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3-D DC-3 DVD
In July 2010, a large group of Douglas DC-3 / C-47 were reunited by the organization The Last Time at Rockfalls - Whiteside County (KSQI) airport in Illinois, on their way to the Oshkosh air show. No less than 26 DC-3 variants (and one DC-2) landed at that airport in preparation for what would be the largest formation flight of DC-3s since World War II. This was in honor of the 75th anniversary of the DC-3, and it is very doubtful so many flying DC-3s will gather at the same location ever again.
Aerial pic by Trev Morson / The DC3 Hangar / douglasdc3.com, with N-numbers added.
More than 15,000 visitors attended this unique historic event, and being a long-time DC-3 fan, and living in Illinois, I was one of them. I took 470 3-D pictures to remember that Sunday, July 25th, 2010, and put them on a DVD-R for others to see too. For me the DC-3 is the epitome of the "little engine that could", a smart and anonymous consolidation of thoughts and actions that quietly helped to build a nation (absolutely).
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All the pictures are digital stereoscopic 3-D, 10 Megapixels (3648x2736) per side, with a stereo base of 77 mm. The same 470 shots exist in 5 differents formats, each in their own folder:
2D folder = filename.jpg
Plain 2D pictures, for those who cannot or don't want to see in 3D....
sample #011 (reduced resolution; original is 3648 x 2736)
3D_anaglyphic folder = filename_RG.jpg (Red-Green)
Anaglyphic pictures designed to be viewed with those red (left) and green/cyan (right) glasses, if you saved them from the last time you went to midnite 3D movies. Size the picture as large as you can on your monitor, and images can even be zoomed and panned. One inconvenient of this format is the amount of "ghosting" when viewing high-contrast scenes. It is a very 1950 way of viewing 3-D, and this method won't work if you are color-blind.
sample #011, wear your Red/Cyan glasses
3D_crossview folder = filename_RL.jpg (Right-Left)
Side-by-side pictures designed to be free-viewed without any glasses, by somewhat unnaturally crossing the eyes. Make the picture as wide as you can on a monitor or a screen without chopping any side. Now, cross your eyes (try looking at the tip of your nose), and you'll see like 3 or 4 unpleasant fuzzy pictures overlapping one another; this is normal. Pick some recognizable fuzzy blob common to all and tilt your head left or right until all 4 are on a same horizontal line, then slowly uncross your eyes. At some point the multiple images will lock into one and the 3D perception will miraculously appear. Increase the eyes to monitor distance if unsuccessful at first. Fatigue or a glass of wine may help. The advantage of the cross-view is that the images can be wide and therefore detailed. Once your eyes are crossed and comfortable, you can switch painlessly to the next shot in your picture viewer without having to redo the rigmarole above.
sample #011, cross your eyes
3D_parallel folder = filename_LR.jpg (Left-Right)
Side-by-side pictures designed to be free-viewed without any glasses, with the same approach as above, but without crossing the eyes; try focusing at infinity instead. Since your eyes never diverge in normal life, the width of either image cannot exceed 2.25" (adult interocular distance), so you must shrink the viewing window to twice that width or less. Unless your screen has more than 1216 dots per inch, you are going to lose a lot of 3-D in the size reduction. With experience, though, you can learn to diverge your eyes. This is the format of the "stereo-cards" used in 19th century steroscopes.
sample #011, reduce the separation to 2.25"!
3D_MPO folder = filename.MPO (Multi Picture Object)
Original raw data files in Fuji MPO format, that can be directly viewed on some 3D TVs, and by other methods. All the images above were extracted from those MPOs with the powerful "StereoPhotoMaker" freeware by Suto & Sykes, downloadable from http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/stphmkr/index.html. Some pictures are larger than 5 MB. This is the most promising format, but as of July 2010, there are not many screens that can read it, and they cost $3000....
sample #011, need a 3D MPO reader
Contents of the DVD
The DVD contains pictures ranging from rivet lines glittering in the sun to in flight, on short final to runway 7, but instead of describing them all, here is a ZIP file of the 470 thumbnails.
I was planning to offer all this for free on this website, but in view of the many many hours of painful stereoscopic alignment needed, it is at cost:
DVD-R is $33.33 (cheap!)
plus Illinois tax for IL residents
plus some nominal US/abroad shipping cost
HOWEVER, it is not yet for sale, as I want to double-check that the files are viewable without headache on 3-D TVs, and I have not bought one yet!
There are still some issues with 3-D standards that need to be cleared before this happens.
You can contact me and I'll let you know when the DVD-R is available.
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