Some 3D photos (red/cyan glasses needed for viewing)

I shoot 3D video and this is a still frame from a 3D video I shot last night at the Arlington Fly-In and Airshow. You’ll need red/cyan glasses to view this in 3D.

This is called – surprise – a “hot air balloon glow” when the burners illuminate the balloons at night. The balloons remained tethered for this night time event.

Video taken with dual Lumix GH-2 DSLR cameras at ISO 2500, 1/30th of a second, aperture setting controlled by camera (likely full open). Video streams combined in Magix Movie Edit Pro into 3D anaglyph format and output to jpeg still format in red/cyan anaglyph (false colors). Obviously, looks better before the jpeg compression 🙂

The dual Lumix GH-2 cameras have an interaxial lens spacing of 5 1/2 inches. This tends to slightly over emphasize the depth effect, however the GH-2s do better in very low light than my alternative set up, dual Canon consumer HF M301 camcorders.


This 3D image was taken from HD video shot on dual Canon Vixia HF M301 cameras with 2 3/4″ interaxial lens spacing. I think I prefer the results I get with the closer lens spacing.

3D video of a “hot air balloon glow” at Arlington Fly-In and Air Show

To watch in 3D, use the 3D options in the Youtube viewer. You will need either red/cyan colored glasses or a 3D capable monitor to watch in 3D. I recommend the GTMax brand of red/cyan glasses, available at Amazon (

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High End professional video cameras put up against a high end consumer camera and … lose

Surprisingly, perhaps, the high end consumer camera is selected as the best quality: Revenge of The Great Camera Shootout Part Two | Zacuto USA.

The test “shoot out” showed 5 professionally made short films to a group of industry professionals and asked them to select which film looked best.

The cameras used included the RED Epic ($35,000 to $40,000 w/o lens and options), the Canon C300 ($16,000 w/o lens), the Arri Alexa ($60,000), the Sony F65 ($70,000), and the high end consumer camera, the Lumix GH-2 mirrorless DSLR (I bought mine for $650 with kit lens).

The film shot on the GH-2 was selected as the best overall quality.

Summary of the results here.