Element Technica, leading designer and manufacturer of 3D rigs designed to mount digital camera and lens pairs stereoscopically, announces that its Technica 3D Neutron rig, mounted with Silicon Imaging SI-2K cameras, can now be enclosed in the purpose-built Neutron BORG 3D underwater housing system from HydroFlex. The underwater 3D camera system incorporates a Cinedeck recorder inside the housing.
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Renowned for his underwater work, Pete Romano ASC currently is using the first production model of the Neutron BORG 3D system on a major feature. “It is easy to move in the water and follow the action,” said Romano. “It is balanced well for handheld use and I couldn’t be happier.”
“Because of its size, camera quality and lens compatibility, the Neutron 3D rig and SI-2K camera combination made an excellent choice for a small housing,” said HydroFlex Operations Manager Matt Brown. The smaller the rig and cameras, the smaller HydroFlex can build the housing, which is particularly important since the housing must weigh slightly more than the volume of water it displaces in order to maintain a slightly negative buoyancy when beneath the surface. The Neutron BORG housing weighs 114 lbs. out of the water, and 3 lbs. underwater.
The Neutron BORG underwater 3D camera system can be configured as a free-swimming, un-tethered housing with operator viewing on the Cinedeck, with full lens and stereographic control underwater. Alternatively, video and full remote control of the rig’s focus, iris and stereoscopic properties can be cabled to the surface and operated from there.
The HydroFlex Neutron BORG housing is designed to remain watertight to a depth of 60 feet, and incorporates watertight connections for lens focus and iris, interaxial and convergence. When utilizing the Cinedeck for internal recording, the SD video can be run to the surface with an underwater coax cable. Alternatively, the Cinedeck can be bypassed to run full HD from both cameras to the surface via underwater Ethernet cables. “The Neutron 3D rig is a real game-changer,” said Stephen Pizzo, Element Technica co-founder. “Its small size and lightweight construction allows applications like the HydroFlex Neutron BORG 3D underwater camera system that simply weren’t possible previously.”
The Neutron BORG system is available for rental from HydroFlex, www.hydroflex.com. More information on BORG and other underwater housings for Element Technica rigs is available at www.technica3D.com.
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