Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


My good friend Alister Chapman is a pioneer in 3D video productions but as far as I can make out a lot of work goes into making it all happen. Sony and Panasonic have chased us for over 2 years convincing us to go down the HD route now I see similar tactics with 3D television.

This is about the 3rd time round for 3D we have been promised this technology for years I remember seeing it demonstrated on “Tomorrows World” an early version of the “Gadget Show”. My second encounter with 3D was in the 1st Star Wars movie where Princess leia pops out of C3P0  in the middle of the Millenium Falcon.

3D wont take off till we get over the need for glasses, I and I am not alone would not sit watching my TV using polarised or otherwise glasses every night.

I can take 3D in small doses but until we get the real maCoy sitting in the middle of my living room that I can walk round and I don’t look like Joe 90…forget it.

Panasonic are brave introducing a $21,000 3D camcorder in this climate, I only wish the camcorder did not look so semi professional, plasticky with a dual lens stuck on the front. No doubt Sony, JVC, Canon and RED are working on their versions of 3D in fact RED have shown a version of their 3D camera already.

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Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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