I am off on a month long business trip, and am taking the opportunity to shoot 3D videos with the Sony TD10. I have to travel light, so I am not taking along a big computer with an 8-core processor, but I also want to edit and distribute the videos while in the field. And no tripod, steadicam, external lights, audio devices.
The videos I will shoot will be of people doing things in normal settings in foreign places. The aim is to produce interesting videos in mundane but exotic locales. So far: a golf driving range and a shopping mall in Hong Kong. It is not a great challenge to make an interesting video on a Hawaiian beach or in Disneyworld (although it is, of course, hard to make a really good video). And I am not interested in static videos of flowers. It is a challenge to make an interesting video where I go.
My computer: a dual-core Atom netbook!
Software: Aunsoft Final Mate for no-render edits and merges of the TD10 files for 2D. It takes the mts (mvc) files that are 3D and treats them like 2D. They then can be uploaded to Vimeo or Youtube as regular 2D videos, no conversion.
and, I downloaded a free trial version of Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11 Platinum for 3D editing.
First task: how does the TD10 perform indoors and outside at night? It's realtively easy to make impressive videos in bright light (watching overexposure) with any modern camera; can you do effective 3D in dim light with this camera?
So, first a test video of a night-time fish dinner expedition in Hong Kong: pick your live fish from tanks, have it prepared eat it, then enjoy walking around the area at night.
Shot in 3D; here is the 2D version of this test night, indoor video:
Verdict so far: good auto WB (better than my Panasonic TM900, but for that I can manually set WB) - you can rely on getting the colors right in all sorts of lighting conditions. and, low-light performance seems ok - no big loss in resolution, not a lot of noise, and not a lot of smearing to artificially reduce noise (like on the Sony P&S cameras that take good video in bright light).
The 2D video was made using Final Mate, no problem on the net book. No need to convert from the 3D to 2D - that is the great advantage of the mvc format.
How about the 3D version? Well, it is rendering now in Vegas (Platinum is basically Vegas Pro lite). The 8-minute video will take 3 hours (according to the program), and I can still do other things on the computer, like type this post. I can play the video in anaglyph mode from the timeline, no problem. I have not tried fancy transitions, a music track, or 3D titles, though.
The 3D Youtube version is here:http://youtu.be/MrB_6APr4QA?hd=1
Took 3 hours 10 minutes to render to a 1/2-frame sbs 108060i video on the netbook using the highest quality. No hitches, although I see a few clips that need editing.