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Stereoscopic 3D Rigs

Oct 27, 2010 12:00 PM, By Trevor Boyer


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At IBC, Band Pro's Munich office announced a deal to represent the Kernercam rig from Kerner 3D Technologies in the European market.

At IBC, Band Pro's Munich office announced a deal to represent the Kernercam rig from Kerner 3D Technologies in the European market.

Also at the show, Band Pro's Munich office announced a deal to represent the Kernercam rig from Kerner 3D Technologies in the European market. The rig comes in three sizes; the medium-sized Kernercam KC7000 was exhibited at IBC. As it allies with Kerner 3D, Band Pro Munich has also expanded (in an extremely limited way) into renting 3D gear. "Band Pro is only a sales house; we do not rent any equipment," explains Seth Emmons of Band Pro. "The only twist on this is that Band Pro Munich provides production engineering services, which include creating the entire camera and workflow package. Part of this service can include having Fred Meyers [formerly of ILM] on set to consult or oversee the equipment and engineering needs. In this capacity one could hire the Kernercam rig from Band Pro Munich as part of the Production Engineering package, but it would not generally apply to any other products that Band Pro typically sells."

At IBC, Band Pro Munich was also showing a Freestyle Rig from P+S Technik, showing Silicon Imaging SI-2K cameras in the SI-3D system, which includes a 1 Beyond Wrangler Mini recorder/monitor and Carl Zeiss DigiPrime lenses. "In contrast to the Kernercam rig," Emmons says, "the Freestyle with the SI-3D system allows for a smaller package and even the possibility of going handheld, or at least quickly changing camera positions." The recent Saw 3D employed SI-3D rigs.

Of course, one stereoscopic star of the IBC 2010 show obviates the need for a rig entirely. The dual-lens, integrated-body Panasonic AG-3DA1 was shown on the floor in Amsterdam, and Panasonic announced that by that point it had received 800 orders for the camera—only a small minority of which came from broadcast organizations.

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