New type of 360 degree “Action Cam” movies
A new type of action camera designed for the outdoors debuted last month. the V.360 ° camera of VSN Mobil records images in its namesake 360 degrees to soak up all angles of a scene. (See our initial message, “The camera films from all angles. “)
Two GearJunkie video teams have had V.360 ° cameras on hand for a month, and we shot in a huge range of settings and conditions, including rain, snow, wind, alpine backcountry, on a motorbike and through the frozen urban jungle in Minneapolis.
We met a longtime GearJunkie collaborator Joshua Van Patter, a Portland, Oregon-based shooter and editor, to talk about his experience with the camera and a new kind of format you’ll see more of on YouTube and beyond in 2015.
Joshua Van Patter prepares for a test session with the V.360 ° camera mounted on his Ducati
Have you ever used 360 degree cameras and how is this camera different?
We used GoPro cameras tied together in a spherical array to create a 360 degree image. There were six GoPros assembled. It worked but had major limitations with color synchronization as well as combination and stitching in post-production. The V.360 ° camera is different in that it has only one lens and is a 4K resolution camera.
Is there a demand in the video industry for 360 footage?
There is a small demand, especially in the action sports industry. It’s quite easy to miss an angle or damage a lens during normal shooting, especially with Point of view footage. 360 degree images can alleviate these issues because you are using a single camera and getting all the angles.
Snowboard practice session, including 360-degree sequences
What do videographers think of the 360-degree format?
It’s so new that I know many videographers don’t fully understand it. Yet after seeing things like Ken Block’s Gymkhana SEVEN and other videos starting to use the format, I think you’re going to start to see more people coming.
Who will benefit the most from this kind of footage?
Action sports filmmakers and motorcyclists who ride with Point of view cameras on their helmets to avoid hit and run. I’m guessing police cars and people who use dash cams in their vehicles will start using 360 cameras as well.
How can you use these images in a produced video?
There are a ton of options. Using the images is quite easy. Once imported, you will notice a 3240? ×? 2160 mp4 file. This is the full 360 image, but it is split into two sections on top of each other. I took this file from Adobe’s After Effects, created two simple masks, and aligned the footage. I’m now able to go through 360 footage with ease, only highlighting the highlights of the movie and saving them for final editing.
Mountain test shooting
Is it easy or difficult to manage in editing?
Super easy. A beginner can understand this. It is the same codec as GoPro and a number of DSLRs.
What options do you have for viewing captured images in 360?
Two main options – panorama with boarders, as it does not match the 16 × 9 aspect ratio when stretched; then “panoramic” selections, which are what I described above. You have the option to pan within a clip and choose the area you want to use.
Test shot: images from the V.360 ° camera during a motorcycle ride
What did some of your video cohorts say when you showed them this footage or the camera?
“Wild!” It’s one of the best feedback I get. I have had good feedback overall, especially from the motorcycle industry.
What do you think about the form factor of this camera?
The form factor is pretty accurate. The V.360 ° camera has a solid build and looks really crisp and clean.
V.360 ° camera on tripod in the high mountains of Oregon
What do you like most about the 360 degree format?
The ability to get multiple angles from the same footage is impressive. Plus, not having to worry about panning is new. (Just remember to tilt the camera while recording.) You can get extremely wild angles and pans that five years ago would have cost thousands of dollars in special equipment.
—Learn more about the V.360 ° camera through VSN Mobil.