Ever since the original GoPro hit the extreme sports world in 2007 (2004 if you include 35mm), the footage of adrenaline junkies going faster, higher and getting more creative has been a whirlwind of fun for those of us who might not have the cajones to surf 50 foot waves or do triple backflips on a mountain bike over a canyon. Thanks to advancements in video quality in the past few years, the amount of creative uses for the compact GoPro has been seemingly endless and the latest viral GoPro-filmed hit takes us on a ride around the popular spherical panoramas (aka ‘Tiny Planets’)…all thanks to a little help from a 3D printer.
After more than two years of development, video creator Jonas Ginter finally created a suitable frame to house his 6 GoPros in order to create the Tiny Planet effect that has been a popular photo style thanks to the ever-expanding arsenal of smart phone panorama photo apps:
“You know those little planet that you can tinker using panoramic photographs? I lead a very simple principle: You turn the camera once around its own axis, it takes a lot of still images, it adds together on the computer and bends the final panorama to a small planet. In the technical language is called the ” spherical panorama “. So terribly cute arise, small worlds that still inspire me. Meanwhile, they can be even easily get in touch with the smartphone.”
“However, in order to breathe life into this little planet and put them as a moving picture, I’ve tried a lot of funny things in the last few years: I’ve screwed my cameras on the turntable and nights trying to put thousands of pictures. Has not worked. I have strange designs with mirrors looked at and frustrated found that the absolute nonsense. Piece by piece, came the realization that I can realize 360 degree videos only when I capture the image in one take. So the logical conclusion was: many cameras.”
“Luckily there GoPro cameras that cover with her fisheye lens a decent viewing angle. So you only need six cameras to record horizontally 360 ° and vertically 180 ° can. Provided you point the camera from exactly. The closer the lenses are to each other and the more overlap produce each camera the better the result. I have unsuccessfully experimented with rubber bands, cable ties, wood and polystyrene….Now it’s time to use this camera ball. Relatively easy can thus be produced interactive videos for events created or unusual perspectives for music or promotional videos. Especially with regard to Google Street View, so more and more finds its way into the building, as with Business View , be an exciting area of application. And also in time-lapse movie I see potential and am going in the next few weeks probably take place with a great camera, with six small cameras out into the fresh air, patiently endure and bend the time.”
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(Images via Jonas Ginter)