Page 2: DeepSea Challenger records 3D video of Earth's deepest ocean trench

Sept. 5, 2013
James Cameron’s DeepSea Challenge submersible employed a system of HD cameras and focus modules which enabled the capturing of 3D video for a documentary to be released this fall.

“The M3-F was the final piece of the puzzle, providing a very compact solution for achieving remote focus control with the M12 lens,” said Adam Gobi, technical project lead for cameras and imaging on the DeepSea Challenger and president of Go Beyond Consulting Inc. in a New Scale Technologies press release.

He added, “The size of the M3-F makes it a unique product, and after initial testing, we were pleased to discover that the device was very responsive, while maintaining high positional accuracy. It gave us the performance we needed for our 3D application, where left and right camera focus must be perfectly matched.”

The DeepSea Challenge is a joint scientific expedition by James Cameron, the National Geographic Society, and Rolex. Cameron was the sole occupant in a complex, 24-foot-long (7.3 meter) craft made primary of specialized glass foam. The dive itself lasted 70 minutes, but Cameron spent hours maneuvering along the ocean floor and filmed unexplored terrain and strange new animals in a pilot sphere that was so small he could not extend his arms. The documentary is set to be released this fall.

View more information on the DeepSea Challenge.

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Former VSD Editor James Carroll joined the team 2013.  Carroll covered machine vision and imaging from numerous angles, including application stories, industry news, market updates, and new products. In addition to writing and editing articles, Carroll managed the Innovators Awards program and webcasts.

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