Game technologie is actually making a round trip with all this VR stuff in movie production now. In fact, I have a few other semi-interactive VR pieces, derived from panos and video inserts.
With semi-interactive I mean, it's not prepared for the web but rather for an on-stage live recording. Sort of like the virtual set in a weather studio: a gyro sits on the camera, and a secondary webcam is looking at tracking marks. Focus and zoom have snap-on sensors, as well. All that is realtime connected to a box with the VR engine running. It can deal with 4 HD video streams, and that can even be cut up and cloned in the 3d world. In one extreme case I had production shoot 20 audience members, then make 400 out of them, in a giant gladiator arena. The show just aired last week, so I guess it's not a secret anymore... already showed up on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyPJp65jwTQ
On Apr 26, 2011, at 2:04 AM, jan.vrsinsky wrote:
> Amazing animations! I love it!
> It would be great to be able to have this in a pano. I was a co-author of a computer PC game back in 1998 and it used panorama-like viewer of pre-rendered 3D scenes and we used animated sprites to add torches on walls or running water in the scene. I'm imagining that something like this could be easily added to today's technology panoramas. After all, some of the cameras we all use to capture panos can record video so imagine some scene where objects don't move from a photo to photo - otherwise the stitching would be impossible - and you just capture the pano the way you are used to except it's a video for each shot and some miraculous technology stitches your video into a pano-video. Krpano can easily play video these days (flash video youtube-like format) so the viewing technology is not the limitation. It's the stitching that might be a bit difficult. The shooting remains virtually the same. And of course this could be used only in certain types of settings/scenes.
> I would love to see links of this being tested and if somebody is planning to try it please let me know - I'd like to help if I can.
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