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Old September 8th, 2010, 11:07 AM   #1
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I've just picked up a development version of the 3D beam splitter rig I have designed. Really pleased with it, beautiful engineering done by TLS in the UK. If you want to see any photos you will find them here:
First Pictures! - Hurricane-Rig.com
All up weight is 6kg and it will take cameras up to Red One size.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 01:49 PM   #2
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Looks very impressive, IMO the shroud should be black. I have a couple of questions about the rig, I can see where you can adjust the IA on the top camera, left view?, but how do you adjust the convergence? Also is there additional shrouding to stop light from reflecting off the back of the glass into the cameras?

Hope you post a 3D image of the rig once you have a second one completed!
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Old September 8th, 2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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Black is the colour! Looks great Alistair.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 06:43 PM   #4
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Production hoods will be black, possibly carbon fiber with a fold flat design. The mirror has an anti-reflective coating on the rear which makes a huge difference to internal reflections. At the moment there is no lower baffle. I have not found it necessary to have one, but it would be easy enough to add one inside the shroud.

There is a small thumbscrew just below the top camera for adjusting the angulation (convergence). 4 turns is one degree.

When I get time after IBC I'll post pictures of a naked rig without cameras, it's much easier to appreciate the minimalist design then. We discovered today that it's actually possible to get a dismantled rig in to a standard airline carry-on bag. One allen key releases all the major components. It also converts to side by side and there will be a full kit for mounting the rig upside down with the camera up above the mirror. We also have the dual focus kit working now and that will be getting the full engineering work over after IBC. Motorised I/A and convergence kit will be next to do.
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Old September 11th, 2010, 01:02 AM   #5
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Kudos Alister. It is the most elegant mirror rig I've seen. I am truly impressed. Please do post the "naked" rig pictures/videos. Thank you.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 05:36 AM   #6
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I had the pleasure of finally meeting Alister in person at IBC. I got to see the new rig up close and personal and I must say that at the targeted price it is going to be revolutionary for us indie guys.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 03:59 PM   #7
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Thanks for the kind words Tim. It was good to meet you too. Love your software and Alexa demo reel.

I think these are exciting times for S3D. We have seen the initial surge with big bucks rigs, software and ancillaries. Now prices are tumbling down to more realistic levels and S3D will be come more and more accessible for everyone.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 03:47 AM   #8
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Just thought I would add that the rigs are now in production and the end user price is $7,995 USD
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 07:35 PM   #9
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Congratulations Alistar, it's a real work of art and obviously a great value for the money.

I imagine it's been a long and expensive road bringing this to market, but certainly worth the effort. At last a rig that is an elegant design, multi-functional, light weight, precise, and at an industry leading price-point.

I look forward to seeing it in person at NAB.

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Old February 3rd, 2011, 07:50 PM   #10
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I look forward to seeing it in person at NAB.
Please visit our booths in the 3D Pavilion (beside Sony/B&H) to see the Hurricane rigs on display. I just finished shooting a 13 episode cooking show with the Hurricane and JVC HM790/700 and it held its calibration for the whole shoot.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 03:00 PM   #11
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Hey Tim. Glad you got your rig. Looking forward to NAB, there's gonna be a storm!

Oh dear, better keep taking the pills.
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