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Sony Digital Recording Binoculars With Stereo 3D Recording

August 19th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Shooting in 3D

Sony has just announced two new interesting products in the form of digital recording binoculars capable of Full HD video recording, but what interest me more is the feature allowing you to also capture stereo 3D video with them. Of course binoculars are stereo 3D ready in terms of looking through them as they do have two viewfinders, using small digital displays at their end in the case of Sony’s DEV-3 and DEV-5. You can say that these new digital recording binoculars are a lot like a 3D camera, but with two viewfinders instead of having a 3D display, their features are actually not that different when compared to Sony’s HDR-T10 3D camcorder. But you should still have in mind that these digital binoculars have a different purpose and should not be considered as a possible replacement for a 3D camera/camcorder.

Both DEV-3 and DEV-5 digital binoculars are capable of recording in 2D mode with 1920×1080 resolution in 60p or 50p, 1920×1080 in 60i or 50i as well as 1440×1080 in 60i or 50i. In stereo 3D mode you will be getting 2x 1920×1080 resolution with 60i or 50i and you can also take still pictures (apparently 2D only) with resolution of up to 7.1 megapixels (effective, not interpolated). These digital binoculars use Dual Sony G Lens F1.8 – F3.4 and two 1/4 type (4.5mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensors and feature Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode. They are recording the photos and videos on Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2) / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo or SD/SDHC/SDXC flash cards only as they do not have built-in memory. You also get an mini HDMI output on the binoculars for previewing what you’ve recorded on a 3D HDTV. Unfortunately there is no information yet available regarding the interaxial distance for the DEV-3 and DEV-5 binoculars as this is something important for the recording of 3D video, especially considering the fact that you’d be most likely recording more distant objects like wildlife animals for example (unfortunately it doesn’t look as much from the photos).

So what is the difference between the DEV-3 and DEV-5, not much actually. The DEV-5 offers a few extra features, but not that much actually, you get a GPS, an extra x10 digital zoom mode for a total of x20 zoom in movie mode (x10 is the standard optical zoom you get), and double the optical zoom in photo mode to up to x15/x20 vs x7.5/x10 on the DEV-3 (x5.4 zoom is the maximum in 3D mode). And as a last difference you get a few more extra accessories, if you ask me definitely not enough to justify the $600 USD difference and there should be an even more expensive pro version of the DEV-5 called DEV-5K with the same specs, but that will also include a faster charging adapter and higher capacity battery. The new Sony DEV-3 and DEV-5 digital recordable binoculars are expected to be available in November 2011 with a price of about $1400 and $2000 USD, respectively in US and most likely the same numbers but in Euro for Europe.

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Stereoscopic 3D Workflow in Vegas Pro 10 Webinar

August 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Shooting in 3D

Sony Vegas Pro 10 is among the first more professionally oriented and affordable video editors to start offering stereoscopic 3D video support. Stereoscopic 3D support that is intuitive and easy to work with almost just like you would do with 2D video content, and this is what makes it especially easy to move to editing 3D video if you had some experience with the software working with 2D content before. But no matter if you are new to working with 3D video using Vegas Pro 10 from Sony, the “Stereoscopic 3D Workflow in Vegas Pro 10” free video webinar with Gary Rebholz is something that you might want to take a look at. You can either watch the video streaming online or download it in FLV format for having it handy on your computer for future reference while learning to work with 3D video in Vegas. The video covers the basics of the whole 3D workflow in Vegas Pro 10, so you will have a good understanding of how everything works and from there on you can go and experiment with the more advanced features. So do take a look at the video if you haven’t done so yet as it has been available for a while, as it might prove useful to you even if you are not a Vegas Pro 10 user…

To watch the Stereoscopic 3D Workflow in Vegas Pro 10 Webinar online…
To download the Stereoscopic 3D Workflow in Vegas Pro 10 Webinar video…

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Sony’s PlayStation 3D Monitor To Be Available on December 31st

August 8th, 2011 · 4 Comments · General 3D News

The 24-inch Sony PlayStation 3D Monitor (CECH-ZED1) was expected to be released sometime in the Autumn this year with a price of $499.99 USD that also includes a pair of 3D glasses bundled, however it seems the release date has been moved for the holiday season. Amazon has the PlayStation 3D monitor available for pre-order with a release date set for December 31 with the price still at $499.99 USD. Considering how the 3D monitor is named, you can expect it to be designed for use with the PlayStation 3 console and unfortunately it will not be a great choice for PC 3D gamers as it will not feature a DVI or DisplayPort that will allow it to work at 1080p with 120Hz, instead it will be with HDMI 1.4 interface and will be more like a 3D HDTV in that aspect (limited to the HDMI 1.4 stereo 3D specs). Still, the expectations for this product from Sony are very high in terms of quality and performance (very little crosstalk/ghosting in 3D mode), making it more attractive choice for console 3D gamers than what is currently available on the market in terms of compatible 3D monitors (not 3D HDTVs) in a similar price range. But let us wait and see what will Sony provide us with at the end of this year and if it will really be worth waiting for, although if you don’t want to wait, there are already alternatives available that can work with both PC and PS3 in stereoscopic 3D mode.

For more information about the Sony 24-inch PlayStation 3D Monitor (CECH-ZED1)…

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