Saturday, May 22, 2010

3D Film Factory lowers entry price to pro stereoscopic video

3D Film Factory rig puts professional stereoscopic video within the budget of any professional video camera owner with a precision optically engineered, impurity-free, 50/50 beam-splitter glass set at 45 degrees for $2,495. Pioneered by professional 3D movie directors, a beam-spitter uses a half-silvered mirror to separate the left and right eye's images into 90 degree planes, allowing each camera location to be independently controlled without bumping into each other. By providing unlimited camera and alignment control, the BS Mini rig offers a viable alternative to high-priced 3D rigs costing ten times as much. Set up for the Red, Canon XH-G1 or Sony EX3 camcorders. Users said to have total control over convergence settings, inter-ocular (camera-to-camera) distances including full camera tilt and roll (XYZ axis) while maintaining perfect alignment. Weighing 19.8 lbs, the black anodized aluminum frame is designed to accommodate smaller professional camcorders as well as compact HD cameras, including Red's Scarlet, the Si-2K mini and the Canon DSLR 5D and 7D still cameras. Entire 3D rig attaches to professional tripod heads with an aluminum tripod adapter. According to the manufacturer: "The result is the World's most affordable, professional stereoscopic beam-splitter ever produced. The BS Mini Rig makes 3D shooting both simple and amazingly precise. When combined with one of our real-time 3D viewing systems, a dual camera sync and genlock, cinematographers can capture extraordinary 3D images for a fraction of the cost of all other systems." Additionally, the 3D Film Factory offers a complete line of other 3D camera set-ups, including the 3D-BS Indie & Pro Rigs (beam-splitter), intended for larger broadcast cameras and camcorders, as well as, several inexpensive side-by-side rigs - the SS Indie & SS Pro Rigs. The 3D-SS PRO RIG ($499) model is the lowest end model, designed for use with two Red One cameras or any two identical professional cameras with "genlock" for synchronization. Manually adjustable inter-axial (camera-to-camera) distances from 6” to 24” (15.2 to 61cm). Camera mounts glide smoothly into optimal position & lock firmly with manual convergence control. Extremely durable, lightweight aluminum construction is nearly indestructible, according to manufacturer. Minor modifications may be necessary when mounting to jib arms and cranes. Tripod base-plate accommodates both 1/4-20 & 3/8-16 screws and the whole rig weighs 9 lbs. with the camera mounts. Camera Rail Dimensions are 30”L x 1.5”H x 3”W (76.2 x 3.8 x 7.6 cm). Includes 2 pro camera mounts & all hardware.
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