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Hawaii Laua 3D video shot with Sony HDR-TD10

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I am simply amazed at the results of my first efforts to shoot a 3D video with the Sony HDR-TD10. I just finished reviewing on a Panasonic 3D TV last night's Laua and can say if I never shot another frame with this camera the hour I captured last night will make its purchase worth it. The varied lighting conditions as the evening progressed were no problem, the steady shot stabilization worked flawlessly for the the hand held shots, and the sound was more than acceptable. The multiple dancers from hula to fire and Waikiki sunset were captured perfectly. I wish the technology was here now so that I could just burn a Blu-ray 3D disc directly fom the camera to share with each of you without having to invest in anything more than a 3D burner. Thanks to all here who have made this journey to 3D production a reality including, but not limited to, Don Landis, icerat4, Joseph Clark, alk3997, bigbarney and bravia3D.
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Aloha! I just got back from Waikiki, myself. I think their fire dance is probably the most demanding for a camera's auto circuitry. It's impressive that you got good results. Did it get completely dark? When I went there, there was a potential for rain and they started the show early. It's nice to see a luau show back in Waikiki.

3D also looks good on Diamond Head despite the distance to the ground. Nearby plants emphasize how high you are.
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Aloha! I just got back from Waikiki, myself. I think their fire dance is probably the most demanding for a camera's auto circuitry. It's impressive that you got good results. Did it get completely dark? When I went there, there was a potential for rain and they started the show early. It's nice to see a luau show back in Waikiki.

3D also looks good on Diamond Head despite the distance to the ground. Nearby plants emphasize how high you are.
Yes, it did get completely dark though there was a misty shower or two during the performance. (The table napkin proved an effective camera cover -lol) The other thing about the Sony 3D camcorder that caught me completely by surprise was the highlight feature which was available on playback. It put together in 3D a professionally edited summary of each dance up to and excluding the final fire dance and allowed me to also save it into memory as a 2D video for internet sharing. Not sure why it omitted the final sequence but it may have been due to time limits or to the camera's computer being confused by the fire scenes.
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Just returned from capturing Hawaii's first of the season Bon Odori festivals. The Japanese kimono clad dancers will provide a nice contrast to the 3D video from earlier this week. By way of comparison I also tried "filming" using the Fuji Finepix 3D camera but found it a poor substitute and inadequate for the night Japanese lantern lit scenes that the Sony proved capable of illuminating.
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Do you have some sample footage, maybe in native format?
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Do you have some sample footage, maybe in native format?

Not yet. When I return home hopefully I'll be able to put together something. By the way I finally got a chance to watch the Japanese Bon Odori footage at night in a dark environment and it made all the difference in the world. Originally shot at night with the only real illumination being the light cast off the strung overhead Japanese lanterns the overall rendition was not as impressive as that from the stage lit night laua but with the night viewing a lot more detail became visible.


Yesterday mornings project included extensive floral, pool, waterfall, and Hawaiian garden 3D video filmed at the Mauna Luan gardens in Hawaii Kai. I used a tripod and only used the zoom feature between takes to create a slideshow effect. The results were even better than I expected and I had a lot of fun creating 3D effect with perfect weather allowing for blue sky, wispy white clouds and tradewind breezes providing the major movement of the foilage. (Except for a gekko who gratuitously appeared in one of my shots! - and no he didn't ask me if I wanted to save on auto insurance.) On a technical point with regard to use of the Sony 3D Camcorder I was concerned about how 3D might be impacted for shots where I had to point the camera upwards to get full views of for example palm trees against the blue sky. In playback on the Panasonic 3D TV there was no ghosting or other detrimental image resulting. I'm not sure whether the camera or the TV gets the major credit, but at least is nice to know that one does not have to keep the camera at a 90 degree angle to the ground to maintain good ghostless 3D. (Obviously the horizontal left to right tilting was kept level in the referenced vertically angled shots.)
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