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A 3D commercial shot in Johannesburg by MIA Films for UK-based agency Brave London, recently saw the first local use of two Phantom Gold cameras on a Quasar beam-splitter 3D rig.
Panavision synced the high-speed cameras via a Gigabit Ethernet hub and Vision Research's PCC Software, allowing all camera functions to be remotely controlled via laptop. A CMotion wireless control system was used to pull focus and iris on both lenses with one controller. Convergance and interocular distance were adjusted on the fly via radio link on a Technica 3D Hand Controller (THC).
The recently-released QTake HDx2, by IN2CORE, was used to process the left and right eye HD feeds and mix to the various 3D formats required by the client, and allowing live 3D viewing, inline colour correction and VFX.
"At 1000fps, each Phantom generates 40 times more data than a conventional 25fps shoot," explained Panavision SA Digital Imaging Manager, Clive Shirlaw. "Throughout each day of filming we transferred the data from two set's of 512GB Phantom Cinemags, via Cine docking stations, to a pair of Quad Core Towers to check, log, transfer and backup."
All pics courtesy of Dreamcatcher Productions/Frans Marais.