Avatar's Cameron-Pace 3D Camera Rig Review

Posted: August 23, 2010
Avatar's Cameron-Pace 3D Camera Rig Review

Director James Cameron joins Kevin Pereira for a special Gadget Pr0n as they take a look at the Cameron-Pace 3D camera rig, the same camera used to create the 3D effects of the award winning movie.

What You Need To Know

  • This camera is called a mini beam splitter rig and is set up inverted to be hand-held.
  • This rig was specifically created for the movie from two Sony cameras.
  • Unlike most 3D cameras, the Pace doesn't use two side by side cameras for 3D effects.
  • Instead, it uses two cameras on the top and bottom to recreate how the 3D space will look on screen.
  • This technology is known as "fusion 3D."
  • The beam splitter allows the two lenses to merge inside each other as the top camera can move side to side to change the interocular distance or change angles to control the convergence.
  • It's a silent and fast 9 axis motion control system.
  • The rig weighs 28 lbs.
  • The two cameras must be finely calibrated in order to be doing the same thing at the exact same time.


  • "Up there."


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  • g4tvroxdahouse

    Very nice. I want one. One thing: "The two cameras must be finely calibrated"- never trust just a spell checker. :-) For catching that do I get one of those cameras? Cameron is the MAN by the way - can't wait to see what he does next.

    Posted: August 23, 2010 7:48 PM