January 17th, 2012
I have been looking into 3D shooting and post workflows for a couple of weeks using initially the GoPro 3D setup, and later the Panasonic HDC Z10000 camera.
Gopro have given us a free download of the Cineform edit software for use with GoPro footage exclusively. Simply pick the shot you wish to import and Cineform will find its accompanying file to create a 3D video in your choice of system. The simplest system is Anyglyph and can be seen on a computer screen with the free glasses supplied with the GoPro 3D system. You can also choose to output to any other 3D system for further burning to Bluray. It supports both the passive glasses and active glasses systems commonly used in 3D TV.
The Panasonic camera shoots in AVCHD codec in 1920×1080 resolution using two SD cards. The camera is as easy to use as a normal 2D camera with iris, zoom and focus controls conveniently placed on the lens. The only extra control required is the convergence wheel to set the apparent window plane, the point where objects in front and behind this point will appear so on screen. Once this point has been set simply hit record and shoot!
There are a few limitations to shooting in 3D which is hard to adhere to when you have been shooting 2D as long as I have. Objects too close to the lens for example will completely destroy your 3D effect. Lens flares are also a big no-no.
The Panasonic comes bundled with software to enable you to download your footage, do a basic edit and export to 3D Bluray. Just be prepared for the amount of time it takes to burn a Bluray!
These are my first steps in the 3D world and I would love to hear from others who are as determined to get a grip on this technology as I am