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Panasonic DMC-GH1 Custom Stereoscopic 3D Rig Collaboration Effort

August 31st, 2010 · 3 Comments · Shooting in 3D


There is a collaborative project currently going on with the idea to build a custom stereoscopic 3D rig using two Panasonic GH1 cameras, hacked to use the with the amazing custom GH13 firmware hack over at the dvxuser forum. The Panasonic DMC-GH1 is a 12.1-megapixel micro four thirds digital camera with intercangeable lenses that can not only make high-quality photos, but also be used for recording Full HD 1080/24p or HD 720/60p videos with continuous autofocus. And with the help of the custom GH13 firmware hack the full potential of the camera can be realized, so in the end these cameras seem to be a very good choice for capturing high-quality Full HD stereoscopic 3D videos. Of course the issue that needs to be worked around in all custom 3D rigs is the proper synchronization between the two cameras and that is one of the main things that should be considered when working with custom solutions that were not designed to work in pairs for stereo 3D shooting.

You can join the GH1 Custom Stereoscopic 3D Rig Collaboration Effort here…

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dave G. // Aug 31, 2010 at 20:41

    This is a great idea, although I’d add that shutter or genlock synch is only part of the issue these guys have to tackle. Focus and exposure synch is also critical. If they can pull it all off it’ll be the Holy Grail of stereo rigs, though.

    It really is too bad that no camera maker out there is making a product that has built-in capability to synch with another camera via the USB interface. It’d just take some firmware.

  • 2 Manuel Herrera // Sep 1, 2010 at 08:36

    This is actually awesome news, i’m a fan of the IZ3d software team.
    But they’re no hardware company, it’s gonna be interesting to see if this frees up more resources for them to make the software even better.

  • 3 bastien francois // Dec 18, 2010 at 01:18

    I have designed a similar rig based on a couple of hacked Panasonic GH13s mounted on a small beamsplitter, the results are very impressive compare to the size of the rig, which weight barely more than a professional camcorder, you can see the rig and the results here: 3dfilming.blogspot.com

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