Introducing the worlds first fully spherical (360×180 deg) portable video array camera.
The 360 rig allows to record 6 individual videos with sound, which can be stitched on your computer with the software of your choice into a fully spherical (equirectangular) video stream. The revolutionary feature is the lack of a nadir blind spot, allowing you to film freely with the 360 Rig, ideally on a light-weight mono-pod, or similar devices.
The rig comes with the following components
- Custom 360 Rig with 6 cameras
- Wireless remote (range about 10m)
- Choice of 3/8 or 1/4 tripod mount
- Power supply cable
- External battery pack (11.1V 2200 mAh LiPo) and deluxe LiPo battery charger (110-240V)
- External trigger ports on the 360 Rig and the remote (2.5mm plug)
- Small protective bag
- Choice of a variety of colors for the rig and the remote
- Suggested stitching software: Kolor APP or PTgui (not included)
- 6 Cameras
- 570 gr (without battery pack)
- about 9 x 9 x 9cm
- about 15W power consumption (the battery pack lasts about 1.5h on/recording)
- about 4000×2000 equirectangular video stream
- 25/30/48 FPS (24 FPS coming Summer 2012)
- Records to SD cards (6x 16-32 GB recommended, class 10, cards not included)
All specs and features are subject to change.
Things the rig can’t do:
- WB and exposure between the cameras is not synced, it relies on the full-auto exposure of each camera
- Parallax errors will be visible for subjects closer than 1m
- Not water-proof, nor weatherized, use at your own discretion in bad weather
- All stitching and processing happens offline on your computer, the 360 Rig is purely a recording device (six SD cards necessary)
- The 360 Rig will get warm, and auto-shut off after about 30 min to prevent overheating (indoors, no wind-cooling)
- The stitching workflow is messy at the moment (but hopefully resolved in Summer 2012): export to stills, batch stitch, recombine to video, edit, etc…
- Still panoramas (about 10000×5000) are possible, but not great
The 360 Rig is currently in the prototype stage, and there are a limited amount of prototypes available (no warranty). The current lack of a complete software workflow to process the 360s makes it necessary that you are very competent with PTgui or Kolor Autopano panoramic stitching, including modifying a stitching template, and running the batch stitcher. The workflow situation will hopefully be resolved in Summer 2012.
Contact me if you need a commercial 360 video shot, or if you want to talk about a specific project.