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Panorama Video: A First for Property Video by

Published: 11/05/2011
By: larry

Brett Clements just sent me this example of a video with a panorama aspect ratio that is currently working on.

Brett says:

"This has never been done before. We shot this using two Canon 5DMII's with two 17mm Tilt Shift lenses, using an Oracle controller on a Kessler slider. The images are WIDER, without distortion, than anything ever produced. We also re-designed our player to stream videos in this cinemascope aspect ratio. The layout is as rough as guts at the moment. Designers: Christian Fitzpatrick and Michael Suzor."

This is a aspect ratio well suited to view properties like this 19th floor condominium. The only problem I have is that it get's smushed down to 16:9 when I display it fullscreen on my 16:9 iMac screen. As Brett says, they are still working on ironing out some of the details.

5 comments on “Panorama Video: A First for Property Video by”

  1. How cool is that!!!

    It will be interesting to see where this goes. I did have one "bug" to point out. I'm using Firefox 4.0.1 and although the entire video downloaded quickly the processing circle icon remained in the middle of the video.

    I can only imagine the exposure problems this format presents. This video seemed to have a number of blown out areas. Nothing too bad but compared to what they usually produce it was noticeable.

    Once this is perfected are you planning on marketing the system or do you plan on using it as a competitive advantage?

  2. Wow, what a clever idea. It looked beautiful.

    There were a couple of little glitches with banding in the balcony shots but I'm sure Brett and his team are aware of them and are on it.

  3. Thanks Lucas. IT is having a hard core time at the moment on more than a few levels. Firefox 4.1 is just one of the challenges.
    The blown out areas result from using two cameras with such a wide field of view.
    You have to have both profiles exactly the same - one is looking at a hot spot maybe on the far right - the other, seeing a cold spot on the far left.
    Problem is both exposure settings have to be exactly the same or one half of the picture would be bright or darker than the other when the blend gets done.
    When we get our hands on RAW video formats, that won't be a problem.
    LONG, long way to go but we're learning a great deal about shooting two cameras simultaneously through to IT.
    Christian Fitzpatrick, from PlatinumHD on the Sunshine Coast, is working on something that makes this thing look like a fax machine. Its called THE SHOT.

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