One of the services I want to provide is the ability to record longer form 360/VR video. Six independent GoPros with internal only batteries gives me a record time of just over an hour before needing to recharge them. Makes it hard to sit them there for a two hour concert doesn’t it! I found some great USB power packs that work great! IXCC Power Bank 20000mAh. Two USB ports handle two cameras.
I use three power packs to handle all six–I can run the GoPros for most of a day with this setup. Next thing I wanted was easy mounting and portability. They need something to mount to, preferably in the nadir viewpoint of the cameras, which I would be normally masking out during post anyway. So I designed a holder that mounts underneath. Putting my 3D printer to work for 25 hours, and I have a nice one-piece battery holder. This is much more elegant than taping the batteries to the tripod.
Incidentally, by “tripod” I mean that I use either a mic stand, or standard production light stand. 360 cameras don’t normally need to be on a pan/tilt tripod.
Recently, I entered some of my “cropped 360” photos into a local photography exhibition. Cropped 360 photos are flattened single viewpoints of a 360 image, able to be presented to a 2D photo world as traditional photography is. Of 4 images I presented, one was chosen for the print exhibition, where it will be hanging on a wall amongst many fantastic photography art from the best in the area. I shot this with a Ricoh THETA S camera, and manipulated it through their software to create the final effect. Here is the finished image selected for the exhibition, along with the happy news I received in my e-mail:
This is the control panel of a TV Production Switcher, specifically a Grass Valley Kayenne, from the US Mobile Unit I work on as a broadcast engineer. Of the 4 images I entered, this was the one I least expected would get it, and it turned out to be the only one to make it. I’m humbled to share the wall space with truly great photographers and amazing photo works. I also see this as an opportunity to promote 360 photography to the public, showcasing another use of the technology. Below is the original VR viewable version of the scene:
The exhibit takes place at the Pennsylvania Center for Photography in my town of Doylestown, PA. They will also present everyone in an online gallery. Visit them at http://www.pacenterforphotography.org/
And if you’re curious, here are all four of what I submitted: