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Another DIY 3D Beamsplitter Camera Rig Project for $100

April 30th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Shooting in 3D


Here is another DIY 3D beamsplitter camera rig project built by Jesse Blanchard, it is almost finished and the total cost of the project should be less than 100$. The rig is built mostly from wood and is intended for shooting with dual Canon T2i DSLR cameras using their wide angle 18mm zoom lens (taking into account the crop factor). What is left to be done for the rig is the IR split trigger, eye-brow, and the light blocking set-up, but so far it looks quite good and not very hard to build. So now we are waiting to see the final build and some demo 3D footage shot with it.

Meanwhile you can check out Jessie’s project Chompers 3D that will be shot using this rig

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jason Gilbert // May 1, 2011 at 08:17

    At CES 2011 we saw so many awesome 3D cameras it seems like the days of the beam splitter are numbered. Its too risky to reconfigure it for each shot. With the new cams you do it all in software.

    But If I had (2) DSLR’s sitting around I might try it.

  • 2 Misio // May 2, 2011 at 00:13

    How about the affordable 3d kits.
    I am big fan of those and they provide some really good results.

    You should read more about:
    http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/sdm/index.htm

    Here’s some examples on ready to use kits, here:
    http://www.digi-dat.de/produkte/index_eng.html

  • 3 gordy // May 5, 2011 at 00:49

    The days of the beamsplitter are not numbered. They will not be numbered until lenses and cameras are 1/4″ wide.

    Experimenting and playing around is fun and a good way to start learning 3D. But any professional will tell you that acquiring footage for a broadcaster and real 3D TV programming with a maximum of about 2% parallax requires a beamsplitter because parallel cams or fixed lenses are very limited in what you can acquire within those parameters. Parallel or fixed lens cams are good for sports, some wide shots, and limited supplemental shots.

  • 4 Bloody // May 5, 2011 at 13:52

    Her is a second video with the further development of the rig: http://vimeo.com/23287241

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