Normally my team and I use rig-based camera systems to shoot our 3D documentary material.
But to stay in this crazy 3D game you’ve got to try it all … last week it was time to play with a new toy.
We took the shiny Panasonic AG-3DA1 for a test drive.
Here’s some footage of the indoor shoot:
Here’s some footage of the outdoor shoot:
What you need to know:
-There are distance limitations as with any side by side camera rig. For instance when we were shooting in a room approx. 3m x 3m the closest we could get is about 1.2 meters to the subject. When we zoomed in we had to move to about 2.5 to 3 meters – we were out the door before we got a clean and well converged shot of the subject.
-To get anaglyphic 3D press the “mix” button.
-Both the viewfinder and LCD screen use anaglyphic as convergence guide.
-The LCD screen is soft when in “mix” mode – so focus needs to be continually checked.
What you’ll like:
-It shoots decent EXT.
What you won’t:
-The small sensor means that the image shows noise in low light.
Jury’s out for now. I’ve sent the footage into post, and will make the call on if it’s worth it to add to our 3D arsenal when I see the goods.
More to come …
–Ian Herring, President