Unique underwater images in 3D for motion picture productions and advertisements

With their new "DeepSee-X" system, CHROMA Media is the first worldwide to reveal the unique possibilities of underwater filming in Stereo 3D.

CHROMA Media Hamburg´s "DeepSee-X" underwater camera housing makes it possible, for the first time ever, to submerge a complete Stereo 3D camera system composed of various modules - to depths of 80 meters! The system is completely independent of the land; all of the equipment fits in one compact aluminium housing. "DeepSee-X" can also be operated with an underwater scooter. This paves the way for beautifully long and smooth underwater tracking shots.

The system, developed in cooperation with UK-Germany, consists of a P+S Technics mirror rig, as well as two SinaCAM cameras. The built-in camera equipment is interchangeable with various current models (up to a 2K resolution). A recorder, a monitor and batteries perfectly round out the system.This impressive new development was a result of the increasing quality demands in Stereo 3D productions for film and advertising. Whereas, in former underwater productions quality was limited due to the use of so-called Single Body Systems, the new "DeepSee-X" and its implemented mirror rig with adjustable stereo base and flexible camera systems, makes it possible to achieve perfect 3D production quality.


CHROMA Media explains the necessity of such a development in the fields of film, documentary and advertising productions:
"Working with previous systems with a fixed stereo base, we had to keep a distance of at least 2m from the object to get good shots in 3D. With the mirror rig, the stereo base can now be flexibly adjusted to the motive. Thus, the new unit provides brilliant spatial close-ups, which are of vital importance, especially in underwater productions. And all that in 2K resolution!"


The underwater system will have its premiere at the shooting of a documentary for Blue Note Productions, Düsseldorf, Germany. The film about an underwater cave system in Mexico was a huge challenge for man and machine. CHROMA Media will not only provide their newly developed innovative recording technology, but also cameramen, stereographers and workflow specialists. With their many years of experience in the field of 3D, they will support the production above and below the water.Depending on the requirements of the underwater production, the "DeepSee-X" system can be individually configured and booked together with the CHROMA team.

Technical data “DeepSee-X” system Body
Measurements (length, width, height): 66cm x 49cm x 45cm
Empty weight: 54kg, tared with equipment: 80kg
Diving depth: 80m
Landing control: Focus, aperture, stereo base, recording
Handle bars and ports for light units
Port for underwater scooter
Housing interior: completely laid out with black textile flocking


Modular assembly (system completely bolted, convertible according to technical innovations)
P+S MICRO RIG mobile base of 0-70mm
Interchangeable mini camera systems (e.g. SinaCAM, Indiecam, Cunima, HD1200)
Automatic accumulator switching

About CHROMA Media
CHROMA Media and its network stand for excellent expert know-how in the fields of film, television and advertising. The large portfolio of services includes image acquisition & full service, motion graphics, high-end compositing and visual effects.CHROMA Media´s main focus lies in the fields of HD and Stereo 3D. The headquarters at the “Schanzenhöfe” in Hamburg, Germany, has a digital 3D in-house cinema with 40 seats. Client approvals are carried out here, as well as colour corrections and depth grading for film, television and advertisements in 2D and 3D. CHROMA Media also puts ambitious projects into practice.With its divisions Lab and Venture, CHROMA Media explores new business segments and start-up businesses that unite classic moving images with games, web and mobile media.