[GRP PROJECT] Edit

Once we had the footage it was time to import and process.

The software used for such a feet was the Autopano Video Pro by Kolor.

I believe Kolor is a subsidiary of GoPro, which would make sense as the hardware and software go hand in hand together.

There is a fully licensed copy of said software in the University building.

One copy.

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And the room it was installed in had been fully booked up for some time leaving us with no option but to use the free version obtainable from their website.

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The free version can do all the things the full version can do, but limits your output video to 30 seconds and applies a couple of watermarks.

No bother. The software (if you have your files organised) will automatically pick up the metadata on the SD cards and stitch the footage together to create a flat image which can then be stitched into the shape of a ball.

It is very difficult to speak extensively about the edit due to the automatic nature of the software, but it is worth mentioning that due to the 30 second video limit, we had to set up a batch render which then worked overnight to process the entire video in chunks.

We then combined the clips in NLE software (Premiere Pro)

At the overlap points between the images there is a certain delay which is hard to explain physically, but it is due to the safe zones of each image being out of alignment.

Any attempt to rectify the overlap issues would result in more issues, so we just had to be thankful the footage has come out as clean as it has, regardless of perfection.

All of us knew perfection was a long way away when it comes to this nature of filming.

The audio and video were split, and although the omni had captured a fairly clean sound, the focus of the product is the music, so we had to treat that with the most care, taking it away and producing a clean audio file which could be reapplied to the video.

Finally we replace the live audio and we have an even cleaner product.

On top of this, there is a lot of background audio produced by me (phil) and Greg as we act out our bits in the video. By removing the live audio we have greater control over how the audio sounds. This is our main focus after 360°.

Video quality wasn’t excellent, and it’s something which needs improving before next 360 project. Even after a 1080p export we found there was a distinct drop in resolution. I read on a website that preserving the 4k output from the cameras is the best solution as I believe even if we did output 4k we would have continually lost quality as the different angles were compiled into video.

 

 

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[GRP PROJECT] Research

On the Internet, there are many videos about many things.

For example, this is the very first video on one of the most famous online video platform, YouTube.

“Me at the Zoo”

It’s short video clip man standing zoo and talking. It is from one of the YouTube’s engineer to test the YouTube platform.

Since online video platforms like YouTube, Vimeo start to emerge, people start to share their stories and creative ideas through video. Moreover, viewers start to watch those videos and talk about them.

In 2017, there are a lot of videos became famous and many video creators creating video as their primary job.

There are several famous ‘YouTubers’ who’s posting videos regularly. The genre of the videos are vary from gaming to tech to daily vlog.

[A video from famous mobile game YouTube ‘nickatnyte’]

[A video from influential vlog YouTuber ‘CaseyNeistat’]

Besides the daily-weekly basis videos, there are another set of contents called ‘viral’ which means hot contents in certain time.

Both videos look like meaningless in terms of music quality but there are more than 3 million views on each videos and almost every young adults at that time know about the contents.

We call this as a viral video. Nowadays, viral contents are becoming famous in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well since these SNS platforms start to do video services.

These are the general ideas about online video platform and creators. and let’s move on to assignment itself.

In the group assignment brief, we have two options.

  1. Short video
  2. Interactive video

We want to do short video but we want to have some interactive aspect as well. We discussed about the topic and find out we can do 360 video.

Since we are all interested in music, we want to do music related video.

So after we discussed, our initial plan is

  1. Concert video
  2. 360 degree Video

Since 360 concert / music related videos are becoming popular, we want to create one of them.

These are the examples we have found about 360 degree music related video.

[Example of 360 concert film; created by band itself]

[Example of 360 concert film; user/audience created]

These films are good for events such as concert because

  1. Viewers can engage with / closer to the video itself, because they can choose what they want to watch unlike the general video. (If viewer likes bass player, he or she can track the bass player in the 360 video)
  2. VR (I will talk about this later)

Back to our video, our script is basically this.

  • Band perform a song
  • Record the performance in 360 degree camera

Our storyboard / shot configuration came from this music video.

It looks like a good idea to us because since band playing in one single room around the 360 degree camera, viewer can clearly choose what they want to watch. Besides, they can watch whole band playing when there’s a wide shot.

In conclusion, we decided to do

  1. 360 degree music live video.
  2. Performers are around the camera in 360 degree.

In the next blog post, we will handle about the production itself and how it is created. (what gear we use and how)

Also, VR content as well.