WildEarth TV and 3D-Rigs.com recently made history when a South African safari was broadcast in live 3D for the first time.
WildEarth has broadcast safari footage on the Internet 24 / 7 from Sabi Sand Reserve in the Kruger National Park for the past three years. The pioneering 3D leap was made possible by a custom-built rig created by Johannesburg company 3D-Rigs.com.
"Our requirements for the rig were pretty unique, explains WildEarth TV CEO and co-founder Graham Wallington. "We broadcast two live safaris of three hours each a day, which give viewers a real-time experience, as there are no scripts or staged sequences. It's the safaris as they happen.
"The rig needed to be the smallest size possible, be built to withstand the dust and heat of the African bush and be tough enough to survive theΚ constantΚ vibration of being mounted on a four-wheel drive vehicle. The stereo geometry was also challenging as it had to continuously maintain the 3D effect while zooming from a wide-angle view with a presenter 1.5 metres in front of the cameras, to a tight shot of a leopard's head 25 metres away.
Read more in the November / December 2010 issue of Screen Africa.