Toshiba 3D Camcorder Profile
Toshiba 3D camcorders are very rare. If you can find one they are
quite expensive. I reluctantly sold mine in the summer of 1999 for
almost $5,000 to a Electrical Engineer from Korea.
Why so expensive? Well for
one thing, there were only 500 of these particular units
unless you build your own system, 3D video cameras are an expensive
toy. (And even a home-built system isn't going to be what I would
call cheap!) In any case, I've include references to other Toshibas
that I know are available as well as other 3D video
camera systems I am aware of. Why did I sell it? I've found that
I did not use it as much as I expected. And I agree with the
philosophy that many 3D enthusists share: If you're not using your
3D equipment, put it back into circulation.
The Toshiba SK-3D7K 3D Video Camcorder is a self-contained VHS-C
camcorder with two color video cameras and a built-in
field sequential multiplexer. It can record either normal 2D video
or 3D video using a field sequential format that is compatible with
most Liquid Crystal Shutter (LCS) glasses systems designed
for use with an ordinary television (NTSC) as well as
some Head Mounted Displays (HMD) such as the
Virtual I/O i-glasses.
- My experiences with this camera and
- Correspondence exchanged about this camera.
- About this particular system.
- Links to other SK-3D7K's on the web that are either for
sale or are being used:
- A company that uses the Toshiba stereocamcorder and has
information on various playback devices -- as well as
viewing devices, including projection.
- Links to alternatives to the SK-3D7K I'm aware of:
- A vendor of 3D video products who use to have a listing
for a new Toshiba SK-3D7K with its original packaging.
(I checked recently but could not find this listing.)
Michael Starks, the primary contact person for this
site, had claimed in some literature I received
from him that the Toshiba video was "Betacam quality". I'm
pretty sure that he was referring to the video output signal
from camcorder, not tapes recorded on it. (I personally don't
have the equipment or experience to verify that claim.)
- Nu-View® 3-D Adapter
- An adapter than can be used on
"virtually any camcorder" to produce field-sequential video.
- A 3D video products manufacturer which
has a very nice
3D video camera
(not camcorder) for approximately $8,000 (last time I saw one).
They also make shutter glasses and projectors.
- Bruns-cam 3D
- A clever computer-based solution
for capturing 3D video images.
- Other Links of Interest
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