Just completed the final testing of my much improved 360 camera system, and with great success! This new setup allows me to capture 8k video in full 360 degrees. The 8k resolution allows for very high quality video through VR headsets, Google Cardboard, etc.
Above and below is the new system in action to record the video featured here. For technical specs, it is 6 GoPro Hero5 Sessions in a custom 3D Printed housing. Each camera records 2.7k video, which are post-stitched to make a single 8k equirectangular video of the entire 360 degree scene. This video can then be edited to add transitions, titles, and even patch the nadir (remove the camera tripod mount). The resulting output can be up to 4k to post on services like Vimeo & YouTube.
Because of the original 8k quality, these 4k converted videos present excellent quality in VR headsets like Google cardboard via a mobile phone. Starting with high resolution is the key to sharp, crisp 360 video, which I am now capable of providing to clients. Video below, which is a calming look at a unique historic property located in Doylestown, PA.
Very excited today, as my self-imposed “launch date” has arrived! The official launch of my efforts to build a better mousetrap–in this case a production lighting instrument. Two years of development, applying for a patent, 3D printing prototypes. Making mistakes, do-overs, learning new skills……and I’m ready!
Introducing the “CL360,” a specialized lighting instrument for the emerging markets of 360 degree video, photography and VR/AR production. What has been absent in this new world of 360 content is an easy and efficient way to light the entire scene. Lighting either has to be hidden in plain sight, just expected that it will be seen, or simply not dealt with, using only ambient lighting. My creation solves this problem by providing an even light source that illuminates the full view of the 360 camera, while being “invisible” to it. Accomplished by a now Patent Pending design. The design allows for quick setup suitable for many applications such as video conferencing, interviews, documentaries, real estate, etc.
I plan on using this blog space to discuss specific examples and applications for the product. In the meantime, please visit the landing page at http://cameralight360.com which also features a demonstration video.
Also, if you happen to be attending NAB next month, I will be there with the prototypes! I will be arranging one-on-one demonstrations with meeting space at The Embassy Suites-Convention Center April 10 & 11. Details on the website. Looking forward to posting more about this device, and how it can contribute to this new world of producing 360 content!
Main photo: the CL360 Video light in use to record a Bluegrass band. Thanks to The Doylestown Jam, of Bucks County, PA.
I was honored to be asked to be part of a panel discussion on emerging 360/VR technology, and how to use it to tell a story. Many smart people working in different aspects of VR/360. Had a fun time talking about my product development, and learned a lot from others embracing this technology in its pioneering stages.
And a video of most of the presentation, recorded in 360 (of course!).
Now that I’m getting used to the dual Kodak rig, time to get to some experimenting. A beautiful clear Labor Day morning in my little town. Decided to try for a time lapse of the sun rise.
As I found out, the dual controller wrist remote only works with the cameras in either Photo only, or Video only. No other modes can be dual triggered with the wrist remote. A bit disappointing, but it is what it is. So I set up both cameras to same mode (2880 1:1, Time Lapse 30sec). Then, just press both records together! Any frame slippage could be corrected in the PixPro Stitch Software later. Both cameras ran about 90 minutes with full batteries, enough to get the following video. I was very happy with the results, and hope to do this again here when the leaves start turning–but capture the entire day. Working on an extended battery set up for this to happen.
The main idea behind this page is to eventually support a product I am developing for a part of 360 Video/Photo Production being currently ignored – lighting. I have developed a process, currently in the patent stage to make this part of 360 content production easier. Design is done, patent underway, and product branding and presentation next. More to report as things evolve!
First time using the KODAK 360SP 4K setup for a shoot. Two 4K cameras synched to a wrist strap. Didn’t think I was going to like this over the phone app I’m used to with the THETA, but it worked well once I figured it out. Actually tells you everything you need to know. The KODAK set up is far from “point and shoot,” but the price you need to pay for more serious video/photo quality. I also found out my ’09 iMac is not able to deal with the 4K video, or even the photo res from these cameras. Since I can’t find any issues on Google, then this one is on me with my old Mac. Time for the upgrade! 4K takes a lot of processing! You can tell by the heat given off by these, and other cameras. When I put the KODAKs back in their case after the shoot, they were pretty warm! My Ricoh THETA the same way, and it’s not even 4K. Just a lot of processing to do the spherical video. I’m still confident about the results from the KODAK’s, just need more Mac processing power!
Just got back from CES. I’ve been to lots of other trade shows before: SMPTE, NAB…..CES puts them to shame in course of size! Lots to sort through in terms of 360 technology, but for now, here is an incredible display from LG shot with my THETA S camera.
I will be on the floor of CES to scope out the latest in 360 Camera technology, drone tech, 3D Printing and gadgets to support social media production. Follow me on my Twitter feed (on the right side of this page). I hope to Tweet a lot of what I see there!