First GoPro Omni reviews are up!

Some time ago GoPro released news about the GoPro Omni Rig. Genlocked cameras packaged in one box are now in the wild and some users have already got the first demo rigs for reviews.

Jeremy Sciarappa has posted on his YouTube channel a complete review of the new system:

Check it out it seems like a complete product but still has some limitations. Shame its not a 3D 360 out of the box, but I guess we will have to wait for that a little longer?

Source img: The verge

 

How NOT to shoot in 360

YouTube Creators program released a cool video that people new to 360 film making should check out. It outlines the basics limitations of 360 cameras and talks about how the audience may feel  for example if you put the camera on a selfie stick and carry it next to yourself. Turns our if you want to have the camera in motion its a good idea to shoot in car. Check it out!

One of our first 360 videos was shot in a car, take a look. Beware its in Polish 🙂

Captured in 360 Degrees by Vogue Rodney Mullen New Tricks

Rodney Mullen, who three decades ago invented many of the tricks on which modern skateboarding is based, steps inside fashion photographer Steven Sebring’s revolutionary 360 studio for his first major release of footage in 12 years, including several never seen before moves. Watch the exclusive short film Liminal here.


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Rodney Mullen Debuts New Tricks, Captured in 360 Degrees

Featuring: Rodney Mullen
Director: Steven Sebring

Kodak sp 360 4K camera mount 3d printed + Xiro Drone

Long time no posts! I have been busy trying to work out how to mount 360 cameras on a consumer drone. As it turns out its possible! I was worried about that the Kodak sp 360 4K dual cameras will be to heavy for a drone like Xiro to get some lift!

Design was done in Autodesk 123D free modeling software.  I first looked at some other 3D printed drone dampers and remixed for using the Kodak 360 4K mount. If you find this interesting or would like to 3D print your own drone mount for 360 cameras please let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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Hugvr is the easiest way to livestream 360° video

Norikazu Takagi CEO of Ducklings Inc. living in Japan is making “The easiest way to 360 degree livestream service. Currently supporting Ricoh Theta 360 cameras, soon Gear 360 and  Nikon Keymission & Vuse support is planned.

We reached out to him and asked a few questions. His story is that he would want to attened his grand-sons wedding but he cannot move from bed. Many people may be in a similar situation where they would like to be part of something but cannot because of physical distance. Hugvr letts users easily stream and (coming soon) embed 360 video is about to change that. Head on to HUG(β): https://hugvr.com/and have a look how 360 livestreaming currently works. The company is based in Japan.  http://ducklings.jp/

Norikazu asked about what does he think about the current 360 cameras and what can be improved for user experience replied:

In the next two years, the function will be greatly improved.
A lot of people will have as in the previous digital camera that smartphone will be released. Image quality and FPS will be improved, then users can good experience with HMD .

Hacking arduino Dual Mobius Cameras wireless remote for 3D/360 video.

Mobius cameras are cheap. They can deliver 720p@60FPS, or 1080p@30FPS. The main problem for using them to shoot 360 or 3D video is that there is no way to simultaneously trigger the record button. There is no remote control like in goPro. The cameras also have a rolling shutter problem, so they need to be kept in one place or at least stabilized with a gimbal. For every need there has to be a solution. Read on if you want to learn more on how this worked out.

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All you need to know about 3D Audio for 360 Video Creators

Very interesting podcast created by a group of 3D audio professionals. People on the live stream talk all about 3D immersive audio, binaural recordings, software and techniques to record sound for VR use. If you are shooting 360 video this is definitely worth the watch. Enjoy!

Who is presenting?
Hosted by Sarah Hill, Chief Storyteller, StoryUP
Varun Nair VP Products, Two Big Ears
Dillion Cower, Software Engineer, Google Jump
Nicholas Whitaker, Media Outreach Manager
Dr. Eric Fassbender, Atmosphaeres Virtual

360 cameras you can buy now – Bublcam vs Theta S vs 360Fly vs PixPro SP360 4K

Gizmodo published a very cool video showing off the most popular 360 cameras that are available on the market right now. Quality and price varies but all I can say that the winner here is the PixPro SP360 4K. It delivers the most sharp video and has the option of using a dual kit to eliminate the blind spot. Watch the video below and see for yourself:

 

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Theta S Dual Lens, 190 degree, 1920 x 180 pixel res. no blind spot
$350

bublcam

Bublcam Quad lens, 160 defree per lens, 1440 x 1440 pixel res. no blind spot
$800

360fly

360Fly Single Lens, 240 degree, 1504 x 1504 pixel res. blind spot visible
$400

 

 

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PixPro SP360 4k Single Lens, 235 degree, 2880 x 2880 blind spot visible
$500
$900 optional Dual Kit no blind spot.

VRLA Expo First Impressions 2016

Time & Place: 23.01.2016 – Los Angeles Convention Centre. Special thanks to Maciej managing partner of  Cardboardy.pl for sending us the tips  about whats going on in USA regarding 360 video.  His company  works on sphrerical video production and  making custom Google Cardboard projects.

So what was this event all about? Check out the video from 2015 it shows off what kind of event this is. The review below is about what was going on in the 2016 edition.

  • companies offering 360 rigs & grips ect.
  • companies offering 360 video production and post production services
  • companies offering 360 camera set-ups. From shooting, stiching to Live video automatic stiching / publishing.
  • Lots of things going on in the educational space of 360 video
  • HMD Manufacturers from Google Cardboard to Oculus
  • Interesting VR controllers
  • Other cool stuff

Michael Kinter 360Heros Inc. CEO/ Founder in a brief interview told us that since 2011 more the

  • 6.000 camera rigs have been shipped and thats good for high quality content creators.
  • 5.356 active content Creators

Crazy 16 camera rig from CODEX

16 codex cameras head VR rig

Binarual 360 frin 360Heros Microphone setup. 8 ears! I wonder how this works in post-production and spatial audio positioning.

360 hereos binarual

Heros360 set ups were the most popular on the show.

goprohereos


Realtime 360 streaming with stiching with a PC connected. Unfortunatly you could see thes stich lines when crossing them. Needs to be calibrated and set before shooting.

realtime 360


Freedom360 showed off some high quality rigs. They claim to be the high-end of 360 video production. The rigs they offer are high quality. The company also offers 360 video tutorials using Kolor’s software package.

freedom360


Check out Putterfish a different approach to show off 360 video in a interactive dome effect. Cool concept has been around for a while – if  we need to show our video to more people at one time and get the wow effect 🙂

360-dome

 


“SPHERICA” so called a Russian fellow showed off a motorized 360 camera monopod rig. Looks like a really cool project! Maybe he cab add a Binarual Head to this and see how people react when they see it going around on a toy car!

genlocked 360 camera reinforced

motorized camera 360

stabilzed 360 monopod

Thanks for reading this post I hope you liked it and leave a comment if you find something interesting!

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