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3-D Movie Camera

April 20, 2010

Making 3-D films involves shooting scenes from two slightly different angles, a task that once required a 450-pound camera system moved by machinery. For the blockbuster Avatar, director James Cameron used a camera that could be carried, but it still weighed 50 pounds and had multiple parts. A new model weighs just seven pounds and is the first professional-quality camcorder to combine all the necessary components for 3-D filmmaking: lenses, camera head, and twin memory card recorder. The camera handles the tricky calibration process through a combination of user controls and automated systems. It could bring 3-D effects within reach of independent filmmakers for the first time.

Product: AG-3DA1 Full HD 3D Camcorder
Cost: $21,000
Availability: Fall 2010
Source: www.panasonic.com
Companies: Panasonic Broadcast

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