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Vinten®, a Vitec Group brand and global leader in camera supports, has received praise for its recently launched 3D wedge adaptor from customers of Spanish broadcast equipment rental company, Ovide.

The Vinten 3D wedge adapter balances rigs which cannot be mounted to a conventional pan and tilt head in a balanced position. It has been designed to facilitate the proper balancing of under/through beamsplitter rigs and allows more clearance for the under-slung camera, which increases the downward tilt available.

Ovide, which has head offices in both Barcelona and Madrid, provides a highly specialised service supplying a wide range of rental equipment and products for digital film and television production. It has been supplying Vinten’s renowned heads since the company launched 15 years ago, and has recently acquired several of the 3D wedge adapters to help its customers on S3D shoots.

Sergi Maudet, technical manager at Ovide, said: “Our customers love the fact the 3D wedge adapter is such a simple piece of equipment. It’s a straightforward but ingenious piece of kit that requires minimal construction. It’s easy to use and inexpensive and you don’t need to do anything special to use it – camera operators can just mount it and start working.”

The new wedge adapter works by offsetting the head’s level position by a few degrees so that the balance mechanism produces a back-torque when the camera is level, enabling the payload’s centre of gravity to be forward of the tilt axis.

“The issue we had before was that customers found it difficult to level the tripod heads with the rigs, as the centre of gravity changes every time the rig is tilted. We were already supplying Vinten’s Vector 750 and 950 heads as these provide the most effective support to balance the heavy 3D rigs. The wedge adapter allows the head to rest in a different position so it is the perfect accessory to give the necessary level of control required for today’s stereo production,” continued Sergi.

Ovide has supplied the wedge adapters to broadcasters for a diverse range of 3D projects. One recent customer was production company Rodar y Rodar, creators of Spanish blockbusters such as “Julia’s Eyes” and “The Orphanage”. The company used the 3D wedge adapter for six weeks during the S3D filming of its latest horror movie and was impressed with the product’s performance. Other projects have included live sporting events, used by broadcast clients to film 3D football matches.

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