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Defending Maldito, a Short Comedy Movie in Stereoscopic 3D

December 9th, 2011 · No Comments · 3D Movies & Videos

Defending Maldito is a short comedy movie in stereo 3D by Christian Blaze, who is also plays the main character. This short was shot as a test for an upcoming feature film (political drama) entitled Through the Eye of the Needle which will also be shot in 3D, and it has turned out quite good for a test. Defending Maldito was shot using two Kodak Zi8 cameras in Side by Side, then Sony Vegas was used to edit the video, and Nvidia’s 3D Vision for the playback, so you should get best results using 3D Vision for watching it on a 3D-capable computer monitor.

The story of the short movie: “Maldito is here to visit his lawyer… what he doesn’t know about the law ends up costing him, and his lawyer, a lot more than what they bargained for, 420.”

You can watch the embedded YouTube 3D video or download the clip from the link below, it is in Side by Side format with half horizontal resolution, so you will need to select 16:9 aspect ratio when opening it in the 3D Vision Video Player or the Stereoscopic Player. As usual feel free to share your opinion about the video if you watch it in 3D.

To download the short stereoscopic 3D movie Defending Maldito…

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Using VIO POV HD Action Cameras for Recording 3D Video

December 9th, 2011 · 7 Comments · Shooting in 3D

If you thought that you can use only the GoPro HERO or HERO 2 action cameras together with the GoPro 3D HERO system or maybe alternatively use the Drift HD Action Camera with MIO 3D for recording 3D video with a compact solution and in extreme conditions, then you should be aware that there are other alternatives as well. One such interesting alternative is the VIO POV HD action camera, a similar solution to the others already mentioned, but with slightly different approach and some extra features. The VIO POV HD camera uses a separate module containing the lens and the sensor (camera head) connected with a cable to the long main body of the device, it appears to be more rugged and also offers some interesting and more advanced features compared to the HERO and Drift HD cameras… but all that also comes with a higher price.

As with the other action cameras, using VIO POV HD also requires you to pair two of these cameras together and have them synchronized in order to get the two separate views required for the 3D video you are making. On the image above you can see roughly what are the sizes of the camera head of the VIO POV HD, so that you can get an idea how you can pair two of them in a stereoscopic 3D rig. The largest size is the front part of the camera head has a diameter of about 38 millimeters, so the minimum interaxial distance you can get by pairing two of these heads is going to be around 38 millimeters. It is up to you to make a custom mount that will hold the two camera heads together and maybe will also allow you to easily change the interaxial distance.

The VIO POV HD action cameras come with a wireless remote control that can be used to start/stop recording video on single as well as multiple cameras at the same time (works with more than two cameras as well). The thing you need to do is first make sure what is the channel number at which the remote control is set to operate at, there is a dial inside the remote that can be used to select from 10 available channels. Then you need to set the channel of the wireless remote inside the configuration of the two cameras that you are going to use for recording 3D video, you can find the option in the Settings menu of the device under Remote ID Channel. Make sure that both cameras are set to use the same channel and that the channel is the same that one of the wireless remotes is set to operate at, you can easily test if everything is properly working if both cameras start/stop recording at the same time. As usual with this type of synchronization of two cameras using a remote control to trigger them together you should expect some slight drift in the synchronization, but you should be able to fix that in post most of the time.

For more information about the VIO POV HD action cameras…

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Onuprova 3D Camera Helps You Record in 3D From Two Webcams

December 6th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Anaglyph Glasses

Onuprova 3D Camera is a free software that can help you easily use two web cameras in order to be able to take photos and record videos in stereo 3D, the application can output the resulting footage in anaglyph 3D format using multiple options. The five different anaglyph color schemes supported by the software are: red-cyan, red-green, red-blue, magenta-cyan and green-magenta. And if you don’t have two webcams (preferably the same model) you can also take two photos with a little offset in between with your mobile phone, digital camera or webcam and then import the two images in the software and get anaglyph 3D output. Onuprova 3D Camera is simple and easy to use and you should be able to quickly get the hang of using it, it could take you some more time in order to learn to place the two web cameras with the right distance in between or properly converged in order to give you the best results in 3D, especially if you are new to stereoscopic 3D shooting. Just have in mind that the closer the object you are shooting in 3D the less should be the distance between the two web cameras and the more distant it is the larger the distance should be. As a base you can start with the rule of 1/30, meaning that the distance between the lenses of the cameras should be 1/30 of the distance from the cameras to the object you are shooting in 3D, and this should work quite well as a base to start experimenting with.

Here you can download the latest version 2.3 of Onuprova 3D Camera…

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