New 3D Rigs from UK Company

Posted on May 18, 2011 by Alex Fice

Decode’s new D-REX 3D RigLondon 3D specialist rental/sales house DECODE will launch two new high end 3D mirror rigs at Cine Gear Expo 2011 in Paramount Studios, LA, 2nd-5th June.

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. It is the first UK designed and built rig for these cameras.

D-RAPTOR is a smaller rig for cameras such as the Sony EX3, Sony F3 and similar.

MD and also film and TV director Samuel Martin explained “We’ve developed these rigs over the last 15 months. 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 offer a range of important features:

Manual or automatic operation;  implemented integration with cmotion or Preston for wireless rig control.

Fully adjustable in all axes of alignment – Design means the rig is always ready to adjust, and yet always locked solid. Alignment won’t shift during small changes. Solid 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 centre of gravity, for better balance.

Easy to remove mirror for easy cleaning and safe transportation.

Inwards facing cameras means all buttons are easily accessible by the operator.

All tilt/roll/height adjustments are accessible from one position, to avoid conflicting with the operator during line-ups.

The rigs will be sold in standard configuration as passive rigs, with the option to include PRESTON/ cmotion wireless interaxial and convergence controls within a matter of seconds.

The prototype rigs have already been used on ‘StreetDance Choreographer: The Journey’, Commercials for  Aston Martin, Pantene shampoo, Playboy 3D and TV/corporates for Discovery Channel Extreme Sports, and P&G cruises.

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