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How to Make a 3-D Video Camera

You don't have to break the bank for an expensive video camera to shoot in eye-popping 3-D. Follow these easy steps to create your own 3-D video camera.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Adjust for the 3-D parallax by experimenting with the distance between the cameras and by pointing them slightly toward each other. Now you're ready to create some cinema magic!
  • FACT: When the movie _Avatar_ became the highest-grossing film ever in January 2010, 80 percent of its domestic box office gross had come from 3-D theater showings.
  • TIP: If you're having trouble syncing the cameras when shooting, use a flash bulb to create a white burst, which can be easily identified in the video.
  • Step 2: Make sure the 2 cameras are secure on the bracket, and then mount them on a tripod.
  • TIP: Parallax is the effect that occurs when the position of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions.
  • Step 3: Insert and tighten the screw in the drilled hole, and attach the 2 cameras -- 1 in the drilled space and the other in the attachment that’s already in the bracket.
  • Step 4: Making sure the camera will still fit on the bracket, drill the hole as far over as possible to allow room to adjust for the 3D parallax. Then, drill a 7/32-inch hole in the left side of the shoe bracket.

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