Thursday, January 07, 2010

3D Film Factory's New Affordable 3D Production Monitor

Jim here. 3D Film Factory has a new product rolling out the door, the 3D Master Monitor, and it is a very nice compliment to their existing line up which includes low cost S3D camera rigs.

It is a stereoscopic 3D production monitor for field production and studio use. The kicker is that the sticker is only $4,895.

From the release: “Right now, there’s just a few professional 3D field monitors available and they’re very expensive”, said company president Karl Kozak. “We set out to create an easy-to-use, accurate 3D viewing system that offered excellent image quality, affordability and durability. We use everything we sell, so it had to be a great product that could be relied upon in the field. The result was the 3D Master Monitor. It displays outstanding 3D images at a fraction of the cost and it’s perfect for field use.”

With a diagonal screen size of 10.4”, the system uses 2 high-resolution (1,024 x 768) LCD monitors and 1 beam-splitter mirror, to create an excellent, linear polarized 3D image that’s both comfortable and accurate. This configuration maintains the original LCD resolution while providing a flicker-free picture, and best of all, you can power it in the field with a 12V battery.

The screen is switchable from 2D to 3D at the ‘push of a button’ and features an image flipping function (vertical & horizontal) that makes the monitor compatible with both beam-splitter and side-by-side 3D rigs. Additionally, the Master Monitor supports NTSC and PAL, in either 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios and uses a high-definition decoder chip to support HD 720P or 1080i by component signal. Also, the on screen display (OSD) can select from 4 languages (English, Deutsch, Francais, Italiano, Espanol).

Now for you tech folks, here’s the specs: 262K display colors; an active display area of 8.3”x 6.2” (211x158mm); contrast ratio of 500:1 with 350 cd/m2 brightness; 123 LPI (0.206mm) pixel pitch; 60 Hz refresh rates and 25ms response time; inputs choices for 2 cameras are DVI-D, RGA, component, s-video and composite; and it powers on AC 100-240V/DC 12V.

All this is housed in a rugged aluminum constructed casing, with a carry handle and adjustable-height foot knobs. The dimensions are a mere 11”W x 11”H x 9”D (284x284x234mm) and it weighs just 15 lbs (7 kgs). The package includes 2 pairs of linear polarized glasses, cables, adapters, cleaning kit and a manual.

Sounds like a valued addition to the industry tool box. Nice price point too. I like supporting tools that independent filmmakers can use - take a look at this monitor if it suits your needs.

About the 3D Film Factory
Based in San Diego, California, the 3D Film Factory is both full service 3D production house and a 3D equipment manufacturer. More specifically, the company specializes in the design and marketing of production-ready, affordable stereoscopic 3D camera rigs and viewing systems, as well as, a wide variety of 3D production services for clients, from ‘stereographers for hire’, to hands-on 3D training, to complete 3D productions through post and exhibition.

To find out more, visit the company’s web site at: www.3DFilmFactory.com

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