In March 2018, I shot and edited a stereoscopic 3D-180 mini-documentary about Bob Kramer, one of the most well-known kitchen knife makers in the world. This is a case study about the project, which was conceived to develop a workflow to enable a single person to generate high-quality stereoscopic video content for VR headsets. Also, Bob’s work is gorgeous, and it was a good opportunity to create an experience to describe what he does!Read More
In February, I accompanied sloth scientist Bryson Voirin to Panama in search of sloths. Armed with a stereoscopic 180 camera and an ambisonic audio recorder, my goal was to capture footage of sloths in the most immersive way possible. The result is a short video that includes footage nearly 100' up a fig tree and makes you feel like you're exploring the rainforest with Dr. Voirin, in search of sloths.Read More
I've really been enjoying using my Surface Book 2, but it's Adobe Creative Cloud performance has been terrible. In Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder, hardware acceleration (GPU) options were all disabled, which means that doing things like encoding video were being done on the CPU. My 15" Surface Book 2 has two GPUs: an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 adapter, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. It seemed to me that Adobe products were defaulting to the Intel driver, which isn't able to be selected for hardware acceleration.Read More
Pro tip: Scrolling from the mobile keyboard in iOS and Android makes it easy to precisely position the cursor.
In iOS, one can move left, right, up and down, but in Android, only left and right movements work.
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