Hollywood-based 3D Film Factory recently released the 3D Bullet Rig – a cost-effective stereo 3D camera rig for handheld or steadicam filming, as well as studio productions. Priced at under $5,000, this compact beam-splitter rig is ideal for location, reality or action 3D filmmaking.
“The 3D Bullet Rig is going to take 3D production to a whole new level. I love this rig. It’s incredibly light, rock steady and most of all, it’s really easy to shoot with from your shoulder or tripod. This rig is a 3D filmmakers dream, very versatile“, said the company’s veteran stereographer Keith Driver. “Most 3D rigs are bulky, expensive and worst of all, tripod bound. They require a crew to operate. We’ve shot 3D projects in Africa, the Middle East and Hollywood soundstages. You name it, we’ve done it in 3D. And we realized we needed a more mobile 3D rig. A 3D rig you could just pick up and shoot with. This is the 3D Bullet Rig.”
The 3D Bullet Rig makes handheld 3D filming easier by transferring the weight to the operator’s waist and shoulder. Each 3D rig includes a spring-loaded suspension rod, a comfortable weight displacement belt and an adjustable, padded shoulder mount. In addition, the rig features detachable rubber hand grips for easy maneuvering and a standard tripod mounting plate.
Weighing approx. 13 lbs. (5.8 kg) the 3D Bullet Rig accommodates the Canon DSLR 5D, 7D, 60D, XF105 XF305, XH-G1, Sony F3, EX3’s, HDCP1, X5U, Z1U, Panasonic AF100, HVX200, HC 1500, HC 1800 and many other professional HD cameras.
The rig also features custom camera mounts that easily lock and load cameras into place using a standard quick-release plate from Bogen/Manfrotto. The horizontal camera mount offers IO (inter-ocular) adjustability from 0-3.5 inches (0-89 mm) and simple convergence movement from 0°-3°. Both functions are controlled using smooth, accurate finger knobs, with calibration markings. The vertical camera mount adjusts for stereoscopic picture alignment by elevating and performing full x-y-z rotation (yaw, roll, tilt).
The light-weight, mirror box housing is constructed using space-age foam core plastic that’s durable, corrosion-free and cooler than a metal matte box. This ensures the beam-splitter glass, with its expensive coatings, will stay cool on hot days. The rig itself is hand-milled employing an aluminum alloy frame.
Perfect for traveling light, the entire 3D Bullet Rig is designed to setup and break down in a matter of minutes, packing into a small, water-tight pelican case.
As a bonus, the horizontal rail easily detaches, along with the camera mounts, transforming into a side-by-side rig 3D for wide and landscape stereography. The rig’s opti-prime, 50/50 beam-splitter glass is optimized to meet the demands of 3D filmmaking. Within the matte box, a simple adjustment tool allows stereographers to fine tune the glass angle from between 43° to 47°.
It also offers a simple Lanc system enabling camera operators to synch start/stop, focus, alignment, lens shift and many other vital functions through both cameras or individually.
The 3D Film Factory offers a complete line of 3D beam-splitter rigs intended for HD camcorders, as well as larger ENG and broadcast-style cameras.