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World's First Integrated Twin-Lens 3D Camcorder 162

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i'll-call-it-shamdora dept.
ElectricSteve writes "Shooting in 3D has traditionally required a complex, bulky and fragile rig using two cameras and additional hardware to calibrate and adjust them. Panasonic's straight-forwardly-named Twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder looks to radically change the 3D game, with integrated lenses and dual SDHC memory card slots allowing you to capture 3D footage immediately, with just one device." So there ya go, get started making your own Avatar.
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World's First Integrated Twin-Lens 3D Camcorder

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  • Ohh, really? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Lars T. (470328) <Lars...Traeger@@@googlemail...com> on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:51PM (#30684094) Journal
    So there ya go, get started making your own Avatar.

    So where do I get the blue aliens and the monsters and the vehicles and ...

  • Re:Ohh, really? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by JWSmythe (446288) <jwsmytheNO@SPAMjwsmythe.com> on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:04PM (#30684338) Homepage Journal

        I'd go original Star Trek style, and it would just be hot chicks in body paint, wearing not much of anything.

        And then it goes into someone elses comment above "wheres the 3d porn?" :)

        Funny thing about that camera. There's only one eyepiece. I guess you're not expected to see the scene as it's recorded. That's a shame.

  • Not getting it... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Thoreauly Nuts (1701246) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:06PM (#30684376)

    I really just don't understand this whole 3D movie thing. It's about as interesting as VR gloves in the late 90s; a neat idea, but really nothing but an expensive, impractical gimmick.

    I think I'll sit this out until someone invents the Holodeck, or at the very least, makes something that doesn't hurt my eyes or make me wear glasses.

  • Re:Ohh, really? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by quantumplacet (1195335) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:17PM (#30684514)

    if you've ever shot anything professionally you'd know that what you see and what the camera sees are never quite the same thing. the parent has a legitimate point, and I don't think many professionals would make use of this camera. although the article is a little light on details, and in my opinion what you'd really want instead of a dual eyepiece is the ability to display each shot individually by hooking up two monitors. its also possible there's a button or something to allow you to choose which frame is displayed on the eyepiece or an external monitor.

  • by Monkeedude1212 (1560403) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:24PM (#30684624) Journal

    Or you could go watch a play.

    (Just kidding. Sort of)

  • Re:Now, if only... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Dr_Barnowl (709838) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:32PM (#30684738)

    Expect to see something similar to this on you cell phone in about, let's say, 2038.

    In 2038, you won't need a camera phone, you'll just need a subscription to the Panopticon Drone Network®, filming everything, everywhere, for your fun and pleasure, since 2031!

  • by sexconker (1179573) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:35PM (#30684786)

    Cameras need better mic options.

  • Re:W00t! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:38PM (#30684846)

    Whether you are joking or not, I wish people constantly complaining of nausea and headaches would just stop. I do not get headaches and nausea from viewing 3-D movies, nor does anyone I know. Yes, it may affect you, but quite complaining. There are people who get car sick, plane sick, boat sick, or in general motion sickness. Notice how most people do not complain about motion sickness every time a car, boat, or airplane is mentioned. And to handle the others that complain about people with only one eye not being able to take advantage of this...enough! There are people born, or inflicted, everyday with multiple kinds of disabilities that preclude them from doing numerous tasks, such as driving, flying an airplane, etc. If you get headaches, or have some ocular disability That prevents you from viewing 3-D tv, I'm sorry to hear that, but shut it. Recognize that there are most likely things that you can do that others can't. Imagine if every time you mention one of these things someone chimes in complain that they can't...

    E.g
    A. How was your day?
    B. Well, I was thinking, as I was driving home...
    A. Driving, yeah you mean that thing that makes me throw-up everytime I do it.
    B. Okay, Work was fine. What should we do for dinner?
    A. Chicken sounds good, but we need some peas.
    B. I'll drive to....
    A. Yeah, yeah...you'll DRIVE to the store. I hope you don't throw up, like I do...

    Annoying, isn't it?

  • there ya go (Score:3, Insightful)

    by roc97007 (608802) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:53PM (#30685052) Journal

    > So there ya go, get started making your own Avatar.

    But with a better plot, please.

  • Re:$12,000 !!! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by VisiX (765225) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:55PM (#30685090)

    Plus, adding insult to injury, the article raves about this $12,000 camera working with two inexpensive SDHC memory cards rather than more expensive P2 memory cards. Doesn't the $12,000 price tag rather defeat any savings in memory cards?

    I would bet that either the article writer or the target audience are the kind of people that will drive 10 miles across town to save $.02/gal on gas. Cost benefit analysis is much too complicated for most people.

  • by zippthorne (748122) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @02:53PM (#30685872) Journal

    3D adds texture. It's often gimicky, because producers (I assume it's producers) demand excuses to show of "it's 3D!" usually by having something pointy come out of the frame too far (as in, too close for normal people to adjust their eyes to it quickly).

    But it's a perfectly useful tool for adding texture to projects if you avoid the gimmicky "throw stuff at you" tricks. It really does add to the immersion on films where they're not playing "look, it's 3D!" all the time.

    No one calls greek friezes "gimmky" just because they have some relief (although they would if every frieze had a spear sticking way out to remind you). It's just another tool for artists to use to evoke emotion.

    Now, I'd challenge you to watch one of the films where it wasn't just a gimmick, but I'd be hard pressed to actually name one. "Monsters vs. Aliens" wasn't too bad, though.

  • by jgtg32a (1173373) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @03:10PM (#30686094)

    Which was the part I liked the most about Avatar, the 3D was there but not a gimmick.

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