Leading 3D Stereoscopic Rig manufacturer, 3DRigs.com, has announced the launch of their Pro Light 3D Stereoscopic camera rig. Following on from the success of the Pro Ultra Rig, the Pro Light is a compact, scaled-down version weighing in at only seven kgs in beam splitter mode. “We have maintained the rigidity of our Pro Ultra Rig in the new light weight version to ensure that cameras maintain their alignment during operation,” comments Russ Bowden, CEO 3DRigs.com.
The Pro Light is compact for handheld and Steadycam operation, but can also be used in conventional modes, and is capable of carrying cameras up to five kgs each.
The Pro Light introduces some great new features to our range of products including real time height, tilt, roll, IA and convergence adjustments. 3DRigs.com is introducing an optical reader that can be attached to any zoom lens and will allow the rig technician to calibrate the zoom lenses and feed focal length information back into the rig control system, information necessary to make real time correction of zoom tracking errors.
The new Pro Light rig operating software is based on 3D Stereoscopic geometric formulas which allow control of parallax depth percentage, both positive and negative. Parallax depth percentage is the measurement of the ratio of separation, on the far and near points in your frame, to the width of the screen. The ability to control and monitor parallax percentages are fundamental tools for sound stereoscopic acquisition.
The software controls and drives highly accurate inter axial and convergence motors that maintain set positive and negative parallax percentages even during live convergence pulls. While this may appear complex, the GUI is easy to understand and operate and quick to master.
Operating software versions will be available for iPad, iPhone, tablets and smart phones running on Android. These systems will allow the rig to be run hard wired or wirelessly remote.
The Pro Light comes packaged in two flight cases (rig and beam splitter) and can be set up in under five minutes. Once cameras have been locked onto the rig’s dovetail plates, the electronic quick alignment tools allow rig alignment to be achieved in under five minutes. Lens changes and realignment checks are really fast with the slide in, slide out beam splitter configuration, and should take no longer than three minutes. Another advantage of the Pro Ultra Rig is that it has been designed to take any camera up to the weight limits of the rig without needing additional adaptor plates, this is due to the unique design of the system.
The Pro Light, like its big brother, the Pro Ultra, can be configured in beam splitter or side by side modes with a fast turnaround time. With all its capabilities, the Pro Light is the most cost effective rig on the market offering producers quicker shooting times and reduced rental or purchase costs. The first units will be ready for shipping in mid February 2012 and 3DRigs.com is now securing orders with clients.