Sunday, 6 June 2010

Panasonic Full HD 3D Camcorder Gains CES Debut Twin Lens 3D HD Camcorder Scheduled for Fall Release

If you already own a Full HD camcorder but you re looking to
push your film making into the third dimension you ll doubtless have
significant interest in the newly unveiled Panasonic Full HD 3D
Camcorder which just gained its debut at CES " though, of course, you
ll need a fair bit of spare cash laying around (or an extremely
accommodating bank manager) to have the privilege of filming Full HD 3D
films (some $21 to be exact).
Panasonic s Official Press Release:
PANASONIC UNVEILS WORLD S FIRST INTEGRATED FULL HD 3D CAMCORDER AT CES 2010
Available In Fall 2010 – Solid-State Recording System Will Offer
Highly-Efficient Full HD 3D Video Production
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 6, 2010) " Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) will
release the world s first* professional, fully-integrated Full HD 3D
camcorder in Fall 2010. The company will begin taking orders in April.
ย Engineering samples of the professional Full HD 3D solid-state
camcorder will be exhibited at the Panasonic booth (Las Vegas Convention
Center, Main Hall, #9405) at the 2010 International CES in Las Vegas,
USA, from January 7-10.
This Full HD 3D camcorder will offer the following core benefits:
Easier to Use
Current 3D systems are large-scale setups in which two cameras are
fitted to a rig in parallel, or vertically intersect across a
half-mirror. Separate recorders are also required. In Panasonic s new
Full HD 3D camcorder, the lenses, camera head, and a dual Memory Card
recorder are integrated into a single, lightweight body.ย The camcorder
also incorporates stereoscopic adjustment controls making it easier to
use and operate.
The twin-lens system adopted in the camcorder s optical section allows
the convergence point** to be adjusted. Functions for automatically
correcting horizontal and vertical displacement are also provided.
ย Conventional 3D camera systems require these adjustments to be made by
means of a PC or an external video processor. This new camcorder,
however, will automatically recalibrate without any need for external
equipment, allowing immediate 3D image capture.
More Flexible
The solid-state memory file-based recording system offers greater
flexibility to produce Full HD 3D videos in more challenging shooting
environments. The camcorder is lighter weight and smaller than current
3D rigs, while providing the flexibility of handheld-style shooting.
Setup and transportation is simplified, making it ideal for sports,
documentary and filmmaking projects.
Solid-State Reliability and Workflow
Right and left Full HD video streams of the twin-lens 3D camcorder can
be recorded as files on SDHC/SD Memory Cards, ensuring higher
reliability than on other tape, optical disc, HDD or other
mechanical-based recording systems. This solid-state, no-moving-parts
design will help significantly reduce maintenance costs, and the 3D
camcorder will be better able to perform in extreme environments and be
more resistant to temperature extremes, shock, and vibration.
And users will enjoy a fast, highly-productive file-based workflow, with
instant, random access to recorded content; easy plug-in to both Mac and
PC-based platforms; and longer recording capacity.
More Affordable
Using a standardized, fully integrated design, the Full HD 3D camcorder
will be offered at a much lower price than traditional 3D rigs.
Transportation expenses for this handheld unit will be less and faster
setup times reduce labor costs. Using standard, re-recordable SDHC/SD
Memory Cards available already everywhere, media costs become almost
insignificant.
In addition to a camcorder, Panasonic also plans to offer a
professional-quality 3D Full HD LCD monitor for field use as well as a
professional HD digital AV mixer for live event production. Panasonic
will offer professional production equipment to allow video
professionals to efficiently create 3D content, so consumers can enjoy
3D video using Panasonic 3D home theater systems.
Major S
pecifications (tentative)Product Name: Twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder
(made-to-order)Suggested Retail Price for Main Unit: $21,000Available:
Fall 2010 (made to order)Power Consumption: Under 19 W (main unit
only)Weight: Under 3 kg (main unit only)Recording Media: SDHC/SD Memory Card
*ย ย ย ย As an integrated twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder capable of
recording Full HD 3D video to Memory Cards. As of January 2010 (based on
our investigation)
**ย ย ย The point at which the left and right-camera lenses optical
axes converge
Development Background
Movie companies and content producers are eager to produce more 3D
content. 3D video is set to become a mainstream motion picture
technology. In response to the resurgence of 3D movies, in September
2009, Panasonic proposed the world s first 3D home theater systems,
based around 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc players and Plasma TVs (announced
and exhibited at CEATEC 2008). In February 2009, the company established
the Advanced Authoring Center (within Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory) "
at which 3D movies are authored for replication on 3D Blu-ray Discs
(announced at CES 2009). Currently, producing 3D movies is a painstaking
process. Panasonic intends to promote the production of high-quality 3D
video content by accelerating the development of 3D video production
systems designed to boost production speed and efficiency.
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