Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Element Technica Quasar 3-D camera rigs ready for production
Element Technica, whose Technica 3-D rigs precisely position a pair of cameras to achieve realistic stereoscopic digital video for broadcast and cinema, is now delivering the first new Quasar 3-D rigs.
The Quasar is designed to accommodate full-size digital cinema cameras like the Sony F23 and F35, RED ONE, Panavision Genesis as well as full-body and box-type digital broadcast cameras like the Sony F950 and 1500, Grass Valley LDK cameras and others. The Quasar is a platform for matching zoom or prime lenses to accommodate any shooting style or format.
Prior to introduction of the Technica 3-D rigs, 3-D production typically used heavy equipment requiring specialized tools and a dedicated crew. The Technica 3-D series overcomes these stumbling blocks by providing 3-D systems that are lighter in weight and less costly, bringing 3-D acquisition down to the simplicity of traditional 2-D production.
Technica 3-D rigs require only a set of Allen wrenches and a mirror gauge for complete camera/lens installation and precise alignment, which can be completed in less than 15 minutes as opposed to the hours required with other professional 3-D systems.
Technica 3-D systems will soon be available in three different sizes. The largest system, Quasar, and the midsized Pulsar mount box-style digital cinema cameras such as the Scarlet, Epic and the SI-2K. The ultra-small Neutron is designed for the tiny 2/3in or 1/3in imager cameras using C-mount lenses such as the SI-2K Mini and the Iconix. All three Technica 3-D systems can convert from parallel to beam-splitter configuration and back, depending on the application.