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Friday, March 11, 2011

New Spider-Man movie first to use ultra-mobile 3D cameras

By Electronista Staff


3ality TS-5, 3D camera of choice

The Spider-Man franchise re-boot The Amazing Spider-Man is the first movie to use the TS-5 Handheld Beamsplitter Rig from 3ality Digital. 3ality Digital’s camera platforms and stereo image processors were developed to enable both scripted and live entertainment. The camera systems automatically align and correct mechanical and optical imperfections, using artificial intelligence and image processing. The systems feature semi-automatic setup and alignment, as well as S3D metadata output.

"We tested virtually every product on the market and chose 3ality Digital because we were impressed by the compact size of the TS-5," said Spider-Man director of photography John Schwartzman. "You don't get the unwanted shadowing effects during shots that sometimes appear using other 3D rigs, and the lens changes only take a few minutes," he added. "We wanted a rig that would not only deliver the best quality and performance but also one that wouldn't delay the production, so we have all the benefits of a 3D picture and we're shooting to a 2D schedule."

The CEO and founder of 3ality Digital, Steve Schklair, explains that the advantage of 3ality’s TS-5 cameras is that the business case for shooting in 3D works when studios can film on the same timing schedule as when shooting in regular 2D. As a result, 3ality is now attracting interest from the television industry for shooting episodic TV shows in 3D. A one-hour TV show can be shot in the usual 2D schedule of nine days with a 3ality Digital rig, giving it a significant advantage over its competitors.

The Amazing Spider-Man is due for release in 2012. [via The Hollywood Reporter]


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