Sebring, Florida – For the first time in history, a 3D film crew will document first-hand the trials and tribulations of a GT2 racing team as they power thru the gruelling 24 hour Le Mans Race. To do so, German based Angel Entertainment needed a 3D system that was durable, lightweight, highly mobile and completely self-contained. After researching all the available systems they choose the new 3D Bullet Rig from the 3D Film Factory.
For this particular application, the crew decided on the Bullet Rig, the most versatile, mobile rig available today. It can be used in handheld mode (grips and shoulder pad included), or used with Steadicam, EasyRig, jib or just simple tripod filming. Priced at a fraction of other professional 3D rigs (under $6K), this affordable beam-splitter rig is the perfect solution for location, reality, or action 3D filmmaking. Its features actually surpass that of other more expensive rigs.
The Bullet rig utilizes solid rails (not rods) to provide total rigid support for loads up to 50 lbs. and more. The rig also features a sturdy carry handle that can be used to mount on-board 3D monitors, led light panels, and fits perfectly into the EasyRig adapter for all-day, mobile use.
“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 not like the rod system rig. This rig shoot from your shoulder, or tripod. It’s a 3D filmmakers dream, very versatile“, said 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.”
The 3D Bullet Rig makes handheld 3D filming effortless and smooth by transferring the weight to your waist and shoulder. Each Bullet rig includes a shoulder mount system which includes an adjustable shoulder pad and handle grips. The result is hours of mobile, handheld 3D filming capability. In addition, the rig features a standard tripod mounting plate (¼-20 and ?-16 holes).
Weighing approx. 15 lbs. (5.8 kgs.) the Bullet Rig accommodates the Red Epic, Canon DSLR 5D, 7D, XF105, XF305, XH-G1, Sony F3, EX3’s, HDCP1, X5U, Z1U, Panasonic AF100, HPX250 and many other professional HD cameras.
The rig also features custom camera mounts that 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 smooth, accurate finger knobs, with 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 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.
Our opti-prime, 50/50 beam-splitter glass is optimized to meet the demands of 3D filmmaking. See specs. Within the matte box, a simple adjustment tool allows stereographers to fine tune the glass angle from between 44° to 46°.
The outcome is simply the world’s most affordable, professional handheld 3D rig.
It should be noted that using our simple Lanc system camera operators can now synch start/stop, focus, alignment, lens shift and many other vital functions thru both cameras or individually.
The 3D Film Factory offers a complete line of 3D beam-splitter rigs intended for HD camcorders, as well as larger ENG and broadcast style camera. In addition, we offer several inexpensive side-by-side rigs and real-time 3D viewing solutions. To learn more about 3D camera rigs, 3D viewing systems, 3D production services, or 3D training workshops visit – www.3DFilmFactory.com
About the 3D Film Factory
Established in 2008 by award-winning filmmakers and veteran stereographers, the 3D Film Factory has been the worldwide leader in professional, affordable 3D camera rigs and stereoscopic production s. We provide a host of 3D production services worldwide including, stereographers ‘for hire’, 3D camera rig rental, 3D viewing systems, and 3D post, as well as intensive 3D training workshops. Former clients include ESPN, NASA, Disney, HD Cinema, Pinewood Studios and Discovery. For more information visit http://www.3DFilmFactory.com
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