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Grass Valley Delivers Simplified 3D Control

LDK 8000 Elite WorldCam

With the rapid rise in interest in stereoscopic 3D television acquisition, many producers are using conventional 2D trucks with conventional HD cameras such as the Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite. To help engineers maintain precise color matching between stereo pairs of cameras, Grass Valley has developed a new software release for its OCP 400 camera control unit.

1080p and stereoscopic 3D productions

This allows the two cameras to be matched together, and then both cameras can be operated from a single control panel, behaving like a single camera with two outputs. For productions such as outdoor sporting events where the light level changes throughout the game, the ability to change iris and color temperature without creating a disparity between the two cameras in a stereo pair greatly simplifies the task of the video engineer.

β€œAt Grass Valley our goal has always been to listen to our customers and deliver the products they need, at the time they need them,” said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President of Grass Valley. β€œ1080p and stereoscopic 3D productions are where the minds of many of our customers are focused right now, and we have tools, deliverable today, which makes their lives easier, without massive re-equipping costs.”

Industry experts believe that 3D-capable viewing technologies will be included with every consumer HDTV sold within three years.

Pricing and Availability

The LDK 8000 Elite WorldCam with new fiber transmission system is already available at a price point of $135,000, including LDK 8000 Elite camera head; and the 3D OCP software will be available in April as standard.