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Learn How To Make Stereoscopic GIFs With Mr. GIF

No doubt you've come across stereoscopic GIFs on your browsing adventures—they're those twitchy GIFs that alternate between different perspectives. In the second of our videos with GIF masters Mr. GIF, one half of the duo, Mark Portillo, takes us through how to make stereoscopic GIFs using a 3D camera and Photoshop.

If you're wondering what type of camera to use the guys explain below, along with some other pointers:

1. We use different kinds of 3D cameras to do stereoscopic. But mainly the Nimslo, Nishika and the Digital Fuji FinePix W3. You can find them pretty easy on eBay. You can even tape two disposable cameras together and shoot stereoscopic that way. Just make sure the two lenses are the same distance as your two eyes as a good rule of thumb. 

2. If you're shooting with a 3D camera like the Nimslo, scanning the negatives might be an issue because places like CVS have auto scanners that are not used to how the cameras spits the images onto the film, so it comes out cropped incorrectly. Either you pay for a developing studio to scan manually which might cost about $20 per roll, or you can buy a scanner which we do.

3. To get the optimal 3D effect from your shots, have your subject at about 5 feet from the camera and have something interesting in the background (after 5 feet) and in the foreground (under 5 feet). This trifecta effect will destroy people's screens.

Check out the results of their stereoscopic GIFs from Nick Cave's "Heard NY":


 

And if you missed the first part of their turtorial, you can catch it below...

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