Sony has launched the HXR-NX3D1P NXCAM Professional 3D Compact Camcorder in Asia Pacific, the latest addition to its NXCAM series. The product has been created to allow all video professionals to take advantage of full HD 3D shooting – through its low price, compact size, ease of use and convenient workflow. This product reinforces Sony’s broad offer within professional 3D production, and solidifies its commitment to delivering 3D tools across the industry.
The HXR-NX3D1P will open up the world of 3D to a wider group of professional users, allowing them to create 3D footage of new types of content– such as independent budget productions, digital signages, weddings, events and corporate videos in 3D. For an affordable price, the NXCAM Professional 3D Compact Camcorder enables professional quality 3D shoots while being easy to use without requiring specialist equipment or expertise. Previously, producing professional quality 3D content was mainly an option for high-end broadcast and cinematography – now, it is accessible to a wider group of individuals to push the boundaries even further.
The ‘ready-to-go’ HXR-NX3D1P camcorder's functions have been designed to offer a new level of manoeuvrability, workflow convenience and ease of use, while maintaining professional quality output. The camcorder supports the user-friendly and widely used AVCHD codec, along with twin Sony G Lenses, and ‘Exmor R’ CMOS sensors, and image processors, to deliver professional quality 3D shooting, while 1920x1080 full HD left and right images enable realistic HD recording.
Several features have been included to ensure an efficient workflow: double full HD recordings are encoded in the H.264 MVC (Multi-Views Coding) then packed into a single file. When the file is imported to compatible editing software such as Sony Vegas Pro 10.0d, it can be treated as L and R synchronised images without importing twice. Also, the supplied Content Management Utility 2.1 software is able to split the single 3D file into L and R video stream files which can be edited in AVCHD compatible 3D editing software.
For recording format, the HXR-NX3D1P covers 59.94i / 50i / 23.98p for 3D and 59.94p, 50p, 59,94i, 50i, 25p, 23.98p for 2D then 59,94i, 50i for SD resolution.
The G Lenses allow a x10 long zoom ratio in 3D, delivering more flexibility in shooting situations. The glasses-free 3.5-inch Xtra fine 3D LCD monitor with approximately 1229K pixels (2562x480) makes 3D picture control easier, as there is no need for shutter or polarised glasses to view the 3D effect, while 96GB of internal flash memory enables around 7.5 hours of 3D recording (memory cards can also be used as an alternative recording media). The detachable XLR adaptor and ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone offer high-quality Linear PCM recording.
Finally, the HXR-NX3D1P NXCAM Professional 3D Compact Camcorder has been created with the viewing experience in mind. SteadyShot Active Mode 3-way camera shake stabilising technology smoothes up/down, left/right and rolling movement and ensures minimal shake, even during hand-held shooting, to maintain a comfortable viewing experience. The HDMI signal type is selectable from Side-by-Side or Frame Packing, depending on the user's 3D monitor. Content can be both created and viewed in 2D where 3D playback options are unavailable.
The launch of the NXCAM Professional 3D Compact Camcorder is planned to be available in Asia Pacific from July 2011 onwards.