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The SD&A Virtual Library is an online repository of selected Stereoscopic Imaging publications. There are many pioneering books on the topic of stereoscopic imaging - however, many of these titles are often very difficult to obtain. By converting selected publications into electronic editions we hope to make some of these volumes easily accessible once again.
|| The latest title in the SD&A Virtual Library is "The Theory of Stereoscopic Transmission and its application to the motion picture" by Raymond and Nigel Spottiswoode - originally published in 1953.
"The Theory of Stereoscopic Transmission" provides a theoretical analysis of the three-dimensional geometry of capture and presentation of stereoscopic images as typified by 3D movies. Titles of chapters in the book include: Stereoscopic Depth Range, The Stereoscopic Window, Stereoscopic Calculators, Cameras with Variable Separation and Convergence, Projection, The Human Factor in Stereoscopic Transmission, and much more. An errata list is provided at the end of the book.
Also included is an 8 page anaglyph 3D insert "Stereoscopic Diagrams" by Brian Borthwick and Jack Coote which illustrates some of the concepts in the book in 3D.
Follow the link at the bottom of this page to download your free copy of "The Theory of Stereoscopic Transmission".
|| The very first title in the SD&A Virtual Library was "Foundations of the Stereoscopic Cinema" by Lenny Lipton - first published in 1982.
"Foundations of the Stereoscopic Cinema" provides a wide ranging analysis of many stereoscopic topics. The book's primary focus is the stereoscopic cinema, however the book's many background sections are equally relevant to the many different types of stereoscopic display devices available today. This book provides a wealth of information for both the novice and also those already active in the field of stereoscopic imaging. Also included with the download is a 5 page errata list. We thank Lenny Lipton for allowing us to include this book as part of the new SD&A Virtual Library.
Follow the link at the bottom of this page to download your free copy of "Foundations of the Stereoscopic Cinema".
|| The second title in the SD&A Virtual Library was "Three-Dimensional Photography - Principles of Stereoscopy" by Herbert C. McKay (b1895-d1970). "Three-Dimensional Photography" was first published in 1948 - this electronic edition is a copy of the 1953 edition (which was the second printing of the second edition).
The main topic of "Three-Dimensional Photography" is stereoscopic photographic technique. Titles of chapters include: Elementary Stereography, Stereoscopic Cameras, Stereographic Technique, Flash in Stereo, Color in Stereo, Pictorial Stereography, Applied Stereoscopy, Polarized Light Applied to Stereoscopy, Close-up Stereography, Trick Work and Hyperstereo. The book also provides a review of a wide range of stereoscopic film cameras, viewers and projectors available at the time. The book touches on a few areas of stereoscopic theory but intentionally does not go into too much detail in these areas. The book contains a glossary of stereoscopic terms and is amply illustrated.
Follow the link at the bottom of this page to download your free copy of "Three-Dimensional Photography".
|| The third title in the SD&A Virtual Library was "The World of 3-D Movies" by Eddie Sammons. "The World of 3-D Movies" was first published in 1992.
"The World of 3-D Movies" is primarily a filmography of 3-D movies however it also provides an extensive history of 3-D Movies. Titles of chapters in the book include: 3-D in the Beginning and Now, 3-D or Not 3-D, The Formats, The Movies - A Chronology, The Movies - The Filmography, Who Directed What, At Home With 3-D. An errata list is provided at the end of the book.
Follow the link at the bottom of this page to download your free copy of "The World of 3-D Movies".
It should be noted that the books listed above are historical documents - in some instances the solutions and information they provide may not represent current technology, techniques or thinking. The reader should refer to the conference proceedings of the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference for more up-to-date information.
Our plan is to add further free titles to the SD&A Virtual Library - but we need your help. If you or your company is willing to sponsor the scanning of an old stereoscopic imaging text into electronic format, please contact the SD&A conference committee.
For information on recent developments in Stereoscopic Imaging, don't forget the Proceedings of the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference. The conference proceedings for the years 1990 to 2000 are now available on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM collection also includes the proceedings of the Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality conference (1994-2000) and papers from 10 other topically related conferences from the period 1977-1989. Conference Proceedings for 2001 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference and later are available in print format. Further details are available on the Conference Proceedings Page.
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