Movie enthusiasts lined up, 3D glasses in hand, to watch the extremely lifelike and stunning visual effects of the film “Avatar”. This marked a new era for entertainment and would signal a breakthrough season for 3D, which is geared towards becoming the next mainstream technology for the big screen as well as for home entertainment.
As more and more movie and television companies try to jump into the bandwagon and producing upcoming 3D content, equipment manufacturers are in a mad dash of coming up with 3D video cameras and similar gears that can produce high-quality 3D materials faster, more economical and less painstaking than ever before. 2010 would be a staging point for most manufacturers as new 3D-related products are set to be introduced into the market, catering to both professional production outfits and consumer-level users.
Making 3D Movies – The Old Way
In its most basic sense, creating standard 3D movies the old-fashioned way is to strap two ordinary camcorders, hoping that they get aligned precisely, and then using computer software to merge the output of each camera into a single movie with depth or 3D-effect. One camera is processed with a red overlay while the other is with blue. The images are layered on top of each other, creating a double-vision effect, and when the composite images are watched with a 3D viewer with red and blue glasses, the desired 3D-effect is achieved.
The Next Generation in 3D Video Cameras
With new and upcoming 3D video cameras, the need for having two separate camcorders is eliminated as the left and right optical lenses are integrated into one precise unit. The convergence point between these two cameras is easily adjusted that matches the natural 3D imagery that human eyes perceive. The amazing thing with these new 3D video cameras is that they can produce natural-looking 3D output and effects that can be watched without the need for 3D glasses if viewed from a certain angle.
Several manufacturers have already come up with available models and prototypes from standard definition 3D for mainstream consumer-level users, to high-end high definition 3D video cameras that can be used by major movie or television production outfits. Introductory prices are a bit high at present and the waiting list even at pre-ordering level is a bit long, more affordable models are expected to hit store shelves within 2010 and early 2011.
3D Video Cameras: Features and Other Things to Know
The main feature of the new fully integrated HD 3D video camera is the single compact housing that is not possible in previous conventional 3D cameras and systems. As explained earlier, 3D video is captured using two cameras filming the same object together while fixed side-by-side and horizontally together. This is possible with smaller optical lenses but when it comes to broadcast and high-quality levels which used larger lenses and bigger camera housings, putting them side-by-side is impossible and can be done only through the use of mirrors.
The integrated HD 3D video camera also make use of high-capacity SDHC/SD memory cards, which have higher reliability and faster production output processing, not to mention the higher and longer capacity for recording videos. The camera can also be fully integrated with computer systems through its inherent firmware and USB connection capabilities.
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