Stereogranimator: transform historical stereographs from NYPL archives into animated gifs and 3d images


28 Responses to “Stereogranimator: transform historical stereographs from NYPL archives into animated gifs and 3d images”

  1. Stefan Jones says:

    In this particular case, it looks like the poor tightrope walker is dealing with an earthquake. “Whoa-WHOA! Oh SHIT Shit shit . . .”

  2. xzzy says:

    Wouldn’t it result in a better illusion if they just scaled down the original so it’s easy to do the cross-eyed trick?

    I’d much prefer that to looking at a shimmering gif.

  3. theophrastvs says:

    “Stereogranimator a new project from NYPL Labs” sounds impressive indeed.  But isn’t it just taking two stereopticon images and making a two frame animated gif out of ‘em?  (sort’ve convolved in time instead of in visual field)

  4. Wow…that guy is really wobbling up there…huh?  Scary!

  5. M_Annetta says:

    On the site, you can also view the stereograms as anaglyphs, which is a bit handier than the animated GIF option if you have the glasses.  However, the website is designed with red buttons over the anaglyph, which are VERY painful to look at with red/cyan glasses, especially when you’re going through a huge portion of the collection.  It would be nice if they consider a change of color palette for the site, or at least for buttons that float on top of anaglyph images.

  6. pjcamp says:

    Saw it elsewhere. I hope NYPL is aware it is violating a patented technology — Visidep — invented by a couple of professors I had in graduate school. See e.g. here:

    and the March 1983 Popular Mechanics in Google books.

  7. charlesj says:

    Here’s a test of your hand-eye coordination:  spread the fingers of both hands slightly apart, hold one hand in front of each eye, and wave them up and down in alternation – if you get the frequency and phase just right, you should be able to recreate the stereo illusion.   For a second or two I thought I had it….

  8. jay kusnetz says:

    It’s kinda frustrating that we don’t have access to the higher rez images. Some of us have 3D monitors and TV’s, and the free software could convert the side-by-side for display. Even without a 3D monitor an inexpensive Loreo or wheatstone viewer would do a nice job.  They are also missing out on making an iPhone compatible site, which you can use the Hasbro My3D to view.

  9. terry childers says:

    guh, i’m feeling old and far too self-promote-y, jeez, i am starting to regret this but it’s my birthday, so why the hell not. i explored stereogram manipulation waaaay back in 2007 after i saw a horrible post on i am attaching my video for a horribly recorded version of hybrid moments by the misfits.

  10. Sooper8 says:

    That’s puke inducing for me

  11. Stahlbrand says:

    I loathe stutter 3D gifs.
    I would much rather cross my eyes.

  12. bjacques says:

    I’ve posted a lot of stereophotos on Flickr, but lately what I’ve done is post the best picture of the two. Otherwise, you can’t tell from the thumbnail what it’s a picture of. There’s always a flaw in the camera that makes one pic in the stereogram better than the other.

  13. mookontheboing says:

    you want headache? try (another disclosure… i made this!)

    • mookontheboing says:

      also… it’s a whole film clip shot in “wigglevision”. It’s been tested on the Harding Test, so epileptics should be fine, but keep it in mind. The technique works great for some shots, but may cause mouth foaming. 

  14. Look at the z-axis roll in the images. That’s not a great stereo pair.

  15. howaboutthisdangit says:

    Seeing all of those animated GIFs at once on the Stereogranimator website, I immediately thought of a quivering mass of Jello.

  16. I guess the name was already spoken for?

  17. lava says:

    I’ve made these with my architectural models before – cool effect
    Earthquake! Be prepared to buick!

  18. Robert Cruickshank says:

    What’s really interesting about wiggle-gifs is that if you close one eye, they suddenly get more 3D-your brain seems to know to stop looking for stereopsis cues, and to rely entirely on parallax.

  19. Forrest O. says:

    I made a Flash+JS project which adds one feature to wiggled 3D images: focusing. If you move the mouse over the image, it changes which point in the frames overlap, like focusing through the image.

    (This was coded 7 years ago, and I have learned plenty since then.)

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