Marshall Brain. How 3-D Glasses work.  2011. HowStuffWorks., (accessed March 23, 2013).

This is a diagram of the anaglyphic glasses that have been most widely used to view 3D movies. Movie viewers have worn with the red and blue lenses for many decades that filter in the picture to provide a 3D image. The Fusion Camera System’s technology has eliminated the use of anaglyphic glasses.

There were numerous antecedents to the Fusion Camera System that allowed 3D technology to be possible. As mentioned in the antecedents section, the stereoscope was one of the initial 3D technologies used to make films. With the stereoscope, movie watchers were reliant on the 3D glasses that gave the illusion of interaction with the production. James Cameron and Vince Pace looked at previous 3D technology such as the use of the 3D glasses to better understand how 3D technology worked but analyzed what the antecedents were missing.

Cameron, is a film director, has directed many famous movies such as Titanic and The Terminator. His early films were recognized for their unique special effects. He won an Oscar for the effects used in the film Titanic.

Cameron’s most important project was the 2009 film Avatar which is what used the Fusion Camera System. He and Pace took over ten years working on the special effects and how to best utilize the Fusion Camera System in filming.

Pace has been a longtime employee for Cameron’s film productions. The two worked together for earlier movies such as Titanic.

When working on creating the Fusion Camera System, Pace provided Cameron with the technical knowledge needed about what system would work best. Today, the two work together and own a technology company called the CameronPace Group.

Previous systems required the use of two cameras because it was discovered that the human brain processed separate information from both sides of the brain. Researchers saw that when a person watched 3D productions their brain was simultaneously processing information. One part of the brain processed the image’s movement while the other part understood what was actually happening in the image.[1] Cameron and Pace took this knowledge and created a system that was able to put different components into one complete picture.[2]


Rachel Cericola. “Avatar” director stops by G4′s “Attack of the Show” to discuss Fusion Camera System. 2010. Electronic House., (accessed March 23, 2013).

Here, Cameron is shown shooting footage with the Fusion Camera System. Note how there is only one camera rather than two.

The Fusion Camera System was able to put different components into one complete picture. Rather than using two separate cameras, the Fusion Camera System was one camera that was capable of processing multiple aspects at the same time. This was possible because of a device within the camera called a camnet which allowed a network of different devices to work together.[3] The camnet incorporated recording, images, and playback options. The Fusion Camera System’s utilization of a camnet created a smoother and more cohesive filming process than had ever been possible with other 3D systems. Directors became able to go back and edit filming in a more precise manner because all components of the video had been combined during the filming process. The use of a camnet in the Fusion Camera System cut the editing process in half and enhanced the quality of filming.[4]



“James Cameron Stereoscopic 3D Camera.” February 18,2009. Video Clip. Accessed March 12, 2013. YouTube.

Overall, the Fusion Camera System’s invention built upon existing 3D systems such as Sir Charles Wheatstone and Sir David Brewster’s system of stereoscopic imaging,  but Cameron and Pace developed a camera system that incorporated more aspects simultaneously and required less editing.







[1] Erin McCarthy, “The Tech Behind 3D’s Big Revival,” Popular Mechanics, April 1, 2009, (accessed March 20, 2013).

[2] Rachel Cericola, “James Cameron shows off 3D camera,” Electronic House Magazine, Uploaded August 27, 2010. (accessed March 31, 2013).

[3] James Cameron and Vince Pace, “Technology Innovation”, Cameron and Pace Group Website, January 2013, (accessed March 20, 2013).

[4] James Cameron and Vince Pace, “Technology Innovation”, Cameron and Pace Group Website, January 213, (accessed March 20, 2013).

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