[GRP PROJECT] PRE-PRODUCTION / FILMING

[360 Video] 1. Pre-production / Filming

At the previous post, we said we will film 360 degree live music video.

[Example of 360 degree music video by Go Pro Omni]

 

To film 360 video, we need 360 degree camera. In the past, 360 degree filming is expensive job but nowadays many camera manufacturers are releasing 360 degree camera.

 

There are several product like these.

[Samsung Galaxy Gear 360; Photo from Samsung Electronics Website]

Which can connect to mobile phone and film the 360 degree video or stream 360 video on the Internet.

[Go Pro Omni; Photo from GoPro Website]

6 Go Pro array to film 360 degree film using Go Pro. Well known for professional way to film 360 degree film.

 

For our 360-degree film, we plan to use Go Pro Omni. Because we can hire from the university equipment rental store and most professional solution we’ve got. Go Pro Omni is basically a hardware to 6 Go Pro Hero4 Black to film 360-degree film. The Omni connects 6 cameras like a single camera and it makes film maker doesn’t need to sync up all footages. Moreover, It can film up to 8K video. After filming, we can edit the footage with dedicated software called ‘Autopano’ but also we can use general video editors such as Adobe Premiere since they also have 360 degree video editing feature.

 

As I said in the previous blog post, we will shoot 360-degree video about live music so we need performer. In the initial plan, we plan to film a professional band on Manchester Academy introduced by our group member Phil but they changed the schedule because of the production reasons and we cannot film the band.

Instead, we filmed the performance of Chris Walker, who is our group member and music creator as well.

Before filming we’ve checked how to film using Go Pro Omni and we’ve found out several interesting aspects.

  • Must use 4:3 ratio not 16:9
    • (Interesting!)
    • Since all professional videos are in 16:9, in 360 degree video filming, we must use 4:3 ratio to avoid crops.
  • 1440p should be used to film 4k
    • There are several options in Go Pro but to film in 4k, 1440p must be used.
  • All cameras must use same frame rate
    • It’s because not to suffer sync problem
  • Should tune exposures before filming
    • if one camera filming sun and another camera filming ground, it should be manually adjusted to avoid re-shoot
  • Even though we use remote from Go Pro, the video is out of sync and should be manually synced up.

For filming, we installed the Go Pro Omni on the microphone stand in the centre of the room. The room is low-light but Go Pro handle this well.

Here are some pictures of the filming.

During the filming, we found out several problems.

First, the power problem.

It is hard to source 6 Go Pro powers (which have short battery time) seamlessly during the shoot.

Second, sync problem!

Even though the Go Pro manufacturer said Omni can sync up video without any problem, it didn’t. On the day we found the Go Pro didn’t start at the same time and it means that there will be an issue regarding the sync of 6 Go Pros when stitched into one. We thought this would inevitably extend the edit period as we would need to sync them. However upon review we noticed all footage was syncronised. When we consulted the manual we learnt all the other 5 GoPros are slaved to the actions of camera 1 in the omni. After all we could confirm the frame does carry data signals, even if the power supply was faulty.

After shooting video we’ve found out that 360-degree video is not only interesting to watch for mobile devices with gyro sensor but also can be linked to VR, Virtual Reality.

If we film in 360 degree, we can use it as a VR contents. For example, VR concert footage can deliver viewers more lively footage from the concert. To do so, I personally found out it would be great if surround sound applied to the 360 degree video. Although it is worth mentioning that for VR users there is a minimum 50fps due to the nauseating effect of a lower frame rate. That’s just science and psycho-optics.

 

To sum up, these are the pre-production and filming process we’ve done. In the next post, we will talk about post-production (editing) and final feedback of our contents.

 

 

 

 

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Time to Pfilter (Edit: Capital ‘P’)

Today’s the day I start applying myself to produce the 1 minute phone-produced-video for uni.

Ideas have been far and apart since the issuing of the task last Friday, so I thought the best place to start looking for inspiration was on the app store.

So away I went.

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#BitCam – Photos only 😦

I’ll keep looking, but at the moment it’s looking like i’ll be deriving an idea from the content of the app, rather than having an idea and looking for apps which would make that idea a reality.

I have asked the folks over at r/askreddit for their suggestions of crazy, hidden, secret, exclusive apps which will make people go wow…

Pasty is nearly done.

Gather Round, Microphones

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Yesterday was fun.

Working with my Sound Design group we plowed on with the production of the music track, set to be handed in in a month or so.

There was, up until today some turbulence regarding how we were going to tick all the creative boxes when it came to composing the live elements. I certainly felt it was unnecessary when all these sonic elements could be recreated using software.

Nevertheless we had the guitar down, having recorded several different parts of the guitar from the head of the guitar to that part of the strings near the bridge which produced that really punchy transient.

We ran what we had through effects such as: Reverb. That is all.

More to come. After guidance from Jos Hurst we are realigning our bow and gunning for the sunset.

Onwards, Nautical Engineers. No. Wait.

Onwards, Regular Audio Engineers but with a naval theme.

Done.

HELLO WORLD

Oh how original. Another blog kicked off with the overused phrase ‘Hello World’, like we’re some kind of newborn deer flopping onto the forest floor, still covered in afterbirth.

An oaky afterbirth?

Kind of an oaky afterbirth.

Anyhow. This is the blog which will be tracking our progress as we continue to learn all there is about content production in this modern world.

 

Nothing really more to say, have a few ideas about some videos coming up.

We’ll keep you posted.

They’re forcing us to.