Corporate Support Services: The Animated Series—”Ricardo Saves Christmas!”
I had an amazing opportunity to work on a Behind the Scenes Video of a Photo Shoot for MadRag Stores.
It was a lot of fun to do. The video was shot with Canon DSLRs and Nikon lenses and edited in Final Cut Pro X.
I remember when I first experienced Apple’s Quicktime VR technology. I was completely blown away. A full circular panoramic and immersive movie which allows you to look left, right and behind. The Quicktime player would correct the perspective while viewing. Ground breaking stuff. If you wanted to create the movies yourself, you have to spend some big money, as the QTVR Authoring Studio at the time was $500. You also needed a panoramic head, like the Kaidan Kiwi and a digital camera like the Apple Quicktake 100 which had a resolution of 640×480. Yes, I had to wait until more affordable options became available.
Finally, a more affordable application called Nodester which allows you to stitch your own panoramas and create your own QTVR movies arrived. Along with the Quicktake 100 and a panoramic head, I was ready to go.
Fast forward a couple years and Apple Computer has basically abandoned the software because the next big thing was Cubic Spherical Panoramas which allows you to look straight up, and straight down. The easiest way to create these things is to use a 8mm fisheye lens and shoot 4 faces and then stitch with the photos together with something like PT Tools, PT GUI. Myself, I was never able to get great results. [Autodesk Stitcher is pretty good though.]
A couple years ago, Microsoft introduced Photosynth and point clouds. Neat technology, but PC only and a bit disorientating to view and experience.
Which brings us to the iPhone Photosynth app which allows you to shoot panoramas directly on the phone. Pretty darn amazing, but you could see all the stitching errors, which is not an issue with the app, but the difficulty in shooting the pictures.
Enter the Gymbl Pro from Youbiq. This is the only small, specially made, panoramic head for the iPhone 4/4S that allows you maintain nodal alignment while you rotate, pan and tilt.
Gosh darn it, the results are pretty good! No more stitching on your desktop just let the iPhone do it. Along with Occipital 360 Panorama app, you can do now create and share immersive VRs on your iPhone.
I woke up this morning to snow. Yay, video op! I mounted my iPhone 4S [with diffcase] and suction cup mount. Fired up Filmic Pro 2 and shot this POV video of my drive into Flushing.
Once home, I converted the footage using Filmconvert to give it a bit of a grade. Edited the thing in Final Cut Pro [Sped up the footage 1300%] and then used a loop that I created with Propellerhead Reason Figure iPhone app.
I should have leveled the camera bit more, but I’m still happy with the results.