London-based rental and sales house DECODE will launch two new high-end 3D mirror rigs at Cine Gear Expo 2011, June 2-5 at Paramount Studios, Los Angeles.
D-REX is a large 3D rig for full size cameras such as Arri ALEXA, RED, fully-loaded RED EPIC, and other large broadcast cameras. D-RAPTOR is a smaller rig for cameras such as the Sony EX3 and Sony F3.
“We’ve developed these rigs over the last 15 months,” explained company managing director, Samuel Martin. “We wanted to be able to provide a large number of rigs into our fleet – rigs that would be easily convertible between active and passive, and most importantly would not flex, an issue we experienced with all other rigs at the time we started. In addition, I wanted to keep the rental cost down to an affordable level.”
Both new rigs are fully adjustable in all axes of alignment. An innovative design means the rig is always ready to adjust, and yet always locked solid. Alignment won’t shift during small changes, making it extremely accurate. The solid, robust build means it’s possible to do a full 180-degree tilt with no noticeable image shift.
The structure built around the mirror box means all accessories added to rig are close to the center of gravity, for better balance.
The rigs will be sold in standard configuration as passive rigs, with the option to include PRESTON or cmotion wireless interaxial and convergence controls within a matter of seconds.
Prototypes have already been used to shoot the feature film StreetDance Choreographer: The Journey, (scheduled for release later in 2011), as well as commercials for Aston Martin, Pantene shampoo and Playboy 3D.