Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Make a Stereoscopic VR object

Mouse over left, right or center to spin the robot.

When plain photography isn’t enough, sometimes I will resort to shooting stereo images, as was the case with my Douglas C. Newell Paperboy trophy. If you feel like really out-nerding yourself, you can apply the same camera-shifting stereo shooting technique to your VR object photography.

vr object tuntable

I made this simple turntable from some available particle board and a cheap lazy-susan bearing. I cut index marks into the side of one disk at 5 degree intervals, making every third cut a little wider so that I could easily identify the 15 degreee marks. 15 degrees of rotation between shots will yield a 24 frame sequence.

To create an anaglyphic VR object movie, shoot one one full rotation from your first camera position, then shift your camera 70mm and shoot another rotation.

stereo camera

Convert the resulting stereo image pairs into a series of anaglyphs. Making your own stereo anaglyphs (red/blue glasses images) is very simple:

1. Obtain your stereo pair (RGB)
2. Open both images in Photoshop
3. Copy the entire red channel from the left image
4. Paste that into the red channel of the right image
5. Repeat for each frame in the sequence.

Your anaglyph sequence can then be made into a VR object movie using Quicktime or some other method. I have always kind of wanted to try doing one in Flash, so I enlisted world-famous Flash-master Danny Mavromatis to write me a quick ActionScript to control the animation. Next I’d like to try a version for cross-eyed viewing.

Need Glasses? Order a sample-Pak from American Paper Optics

 3d glasses , or print your own frames from this pdf and make lenses from lighting gels.


4 Responses to “Make a Stereoscopic VR object”

  1. TT Says:

    Wow! When did Danny get promoted to “world-famous Flash-master”?

  2. Danny Mavromatis Says:

    Yeah, I think that should have read, “… so I enlisted world-famous Flash-master chump change Danny Mavromatis to write me a quick ActionScript to control the animation.”

    OH LODI!

  3. Michael Still Says:

    ImageMagick will automatically convert a pair of images into one of these stereo images if you ask it nicely.

  4. Ben Says:

    In the early nineties, a filmmaker produced a short demo reel in 3D Imax, where one of the (many) effects he used was to increase the intraocular spacing. If you take your shots with the lenses further apart than typical you’ll see a really odd thing happen. With the right context, you can screw with the viewer’s perception of scale in some really subtle and dramatic ways.

    It is easily possible to make the viewer think a shot’s of the world’s most detailed HO-scale train set!