TL;DR: Use ProRes, or command-line ffmpeg to get 6K into H.264 outside of standard level specs.
The problem with trying to encode and upload videos in 6K is that it's hard to encode 6K video using highly-compressed codecs that are upload friendly. H.264 is currently the standard video codec used to compress video for Internet sharing, and its highest performance level doesn't support video resolutions higher than 4K. Here are two possible solutions. Read More
Video and stills comparison from 8 current 360 cameras including the Giroptic iO (pre-production), Insta360 Nano, LG 360 Cam, Nikon KeyMission 360, Panono, Ricoh Theta S, Samsung Gear 360 and Z CAM S1 (screengrab from 6K video). Read More
Although Oculus Rift's newest updates allow the installation of game and content data on a drive of your choice, your existing data can't easily be moved. I found this article that describes how to do it, but I found that my folder locations were different, and I had to change the order of its instructions in order to succeed. If you're willing to open an elevated command prompt in Windows 10 (a command prompt that has administrator privileges), you can do this pretty easily using the following steps... Read More
Just before sunset today, a gorgeous double rainbow appeared over the San Francisco bay. I happened to have a fisheye lens attached to my camera, so I ran outside and snapped this shot. The rainbow stuck around for a few minutes, so I had time to shoot using a few different setups. Read More
I recently went out and captured about 130 320-megapixel HDR 360 panoramas. Each panorama consists of about 4.25 GB of raw files from a Sony a7r II and takes nearly an hour to detect and render on a Windows machine running an 10-core Intel Core i7-6950X overclocked to 4.2Ghz and a Titan X GPU--about 5 days of continuous rendering (using Kolor Autopano Giga).
I'm willing to leave my machine on for 5 days to do this sort of rendering, especially when it's cold outside, as I'd have to run a heater in the room if I wasn't doing this sort of rendering, anyway (hah), but long rendering sessions like this require software that can essentially remain running continuously forever... Read More
I went to the DEMA Show for a day last week to check out underwater photo gear.
360RIZE announced underwater housings for the Samsung Gear 360 and 2 x Kodak SP360 4K, and were also showing their 6 x GoPro (Abyss) with Bullet360 sync. The Samsung and Kodak housings are expected to retail for around $1K. Read More
After much agonizing about the state of Apple's dedication in supporting power users, I decided to replace my Mac Pros at home and work with beefy Windows desktops (my laptop is still a MacBook Pro). At work, I now have a Falcon Northwest Talon (6-core), and at home, a custom 10-core workstation built by my good friends at Central Computers. Read More
Nearly a year ago, Abraham Joffe of Untitled Film Works reached out to see if I would be interested in collaborating on an episode of Tales by Light, a relatively new TV series about photography. I watched some of the work in progress clips from other episodes of the show and was amazed by what such a small, tight team was able to do. I eagerly signed on. Read More
Simple video editing can be frustrating for content creators whom aren't familiar with the process, and even people who work with video every day can struggle to find the right tools to accomplish quick edits. One issue is that most video editors force video re-encoding upon export, which results in potentially-long render times as well as degradation in quality. Here's how to do simple editing without re-encoding your final video. Read More
Seven years ago, I wrote a chapter for a book about eco-activism. It was during an incredible time in my life between spending 10 years chasing strange underwater stories, and a partial-return to tech. Ultimately, it was deemed that I was not "hardcore" enough of an eco-warrior; my chapter was silently struck after I was told that it needed to be "in some ways rewritten." Read More
I've been asked a lot recently by friends for product recommendations for useful baby things (our son is now 18 months old). I remember how daunting it was to have a new baby on the way. A few friends dropped off literally truckloads of hand-me-down baby stuff, much of which were confounding collections of plastic tubes, cylinders, and funnels that were apparently supposed to connect in ways that might be useful. Every kid is going to be very different, but here's what Mako ended up using... Read More
The state of 360 capture is such that you can currently almost always find the photographer in the shot, even in high-profile, brand-name pictures. These are from the 360 photos coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics by Getty Images in the Oculus 360 Photos app. There are so few photographers shooting in 360 at the Olympics that they become recognizable almost immediately! Read More
Here's a consumer 360 camera comparison that includes videos shot using a Samsung Gear 360, Ricoh Theta S, and LG 360 CAM. I put the cameras side by side on a light stand and captured using default settings. Read More
A lot of my friends are Mac users who are setting up dedicated Windows machines to run VR setups like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Many of them are trying to figure out where to put an extra desktop computer and all of the accessories necessary to accommodate a VR headset... Read More