James Cameron shows off 3D camera rig

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08.24.10 21 Comments

James Cameron took time out of his busy schedule eating Komodo-dragon-egg sushi off the breasts of his new Ukranian wife-slaves on his yacht recently to drop by G4’s Attack of the Show to show off the Cameron-Pace 3D camera rig with which he shot AvatarCaptain America director Joe Johnston recently complained that the rig was too unwieldy, which is why he chose to post-convert rather than shoot in 3D, but the rig doesn’t seem that bad. Anyway, Cameron shared some of the camera’s tech specs with AOTS host Captain Whathisface, like how it’s made from Unicorn Jizz and pure kryptonite.  Yep, that’s what I heard.

  • This camera is called a mini beam splitter rig and is set up inverted to be hand-held.
  • This rig was specifically created for the movie from two Sony cameras.
  • Unlike most 3D cameras, the Pace doesn’t use two side by side cameras for 3D effects.
  • Instead, it uses two cameras on the top and bottom to recreate how the 3D space will look on screen.
  • This technology is known as “fusion 3D.”
  • The beam splitter allows the two lenses to merge inside each other as the top camera can move side to side to change the interocular distance or change angles to control the convergence. [to control the “sweet spot” of the 3D image]
  • It’s a silent and fast 9 axis motion control system.
  • The rig weighs 28 lbs.
  • The two cameras must be finely calibrated in order to be doing the same thing at the exact same time.
  • [as for how much it costs, Cameron says, “Think a couple of Ferraris,” meanwhile probably thinking, “Like the couple of Ferraris I store in my servant’s quarters.] [via G4]

Cameron mentions that he did all the hand-held camera work on Avatar himself, and Captain Whatshisface calls him a hero, saying, “I have a new deal of respect for you, sir, because I could not hold that thing for 15 seconds.”  Really, dude?  You just said the thing weighed 28 pounds.  You can’t hold 28 pounds for 15 seconds?  Your mom has dildos that weigh more than that.  If the Russians ever invade, we’ll have to issue this guy a Nerf crotch bat and super-absorbent hankie to dry his girl tears.

Related: No Avatar sequel until at least 2014.  (*sad Pocahontas cat monkey*)

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