Think only the big production studios like Hollywood can make movies with 3D technology? Think again: the newly launched Aiptek 3D camcorder brings the power of 3D technology to the average Joe, without the need for expensive 3D-capable TVs. VR-Zone heads down to Jurong Point to bring you the launch of the world’s first 3D consumer video recording device.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is probably worth its weight in hundreds of thousands of static pictures. Now, convert those pictures into words, and one will come to the mathematical conclusion that a video is easily worth more than the number of words available in the English language.
And when a video has the potential to tell so much in so little time, quality and realism are the only things left that can enhance the storytelling experience. Which is precisely what Aiptek aims to deliver to consumers with its new 3D consumer camcorder, the Aiptek 3D i2.
Peter Chen, CEO of Aiptek, officiated the product launch at Jurong Point on August 6, Friday, having specially flown down from Taiwan for the event.
“We took more than two years to develop the 3D camcorder,” he said. “The Aiptek i2 camcorder is capable of recording 3D video at up to 720p, which is the highest resolution for a 3D camcorder priced below $1000.”
Chen also added that the company was already working to produce a camcorder which can record videos in 3D at full HD resolution.
“Our next version will support full HD,” he said. “It will be able to record videos in 1080p. The design will be different and it will have a bigger screen. But that will not happen soon, as we are still on the first model (the i2).”
Specs-wise, the Aiptek 3D i2 sports a 5 megapixel CMOS sensor, and records videos at a maximum of 30 fps. The H.264 codec is used for compression, while 3D videos are achieved with side-by-side encoding, one of the most common methods of producing 3D motion pictures. The device also has a stereoscopic 3D display, thus allowing for quick previews of how a 3D recording will look like.
For external displays, the i2 only supports HDMI-out (cable included), so it will not work on most older television sets or projectors. Those without a television set capable of displaying 3D images need not worry though: the camcorder comes bundled with a pair of red-cyan glasses, so the 3D experience can still be enjoyed with a conventional display. And for those who enjoy sharing their videos, the i2 can also upload videos directly to Youtube 3D.
The Aiptek 3D i2 is already available for purchase at a retail price of S$399.
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