Meduza Systems Intros 7-pound 3D 1080p Camera
Chris Cary, CEO of 3D Visual Enterprises, the UK parent company of Meduza Systems. previewed the Meduza Systems Titan in Burbank today as the company looks to make 3D sports production easier via a new 7 pound dual 1080p 3D camera that can capture images up to 120 frames per second. The price is $55,000 and can be ordered with either C mount or the new Meduza mount for the Meduza matched pair prime lens series (Delta 4KS3D). Pre-order customers can expect delivery of the TITAN in late December.
“The desire of the consumer for an enhanced 3D television entertainment experience and the pressure on hardware manufacturers and retailers to sell the new 3D enabled hardware, is mandating the broadcaster to deliver,” says Cary. “An unquestionable demand has been established in the 3D equipment marketplace where currently there is a void for a camera with the versatility of the TITAN.”
Featuring two 1080p CMOS sensors, TITAN is capable of a full range of frame rates, from 24 fps to 120 fps in 10 bit, and has fast, fully motorized inter-axial (the distance between the lenses) and convergence, both essential to quality S3D film making. Convergence is accurate to 1/1000 of a degree and the inter-axial to 1 micron. Meduza can also provide motors for Iris and focus control.
The company says all of the control systems are integrated inside the camera so the setup is optimized for shooting in adverse weather conditions that affect outdoor sports and natural history productions. Titan can be controlled from anywhere, either on-board or via tethered or remote controls.
“We had expected theatrical productions to continue being the driving force for the growth in 3D equipment until late in 2012,” added Cary. “Our plan has always been to release a 1080p only camera system for television but it was originally scheduled later in our release cycle.
The Titan and its big brother, the modular Meduza MK1 (recently launched at IBC), are not intended to replace rig systems but are completely complimentary. In television where time, space, flexibility and above all budgets are tight, TITAN provides a liberating solution.