3D Film Factory, a company offering 3D camera rigs, is set to introduce two, new, handheld 3D rigs that are already making waves in the stereoscopic production community. Loaded with professional features, these ultra-light, cost-effective systems – the 3D BULLET RIG and 3D BULLET LITE RIG – are unshakable for handheld or steadicam 3D productions.
Designed to "load and shoot" these compact beam-splitter rigs are the perfect solution for location, reality, or action 3D filmmaking. For more information on the 3D Bullet Rig visit http://www.3DFilmFactory.com
"The 3D Bullet Rig is going to take 3D production to a whole new level. I love this rig. It's incredibly light, rock steady and most of all – it's really easy to shoot with from your shoulder, or tripod. This rig is a 3D filmmakers dream, very versatile", said the company's veteran stereographer Keith Driver. "Most 3D rigs are bulky, expensive and worst of all - tripod bound. They require a crew to operate. We've shot 3D projects in Africa, the Middle East, Hollywood soundstages, you name it we've done it in 3D. And we realized we needed a more mobile 3D rig. A 3D rig you could just pick up and shoot with. This is the 3D Bullet Rig."
The 3D Bullet Rig makes handheld 3D filming effortless and smooth by transferring the weight to your waist and shoulder. This means each 3D rig includes a spring-loaded suspension rod, comfortable weight displacement belt and adjustable, padded shoulder mount. The result is right on target - hours of mobile, handheld 3D filming capability. In addition, each rig features detachable rubber hand grips for easy manoeuvring and a standard tripod mounting plate (1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 holes).
Weighing under 12 lbs. (5.5 kgs.) the 3D Bullet Lite Rig was designed to accommodate the Canon DSLR 5D, 7D, 60D, XF105 (camcorder) and other smaller HD cameras.
The slightly larger 3D Bullet Rig accommodates the Canon 1D, 5D, 7D, XF105, XF305, XH-G1, 5D, 7D, Sony F3, EX3's, HDCP1, X5U, Z1U, Panasonic AF100, HVX200, HC 1500, HC 1800 and many other professional HD cameras.
Both rigs feature custom camera mounts that allow cinematographers to easily lock and load cameras into place using a standard quick-release plate from Bogen/Manfrotto. The horizontal camera mount offers IO (inter-ocular) adjustability from 0" – 3.5" (0 - 89 mm) and simple convergence movement from 0°-3°. Both functions are easily controlled using simple, accurate finger knobs, complete with 3D calibration markings. The vertical camera mount adjusts for perfect stereoscopic picture alignment by elevating and performing full x-y-z rotation (yaw, roll, tilt).
The light-weight, mirror box housing is constructed using space-age foam core plastic that's durable, corrosion-free and substantially cooler than a metal matte box. This ensures your beam-splitter glass with its expensive coatings will stay cool on hot days. The rig itself is hand-milled employing a nearly indestructible aluminium alloy frame.
Perfect for traveling light, the entire 3D Bullet Rig is ingenuously designed to set-up and break down in a matter of minutes, packing into a small, water-tight pelican case.
As a bonus, the horizontal rail easily detaches, along with the camera mounts, transforming into a side-by-side rig 3D for wide and landscape stereography.
The opti-prime, 50/50 beam-splitter glass is precise, uniform and manufactured to optimize 3D image recording. See specs. Within the matte box, a simple adjustment tool allows stereographers to fine tune the glass angle from between 43° to 47°.