First HD 3D MotoGP Filming at Laguna Seca

During the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, 3D and Digital Cinema Systems specialist Pace was in action for the first ever HD 3D filming of a MotoGP event.

It all happened at Laguna Seca, where the Fusion 3D camera system was tested for the first time at this kind of event, courtesy of a visit from the Pace team. Founder Vince Pace and John Bruno (visual effects specialist and Academy Award winner), took their crew and filmed a 3D demo of MotoGP action.

Pace's Fusion 3D camera system was also used to shoot the sci-fi epic "Avatar" - director James Cameron's first major motion picture since Titanic. The film, scheduled for release on December 18, promises a revolutionary blend of CG and live-action, all coming together in 3D.

This is not the first time that Pace used the system in sports entertainment. He and his team, in cooperation with the National Basketball Association, also delivered the 56th NBA All-Star Game in 3D HD to select venues in Las Vegas.The coverage marked the first time a sporting event had been presented live in this new medium.

The groundbreaking 3D Fusion system relies on a dual lens system to capture left-eye and right-eye imagery separately -allowing the recreation of the field perception depth in post-production- and combines two HD Sony cameras bodies and a special acquisition rig.

At the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the Fusion 3D camera designed by Pace was used for the first 3D filming of a MotoGP event, as Vince Pace, John Bruno and their crew captured track footage, pit action and interviews for a 3D demo, to be presented later this season.

The next technical test will take place at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
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