Spent most of the day playing with the twin TD10 cams on the bench.
Managed to get two measured tests done and one finalized with the TD10's in 2D mode. I did some varied ranges of 10' 30' 100' 200' and 500' distance. With the 8" IA I could get excellent 3D separation of objects out to beyond 200' but not much beyond 500' I was shooting from the back yard through cuts in the trees. The close up objects were very poor with almost ghost like transparency at 10' but fairly decent at 50' and beyond.
What was very impressive is the range of 100' to 500' as compared to using the TD10 in 3D mode for those same distances that looked almost flat.
The two camcorders were set for full auto in 2D mode and shooting full wide angle. However, I used the grid cross hairs and full zoom at object at 100ft away to do my physical calibration and alignment. I ran into one snag at full telephoto that I needed some brass shims to correct for this test. I am now modifying the bench cam mounts with a rear set screw to fix this. The indoor 10 ft calibration never saw this error but at 100 ft and full telephoto it was out nearly 1/4" in the screen!
Another thing that either I missed in the class on this or it was never covered was that the full high quality PS mode in 2D of the TD10 can not be used for pair as stereoscopic 3D because the only file formats allowed seem to be avi's and AVC. I think the manual says MOV as well. So, I had to render the test shots down to 1080 24p x 1920 AVC file to pair and complete the evaluation.
Frank- what files format and camera settings did you use in your twin TD10 tests?
I do not have the Lanc synchronizer yet so what I did was just start both cams together by hand ( optical stabilizer off ) and then walked in front of the rig with a clap board and later synced with that reference. I shot 3 minutes and it stayed pretty well throughout. I think the camera's auto adjustment speeds may be an issue so maybe once both cams are on target, they might better be switched to manual so there is no drifting by one cam vs. the other.
I'm going to work with the 16" IA files tomorrow to see what they look like. But, based on the results of the 8" I may need to move to a larger 3D distance location like you did on the lake, Frank. My bench allows for up to 24" IA. I can always cut another longer but wanted to keep this rig under 28" long to fit in my suitcase for travel convenience.