The Cyclopital3D Stereo Base Extender (SBE) for the Panasonic Z10000 helps you to produce impressive 3D images of more distant subjects by maintaining accurate depth portrayal when you use longer-than-normal focal lengths. It is especially useful for capturing the action in sporting events, getting up close at concerts, or shooting wildlife while maintaining your distance; and practically anytime you want to get a close look at your subject without getting too close to it. The Stereo Base Extender serves as an indispensable addition to tool kits. This professional-grade 3D accessory significantly compliments the Panasonic Z10000 camcorder by adding a greater dimension of possibilities.
The Panasonic Z10000 Professional 3D Camcorder allows you to zoom in, increasing the scales of X and Y up to a factor of six (6X zoom). Using the Stereo Base Extender, you can also increase the scale in the Z dimension too. The SBE makes your subjects appear 4 times closer than they actually are. If you also zoom to make them 4 times bigger, then the footage looks like you have moved to a position 4 times closer to your subject.
Using the SBE with lesser values of zoom will add depth to the scene, but the expanded scale in Z can also make the world appear somewhat miniaturized. Zooming in without the base extender will make the world look bigger, but also flatter with less depth, particularly in the subjects themselves. Taken to extreme zooming without increasing the stereo base can cause card-boarding, where the subjects do not show the roundness one sees in the real world; instead subjects may look like they are painted on cardboard cutouts.
Errors in the scale of X and Y (errors in the aspect ratio) of an image are clearly visible with less than a 20% difference in the scale of X vs. Y. Fortunately, the sensitivity to scale errors in the Z dimension is much more forgiving. However, as the error in the scale of Z approaches 200%, artifacts such as miniaturization and card-boarding become more and more apparent. Having a Z-scale to play with is the advantage of 3D cinematography. The SBE gives you an important and much needed tool to address the creative opportunities of 3D depth and opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
The Panasonic Z10000 lenses have a fixed spacing of 1.6” (41mm) apart, making it impossible to capture high-quality 3D video as the distance between the camera and the subject increases. Using aligned, high-quality front surface mirrors, the Stereo Base Extender almost quadruples the lens spacing to 6.4” (164mm) while maintaining an optimal range of parallax adjustment.
Optimal depth portrayal is a major key to achieving good results with 3D film and video and the Stereo Base Extender further enables professionals to reach their goals.
- Easily attaches to the tripod mount of the camcorder using a standard 15mm rod mount system that is included
- Extends stereo base from 1.6 to 6.4" (41 to 164mm)
- Barska grip included for easier handling when not mounted on a tripod
- Precision, laser aligned, optically flat front surface mirrors
- Sealed mirror chamber
- Front glass covers
- Hard-sided carrying case