Element Technica, designer of the family of Technica 3D rigs for stereoscopically mounting cameras and lenses for television and motion picture 3D production, will show production models of its smallest 3D camera rig. The Neutron is designed for compact digital cameras with C-mount prime lenses, such as the SI-2K Mini, Iconix and Wige Media CUNIMA.
The ultra light weight of these cameras combined with the Neutron’s own small weight and size, make this tiny rig the optimal solution for handheld operation or mounting on a camera stabilizer. Neutrons can also be easily squeezed into small spaces and hidden on-stage for capturing performance videos in 3D. Untethered control of interocular and convergence on the Neutron is provided by a wireless link with the Technica Hand Controller (THC). Neutrons can also be interfaced with stereoscopic optimization processors such as the Sony MPE-200 and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft HHS STAN, which allow them to be quickly integrated into multi-camera productions.
Like all three rigs in the Technica 3D family, the Neutron can be configured in side-by-side and beam splitter mode (both over/thru and under/thru), and can be quickly reconfigured from one mode to the other. Small though it is, the Neutron is manufactured from aircraft-grade CNC machined aluminum as well as stainless steel and carbon fiber. These state-of-the-art aerospace industry materials, coupled with Element Technica’s innovative design, provide a 3D rig with exceptional structural integrity and the lowest possible weight. This rigidity and ruggedness are necessary to hold the stereoscopic camera pair in rock-solid position to yield a realistic 3D effect, while minimizing the rig weight.
The Neutron 3D rig shares a small, common set of tools, setup and alignment procedures with its two larger siblings, the mid-sized Pulsar and the large camera Quasar rigs. An experienced 2D assistant trained on one of the rigs can apply that knowledge to the whole family of Technica 3D rigs.
In the few short months since Element Technica has begun delivering the Neutron, the tiny 3D rigs have already found a home on productions worldwide.