My talk about 360 video at Oculus Connect 4 is now online! It's a high-level summary about the current state of 360 video including equipment and workflow, followed by a chat with Paul Raphaël and Ryan Horrigan of Félix & Paul Studios about the making of MIYUBI.Read More
I did some experiments yesterday about how one might do picture-in-picture in VR180 (stereoscopic 180). The video is made for VR headsets, so I'm only providing a link to download the video instead of uploading it as a stereo 360Read More
The monoscopic bullet time video created by the Insta360 ONE camera can easily be converted to a 3D video by showing it separately to each eye with a time offset (1 frame). Because the camera is in motion (mostly) horizontally, a time delay creates a virtual left and right eye's point of view.Read More
360 video comparison from 11 360 cameras in September, 2017, including Z CAM S1, Garmin VIRB 360 (raw and in-camera stitch), Insta360 ONE, Xiaomi MiJia Sphere, Samsung Gear 360 (2017), Samsung Gear 360 (2015), Insta360 Nano, Nikon KeyMission 360, Ricoh Theta S, LG 360 Cam, and Giroptic iO (pre-production).
Original videos were placed in a 3840 x 1920 timeline and exported as h.264 at 50-65 Mbps VBR. Download the video and sideload it into a Samsung Gear VR or other headset to see it in the best possible quality.
I posted a video of my son the other day, and I was able to both shoot and participate in the video. I shot the video using an Insta360 ONE 360 camera on a light stand and "re-shot" the video as traditional video using Insta360's "FreeCapture" feature in the iOS app. All I did was frame the video in real time while watching it in FreeCapture mode and export it as a traditional video. It worked pretty well, but export took many minutes, which was challenging to complete on a smartphone (if it goes to sleep, the camera turns off, and it cancels the export).Read More
No one I know who has gone scuba diving has emerged from the ocean unchanged, and nearly every underwater photographer I know has become serious about ocean conservation (each in his/her own way). Chasing Coral does a good job telling the very-important story about what will likely happen to the oceans (and to the planet) in the next few decades. It's also an amazing story about dedication and passion during the filmmaking journey.
After this long comment discussion on Facebook about smart irrigation controllers, I purchased the RainMachine Touch HD-16, which was really easy to set up. It talks directly to the weather station on my roof (an Ambient Weather WS-1002-WIFI OBSERVER) for super-localized data (via a Wunderground API key). If you don't have a weather station, it can also talk to regional weather stations, or connect to a rain sensor.
I walked around the yard turning zones on and off to test each sprinkler head. I'm going to have to water a lot until the [mostly-native] plants are established; hopefully, they will require very little water after a season or two.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 New York City Drone Film Festival (and to all of the folks who submitted)! I was unable to attend the film festival in person this year, but was honored to be on the jury and to see all of the submissions. The quality of drone-focused videos is going up each year, as is the diversity of content.
The winners are all embedded on a page over at NYCDFF's website, which includes a list of submissions.
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
I've survived the first couple months of transition from a Mac-based workstation to a Windows-based one (still using a MacBook Pro as my main "life" computer, though). The NVIDIA GPU has been required for a lot of the work I'm doing in 360 and VR. The new machine features an overclocked 10-core i7 CPU and Titan X GPU, so it's very fast. But I was not so happy to see Adobe Media Encoder CC 2017 only using from 50-75% of my CPU. I seem to remember that AME used a higher % of available CPU resources on the Mac, but haven't done direct comparisons.
If Premiere Pro is playing clips back too quickly, check your Audio Hardware settings. If I set my Default audio input to "Microphone (Rift Audio)" (I have an Oculus Rift connected), playback is about twice too fast, and I can't get play it at normal speed. If I set Default Input back to "No Input", playback returns to 1x real time.
I hate this stuff.
Tonight I learned how to make a shortcut to a folder on a NAS box in Windows. Happy Christmas Eve!
mklink /d "c:\Users\echeng\Desktop\picturesnas" "\\freenas\medianas\pictures"
... will put a folder called "picturesnas" on my Desktop that points to the "pictures" folder in the "medianas" share on my FreeNAS box. I'm frankly incredulous that you can't just make shortcuts of this stuff from the normal user interface. I assume "ln-s" would also work in Windows Bash shell, but Windows-mounted network shares don't show up in bash, and I'd have to mount them again.
After you do this, you can stick that symlink "file" in any folder and then drag it to your Quick Access area.
You really can't make this stuff up.