|The small beam splitter with a couple of hacked GH13s|
It seems the beam splitter I designed generated more interest than I initially imagined, so here is some more info on how I built it, but before I´d like to mention a few things, such as why I decided to built this rig in the first place. I am a director and film maker by trade, I have shot commercials, music videos and documentaries with all sorts of sets ups and cameras from Sony´s F35, Red, 16mm film and 5D mk2, as well as a recent project in 3D: a commercial for a German bank´s charity, for Cinema release. The rig was from P&S technik if I remember well, we used a couple of Sony 900, the rig weighted well over MY OWN weight, it needed 3 guys to pass it from dolly to tripod.
|Versus the standard size 3D beamsplitter we used...|
When building the beamsplitter, what I wanted to achieve was a rig with the smallest footprint possible, with proper image quality. I am not yet totally happy with the results, but I am getting there. I am thinking of adding a 3D field monitor (bit heavy) or possibly pluging a pair of those LCD 3D glasses instead, so as to be able to check depth while shooting. The rig weight about 4kg, (that´s about the weight of a normal professional camcorder like the HVX 200) which is, as far as I know, the lightest rig with broadcast quality image output.