The CONTENT MONSTERS are thrilled to be working with PANASONIC in the testing of their latest and greatest 3D Camera Recorders, including the unreleased AG-3DP1 prototype that's certain to shake up not only the 3D filmmaking community, but the WORLD!
Upon my arrival at Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory, I felt an overwhelming sense of JOY! Could this actually be? Was I really entering THE MOTHERSHIP?!? I was immediately ushered into a dark room by Senior Area Sales Manager Doug Leighton and that's when I saw it. Laying on a table before me was the most powerful Panasonic 3D Camera in existence. I was breathless.
*Click below to view the 3D stop motion animated bumper we Content Monstered up for the AG-3DP1.
"This is it." Doug said. -- Enter Senior Engineer Greg Boren, who proceeded to walk me through the entire camera system inside and out. He placed special emphasis on the NEW FEATURES which he had just added to the system menu 10 minutes prior to my arrival. "There's no documentation on this in existence and I literally just added these features a few minutes ago, so pay attention." And out comes my iPad, capturing video like my life depended on it!
I was thrilled by the amount of attention to detail they put into every inch of this camera. Shooting with Panasonic HDX-900 several times a week, I'm very familiar with Panasonic's shoulder-mount camera recorders and it's safe to say, the AG-3DP1 puts every other one of them to SHAME!
The AG-3DP1 utilizes two pairs of 1/3 type, full-HD 2.2 megapixel 3MOS imagers with a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor to acquire full production quality, native 1920 x 1080 resolution images. I'm talkin FULL HD 3D in a proper Panasonic twin-lens system that allows the convergence point to be adjusted and has added functions for automatically correcting horizontal and vertical displacement. One feature that we found particularly slick was the 3D Assist Function that uses Red, Green, and Yellow digital overlays that indicate where your convergence plane is set to as well as areas of excessive depth or hyperconvergence.
The AG-3DP1 also has 3D Mode Selection which can be set to Near, Normal or Extra. This feature optimizes the lens convergence angle range for each shooting distance, maximizing the twin-lens zooming capability. Additionally with a minimum convergence distance of around 3 feet and an overall wider field of view, the AG-3DP1 allows you to get shots that simply aren't possible on it's predecessor, the AG-3DA1.
The first Content Monsters AG-3DP1 project completed is "SKITTLES 3D - Stare The Rainbow." Andycam and I are both huge fans of the Skittles "Taste The Rainbow" campaign. The humor in those spots lines up perfectly with our comedic sensibilities, so we decided to knock one out in PANASONIC 3D!
Shooting "Skittles 3D" with the AG-3DP1 was a breeze. We utilized the ND filters, a much needed addition missing from the AG-3DA1, and shot mostly at a F 2.8 / 4 with all natural light and a single bounce board. We lined up each shot with the viewing system in "MIXED MODE" so that we were able to see where our convergence was set to. The beauty of the Panasonic AG-3DP1 is that it eliminates the need for special computers, mirrored rigs, or stereographers typically needed to create professional grade, vibrant, captivating stereoscopic imagery. With the Panasonic AG-3DP1, you dream a shot up in your head, then you go out and create that shot, just you and the camera. Make no mistake, the AG-3DP1 has all the advanced functions, you'd come to expect from a professional 3D camera system, including remote control focus, iris, and convergence, however, this camera system packs all of that Panasonic professional grade power into a tight package that still manages to be easy to use and somewhat prosumer friendly.
In conclusion, Stereoscopic production is RAMPING UP and the AG-3DP1 is leading the way. Upon it's release, first quarter 2012...maybe, it will undoubtedly become the go-to camera for any and all 3D reality television, live sports, studio game shows, independent feature films and more. The combination of it's spectacular image quality, easy to use interface and reliable P2 workflow make it the optimal choice for producers, director, cinematographers and editors looking to achieve maximum 3D BANG for their buck. STAY GLUED for ALL NEW 3D CONTENT filmed on the Panasonic AG-3DP1 and AG-3DA1. It'll knock your SOCKS CLEAN OFF...CONTENT MONSTERS STYLE!!