3ality Digital overcomes “big rig” issues for stereoscopic 3D shooting

Steve Schklair presenting the TS-5 handheld 3D rig at IBC 2010

3ality Digital, a world leader in advanced technologies to empower creative digital stereoscopic 3D (S3D) acquisition, was adding the new TS-5 to its range of beam-splitter mirror rigs at IBC. This brings the renowned 3ality Digital precision and control to a much lighter and smaller form factor, allowing super fast set-ups through the use of lightweight tripods as well as shoulder mounts and Steadicam 3D shooting.

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3ality Digital beam-splitter rigs feature high precision, motor-driven adjustment of inter-axial distance and convergence under the command of its unique 3Flex production system. This achieves unrivalled control over the stereoscopic image, but in the past has meant the rigs themselves have been substantial constructions.

New TS-5 beam splitter rig has full interactive functionality in a lightweight, compact form

The new TS-5 rig features the same capabilities, but weighs just 10kg. This makes it practical to shoot stereo 3D handheld or with Steadicam, bringing a new dimension to the creative possibilities.

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As well as reducing the weight without compromising the functionality, 3ality Digital has also tackled the issue of tethering the cameras, ensuring that the rig can operate completely wirelessly. As well as carrying the two camera signals, the bi-directional wireless link provides the data path between the stereoscopic image processor (SIP) and the rig, ensuring that all the required fine adjustments can be made in real time, which ensures perfect alignment to meet the director’s needs.

“We work with all the leading 3D production companies, and talk to them continually about precisely what functionality they need,” said Steve Schklair, CEO of 3ality Digital. “The message came clearly to us that they wanted more flexibility for the camera, to be able to get quickly into position, and to be able to make Steadicam tracking shots. We recognised that reducing the bulk and weight was only part of the solution, and added complete wireless connectivity. The IBC launch is the result of a lot of work, and we are very proud to have the TS-5 on show.”

The new 3ality Digital production rig is sold as a complete system, with the wireless interface and batteries in a backpack worn by the camera operator.

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