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Three Foxes (A Camera Trap Post)

So here is a post based on what the blog is named after, a camera trap in Cornwall. I had a lot of chicken pieces left over from dinner and...

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Cornwall Lane 360 Video!

So my last two posts have been 360 videos made from images. I go hooked and bought an LG360 camera (link). It's great and I gave it a quick test run last night down the local canal. Take a look around Bude in Cornwall and this little country lane by the coast. At the end, a flock of geese flew by. It's going to be great on Ascension. It's a bit graining but that's because it was getting dark. My clips from earlier in the day were crisp. 

Take a look and move around the scene using WSAD, the onscreen arrows, dragging with the mouse or, if on a phone, just turning the actual device around.
(It doesn't work in some browsers, I know chrome supports it.)


Saturday, 16 July 2016

360 Video of the Congo Rainforest Flooding

In my last post, I showed you a 360 image I had converted into a video of Deadvlei (link). Now I have made one of the Congo. This one is a bit more interesting as it changes. Keep watching (its only 1 minute long) and you will see the forest flood as the rainy season arrives. I have also gone and bought myself this (link). It's a 360 camera by LG. I hope to use it to get some 360 videos over on Ascension which should be cool. Anyway, here is the congo clip.
Take a look and move around the scene using WSAD, the onscreen arrows, dragging with the mouse or, if on a phone, just turning the actual device around.
(It doesn't work in some browsers, I know chrome supports it.)



Thursday, 14 July 2016

360 Video of Deadvlei, Namibia.

So now for something different. I have seen a few 360 immersive videos on youtube lately and wanted to make one. However I do not own a special 360 video camera so came up with an idea. Using an app called Photosynth on my iPod I take panoramic shots when I visit places. I wondered if one of these images could be made into a 360 video. Turns out it can. I won't go into huge detail but I made a video project in after effects that was 2000x1000. I added my image and a few effects such as a blazing sun, blowing sand and wind sounds. Then I exported it. Once exported I used the youtube tool for adding metadata which can be found on googles support here (link). Once the data is added a new 360 ready file is added and loaded to youtube as normal. Below is my first attempt. Take a look and move around the scene using WSAD, the onscreen arrows, dragging with the mouse or, if on a phone, just turning the actual device around. I may try more but would love one of these cameras (link) to make videos rather than stills.
(It doesn't work in some browsers, I know chrome supports it.)


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Gabon by Boat, Jeep and Barge.

Here is something a bit different, a short video showing all the different modes of transport used in Gabon to get to camp. Barge, boat, and 4x4 through some beautiful scenery. Lagoons, rivers rainforest and savannahs. It's less than a minute so take a quick look. I hope you enjoy.


Saturday, 2 July 2016

DIY Gopro Dome Port: Sample Images.

As I am off to a tropical island to live and work I obviously wanted to take my GoPro. I also wanted to try something different. I saw some split images that show both below and above water shots. After looking around I saw they were created using a dome port. I took a look on amazon and saw this one (link) for about £50. A little steep. I looked on the listing and saw the actual dome was only £10 (link). With the help of my father who created a 3d printed backing, we assembled the unit and it worked well. I capture these images down the local river. It works great but the cold water caused it to fog up quickly. Hopefully, in the warm tropical waters off Ascension, it will be fine and I can get some turtle and shark shots.