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For 3-D production there are two options, either a 3-D rig or a twin lens camera. 3-D Rigs are bulky apparatuses that often take several people to manage. Ask any Director of Photography that has shot 3-D and they will tell you mobility and flexibility are not words synonymous with 3-D rigs. Twin Lens cameras are more portable but the 3-D is less versatile and often the footage has an amateur look to it. Panasonic’s new addition to the 3-D camera marketplace is their shoulder mounted, ENG style, twin lens AG-3DP1. It features dual 17 times twin lens zoom with dual 2.2 megapixel CMOS sensors. The Panasonic AG-3DP1 offers full 1920 x 1080 10 bit sampling shooting in the AVC Intra codec, and comes with the zoom and focus calibrated between the lenses. Shooting 3-D is a meticulous venture that requires an intuitive DP. The Panasonic AG-3DP1 gives you multiple 3-D Assist Display Functions that give you excellent Z-axis perspective readings. Red blocks show up the LCD when there is excessive leaping, yellow when there is excessive depth. A green line will outline the reference plane, and you will have a Z-axis waveform on the bottom of the LCD with red lines that outline the trouble areas.

Flexibility in a new camera remains an important aspect for any Director of Photography looking to purchase a camera. 3-D Rigs offer amazing flexibility with the Z-Axis and 3-D quality, but it comes with large costs, bulky rigs, and a complicated workflow. The Panasonic AG-3DP1 offers you high-quality alternative in one shoulder mounted camera. Although it doesn’t offer the same flexibility as the rig, it allows more room in the budget because it has a less expensive price point. Because it maintains a similar body style as other Panasonic Varicam models, the AG-3DP1 gives you a great 3-D “on-the-fly” shooting option that comes in an ENG style camera. And the Panasonic AG-3DP1 offers undercrank and overcrank features similar to other Varicam cameras. It allows for easy use for live switched events as well as a traditional shoot.

Download the AG-3DP1 Brochure here.

Talk to us: Has your Chicago video crew shot any 3-D productions recently? Do you find that 3-D productions are a growing trend or a waning fad? Have you purchased the new Panasonic AG-3DP1 or one of its predecessors? If so, what do you think about the camera?

Brad Spinsby

About Brad Spinsby

Many of you know Brad Spinsby as a staff blog writer and Production Manager during his four years at Crews Control. Currently, Brad is the Media Production Specialist for a non-profit organization in Chicago, IL. He spends his days managing audio and video studios, recording audio textbooks for the visually impaired, and creating compelling videos. Brad continues to write thoughtful articles as a Crews Control contributing blogger. Outside of work he spends his time eating deep-dish pizza, listening to the Blues Brothers, frequenting Wrigley Field, and other Chicagoan past times.

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