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Hand Made Movies
By Gordon Meyer
I was talking recently with someone involved in producing a couple of film festivals. Because so many up and coming (and even seasoned) filmmakers are now using consumer products like cell phones and inexpensive palm-sized camcorders like the Flip for at least supplemental, if not principle photography, she’s seriously considering creating a category for next year specifically for films shot with these supposedly consumer products.
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Panasonic, JVC and Sony all demonstrated 3D video cameras that would retail for under $2,000, making stereoscopic videography accessible to hobbyists and professionals alike. You Tube even has a dedicated channel for 3D content.
Now, Sprint and mobile phone maker HTC get into the act with a new cell phone that not only has a built-in 3D 5 MP still/video camera, it boasts an autostereoscopic display, so you can watch 3D video and games on the phone without glasses.
I have yet to get my hands on one for extensive testing, but according to the user’s manual, the HTC EVO 3D can capture 30 fps 3D video in 720p resolution using MPEG 4 or H.264 encoding, making the footage easily exportable into Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro or any number of other professional editing systems.
Given what pros have already been doing with so-called “consumer” gear, it’s just a matter of time before we see footage shot with products like the HTC EVO 3D showing up in 3D commercials, music videos or even features, if it’s not in progress already.