How to: film 3D home videos

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THE 3D home-video era is on us and with it comes a new skill set needed to en­sure the kids’ party video looks more Avatar than ama­teur.

Sony Aus­tralia’s live pro­duc­tion prod­uct mar­ket­ing man­ager An­thony Kable, who has been work­ing on 3D pro­duc­tions from foot­ball games to home movies, says there are a few things to keep in mind when shoot­ing in 3D.

The most im­por­tant tip? Slow down. Avoid mak­ing rapid cuts. Try not to zoom in and out too quickly.

Also, take a wider per­spec­tive than you nor­mally would so there is less need to move the cam­era.

‘‘3D film is much more im­mer­sive,’’ Kable says. ‘‘So the idea of cut, cut, cut isn’t so good us­ing a 3D cam­era.’’

Kable says even pro­fes­sion­als had to change tac­tics when film­ing the first Aus­tralian sport­ing event in 3D — the Soc­ceroos’ friendly game played be­fore last year’s World Cup.

‘‘If you com­pare the sec­ond half with the first half of the game, you will see the dif­fer­ence,’’ he says. ‘‘The first half was cut quite quickly and, as soc­cer moves in­cred­i­bly fast, we de­cided to stop fol­low­ing the ac­tion in such a close-up way dur­ing the sec­ond half.’’ The same rules ap­ply when edit­ing. ‘‘If you are cut­ting from, say, an out­door scene of a wa­ter­fall to an in­te­rior scene of a kid’s birth­day party, give the au­di­ence time to ad­just to the new im­ages,’’ Kable says.

‘‘It does take a few sec­onds for the au­di­ence to get a sense of the new scene, so if you cut to the ac­tion re­ally quickly, it can be a lit­tle dis­ori­en­tat­ing.’’

The best ad­vice Kable can give also works with any new video cam­era: get the cam­era out of the box and ex­per­i­ment.

‘‘ The great thing about 3D is you know im­me­di­ately if the shot has worked or not,’’ he says.

Sony’s 3D cam­eras were show­cased at the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Jan­uary. They are ex­pected in Aus­tralian stores in the next few months. JOSHUA GRECH

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