two of Them, In Fact

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You knew it was only a matter of time before the Fuji W1 3D camera was joined by competing products. Sony will be bringing two single-lens compact 3D cameras to market this September. They are the Cyber-shot® models DSC-TX9 and DSC-WX5. The TX9 will have a MSRP of $400 and the WXS will be $300.

Sony says that these single lens cameras will capture 3D using a sweeping motion that brings to mind the classic single camera stereo method usually referred to a "cha cha." This is because you put your weight on one foot and then the other while taking the picture to obtain your stereo baseline separation.

Here's how they describe it in their press release (below). Note that they refer only to 3D panoramas, begging the question: Can the cameras take non-panoramic 3D images? And the wording 'simulated 3D' viewing on the camera's LCD accessed by "tilting the camera back and forth."

"Both models offer a 3D Sweep Panorama™ feature, which lets you take panoramic pictures in one press-and-sweep motion. The high-speed burst of frames is stitched together using innovative processing techniques to automatically create detail-packed 3D panoramas. These images can be enjoyed in 2D or stunning 3D on compatible 3D televisions (3D-compatible HDMI cables and 3D glasses are also required and are sold separately.)"

"The DSC-TX9, which has a 3.5-inch 921k resolution LCD touchscreen, and the DSC-WX5, which has a 2.8-inch LCD screen, also let you view images in a whole new way. Unlike 3D Sweep Panorama mode, which lets you view your 3D images on compatible 3D television systems, Sweep Multi Angle™ lets you view images moving in simulated 3D right on the cameras’ LCD screen by tilting the camera back and forth. This new shooting feature captures 15 images at different angles and then compiles them into one photo, creating a 3D-like effect on the display. "

Go here for the entire press release.

3D Catholic TV - via Broadband Online

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When I was informed of this I originally thought my leg was being pulled. But it appears that this is absolutely on the up-and-up: broadband Catholic TV programming in anaglyphic 3D. This is a must-see site for anyone interested in online 3D, regardless of your religious affiliation. Go here and check it out.

From their website:

"CatholicTV is a 24/7 television network that broadcasts local and national religious programming and live events for the Catholic church in America. Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media to reach Christians, the network features CatholicTV, their Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate online mass; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Bible, Jesus, who is God and the Catholic church on America's Catholic Television Network."

SAW 3D — World's Most Successful Horror Film Franchise will be Comin' at Ya! in 3D This October

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The various SAW films have earned $730 million dollars world wide earning them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Successful Horror Film Series. Personally, I don't think I have enough gore hound in me to really appreciate this sub-genre. But a whole lot of you are obviously embracing this torture porn aesthetic by voting with your ticket stubs.

These modern gore fests beat out such competitor series as Halloween, 10 movies with world wide gross of $363 million; Friday the 13, 12 movies, $465 million; Nightmare on Elm Street, 9 movies, $435 million; Texas Chain Saw Massacre, 6 movies, $198 million; and My Fair Lady, 1 movie, $72 million.

The SAW 3D poster above is available in a wobble-stereo format from Market Saw 3D here. Of this format, a sort of simulated 3D effect, this poster is the single most detailed and layered image I have seen. Extremely well done, kudos to the artist(s) that put this one together.

July 7, 2010

A Village Lost and Found

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An evening with Brian May and Elena Vidal
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Friday July 23, 6:00 pm

Brian May and Elena Vidal will bring to New York their narrated 3D slide presentation of A Village Lost and Found. Drawing from their exhaustive research into the work methods of Victorian stereographer T.R. Williams, Brian and Elena will share with us scenes from daily life in an Oxfordshire village in the 1850s. These are among the very first photographs to document everyday life in a natural setting. Some images are accompanied by recent stereographs made by Mr. May from the same viewpoint as the Williams originals. The images were digitally restored and are exquisitely reproduced in their book published in 2009 by Frances Lincoln.

A special presentation of this talk at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been made possible in cooperation with the New York Stereoscopic Society. A limited number of tickets to the event are available to Stereo Society members. Please email your reservation request to: info@NY3D.org

If you have not paid dues for 2010, you can Paypal $25 to dues@NY3D.org

Checks can also be mailed to:

New York Stereoscopic Society
P. O. Box 250567
New York, NY 10025

A PDF Membership form is available here.

Stay tuned for more great Stereo Society programs in conjunction with the Film Forum's Classic 3D Festival in August (download a PDF of the schedule here) and our 2010 members projection event in October.


July 30, 2010

A Village Lost and Found – A Success

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The July 23rd presentation by Brian May and Elena Vidal of A Village Lost and Found was one of the finest shows of stereoscopic imagery and historic research I've ever attended.

The same warm and friendly tone that is found in the book was very much in evidence from the stage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Brian May, accustomed to facing large audiences in his 'day job' (as guitarist and songwriter for Queen) brought his considerable intelligence and charm to bear in equal measure as he explained his lifelong fascination with stereoscopic imagery and his particular interest in the work of the early stereo photographer, T.R. Williams.

The book he produced with co-author and photography conservator Elena Vidal is a landmark for stereo-centric publications, even though it can be thoroughly enjoyed by a reader uninterested in 3D. All of T.R. Williams original images are presented as full page, 2D reproductions, with smaller, 3D stereo pairs on facing pages.

Check out the book here at Amazon and at the London Stereoscopic Company site.

Here are links to two articles that will give you more detail about the book and the subsequent book tour; from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Jesse Kornbluth's piece on HeadButler.com. There's also a London Stereocopic Company page that features coverage of the US book tour, here.

July 31, 2010

Classic 3-D at Film Forum

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Our friends at Film Forum have put together a revival of Hollywood's first 3-D Golden Age. From August 13-26, the repertory theater's silver screen will feature great 3-D films that first saw light in 1953-1954. Check the Film Forum website for a complete schedule, including classics such as Kiss Me Kate, Dial M for Murder, and House of Wax. This is a rare opportunity to see synchronized dual strip projection of the films in their full-color polarized glory.
Stay tuned for a special members event in connection with the August 14 showing of Gorilla at Large, one of the under-appreciated gems that will be screened during the festival.

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