As planned, I shot a big St. Patrick's day parade in 3D using the Z10000. I had full access to the parade route, so this was an example of a run and gun video, not of an event recorded from one position. I did not have to stay behind any crowds, so the only hazards (and there were not a few) were people on foot occasionally crossing in front of me, inlcuding finished parade participants. This is no big deal for 2D, but it ruins the shot for 3D when someone steps right in front of the camera even for a short moment.
That's why we edit.
For this type of video it is not possible to change settings on the fly - events are happening too fast. So, I relied on auto WB and auto focus. Most importantly, I relied on auto convergence. I used the 2D viewfinder - thus relying on the camera's report on the appropriate distances for comfortable 3D and my own experience. Bright sun is not the setting to watch 3D or mix mode; but I can pretty much visualize depth now.
I did fix the shutter at 1/120th because of the bright light and lack of ND - this has got to be fixed, and soon. I controlled the iris manually to take into account the lighting conditions, which were horrendous - the sun was behind the marchers, and very bright and harsh.
I used a shoulder strap purloined from an old Sony DSLR, and in the 3 hours of shooting I experienced no sore arms and was also able to hold the camera steadier than my consumer camcorders - the heavier weight helped, along with using two hands. The handle and 90-degree-capable viewfinder made low-viewpoint shots easy and steady. Low-viewpoint shots are especially effective in 3D. Only one person (not sober) asked what station I worked for).
I uploaded the usual 108030p 1/2-frame 3D version to Youtube. This is for viewing the 3D. To get the best of both, you need the original MVC 108060i 28Mbps, but I have no place to upload that.
The workflow was to edit in HD Writer - trimming clips and merging, so as to lose absolutely no quality. I had 10GB's of clips. The 3D 1/2-frame version was produced using Vegas Pro, at 20Mbps 108030p. The rendering to 108030p 1/2-frame of the 21-minute MVC video took 55 minutes on my CUDA-equipped, i5-processor Windows machine.
1. Bubbles were on hand - my favorite 3D effect.
2. One parade group was supposed to turn hard right to leave the route but instead ploughed straight ahead. They thus marched right through me, as you will see. Neat 3D from that, as I was taking a ground-view shot.
Otherwise: fifes, drums, politicians, rifles, kilts, princesses of all ages, red and yellow fire trucks, clowns, and armies of all eras, and lots of green.