We already knew that the 3D / 4V camera was built by Lucid, best known for the LucidCam 360 degree VR camera, and let users view 3D content in real time without the need for glasses or headsets. It should make it much easier to use on 3D movies as there is less need to shoot, check footage, make adjustments, and shoot again if needed.
Red collaborator Phil Holland gave Engadget some more information on how Lithium will work. "L ithium is designed to make very high quality H4V images," he said. "It's a light stereo rig with two digital cinema sensors. [It] has zoom lenses and is one of the most compact and flexible ways to shoot high quality stereoscopic motion pictures."
Shooting with RED's 8K weapons and other cinema cameras is complex, involving elaborate rigs and serious expertise in stereoscopic image control. In contrast, shooting with lithium sounds relatively easy, as you can see the 3D images on Hydrogen One and then adjust them in real time. It will also be much less cumbersome: "Last I heard that it was around 6 pounds without battery," Holland said.
We were going to hear more about Lithium later this year, but the new rig will arrive at the Market with 3D on wane. The format can't be even better until the Avatar sequels arrive in 2020, but RED is without a doubt the hope Lithium will spur filmmakers to adopt 3D in the meantime.