3D 360 Production ready camera by PanoptikonVR

PanoptikonVR released a interesting video showing the workflow needed to shoot immersive 360 video content. They teamed up with a company who helped them build the rig. Erik Caretta the VFX Supervisor on the project claims “it is nothing too complex”. All the files are synchronized, aligned and stiched using software they have developed. The video has to be processed manually and they claim that this get better quality video then automatic solutions. The result is a stereo 3D 360 panorama video.

The rig uses GoPro cameras linked together for syncing. All the cameras are charged by USB hubs. The rig has a fan blowing cool air that helps keep the cameras from getting hot. They claim that a new form of film making is upon us. Stay tuned.

Xiaomi Yi Action Sport camera 3D 360 rig

Recently on reddit user thewiseal shared his experience building a 360 camera on a budget! We all know that getting a bunch of GoPro’s is very costly. His rig is based on Xiaomi Yi Cameras and seems to be working quite well. Take a look at the footage he was able to capture:

Some information about the camera rig (post taken from reddit):

I use 18 Xiaomi Yi cameras shooting 1600×1200 @ 60fps.
12 cameras are arranged in a hexagonal configuration, in pairs of 2 separated by 55mm. The other 6 cameras are arranged in triangular configuration, 3 capturing zenith and 3 capturing nadir. I use this configuration to get a much better 3D effect at the zenith than with 2 cameras, and it also helps with nadir patching. The rig itself is an Adobe Illustrator file that I 3D printed for $20. I’ll be uploading the file along with my comprehensive guide.

Here you can download the 3D 360 version of the footage. You can view this best on a Oculus DK2 using Live View Rift.

You can learn more about this project at VRColony.net

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