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16/10/2015 01:07:00

fman00
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Loooong time since I've posted on the forum.

I've uploaded a video which I've made in 360 degrees.



I've included instrtuctions in the video description but basically this can't be viewed directly from the Muvizu site.
It can either be viewed on a PC via Youtube on Google Chrome (not other browsers) or (ideally) it can be viewed on the Youtube app on a mobile or tablet. Newer phones will let you view round the scene by just moving the phone; older ones may require you to swipe around.

This works pretty well with Google Cardboard (a cheapo VR headmount for a mobile phone which is far more effective than it has any right to be). Wearing Google Cardboard makes you look cool as der cucumber of course (even more so than 3d glasses).

The video looks a bit blocky as it is effectively a 1920 by 1080 stretched over 360 degrees. Make sure you are viewing it at full 1080 resolution on the app even if your screen isn't 1080 as it does make a difference to the video quality. Unfortunately I have Sony Movie studio 12 which doesn't do 4k and to be honest this is a one off video and the only time I would need 4k so I ain't rushing out to update it.

If you enjoy the gimmick (I think it's quite daft fun) then just search 360 videos on youtube- there are loads of them now (Time Couch is nice n silly)
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16/10/2015 07:17:42

MrDrWho13Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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Loving this! If anyone can experiment with Muvizu, thinking "outside of the box", it's fman00!
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16/10/2015 11:07:36

mcmillan-raExperimental userMuvizu staff
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That's pretty cool.

Out of curiosity, how'd you manage it? As a guess render in 4 or 6 directions and then combine the footage afterwards?
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16/10/2015 20:08:23

fman00
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Basically the video is a static panorama picture in the background and then all of the characters were just green screened or layered on. The software to combine video streams is mucho dosh so this is the only way I could do it.

If anybody fancies having a go, I'll quickly go through how I did it (with the caveat that there may be massively easier ways of achieving this).

The panorama proved to be a pain. I had to use 12 images which I later stitched together. Try not to have anything too close to the cameras.

I put 6 cameras in the middle of the set in a circle with the lenses literally meeting in the middle. Then i tilted them roughly 45 degrees down and made a split second video as tga from each camera(so first tga from each camera is the image to combine into the panorama). Numbered these in folders 1 to 6. Then tilt the cameras up enough so there is an overlap with the original images and repeat making the split second videos and put these into folders 1a-6a (numbering like this seemed to make combining the panorama easier).

I did then have to convert the first tga from each folder into a jpeg using irfanview (free download).

Downloaded Microsoft ICE (google it) as this seems to do the best for combining panorama.

Within ICE- Use "New panorama" and add jpegs. On next page click "Strucured panorama", zigzag option and angular range 360 horizontally. You may need to play with options for overlap/search radius if it doesnt quite work (experiment basically). I didnt crop the image, just exported it.

Then resized the resulting photo to 1920 by 780 and it doesnt look too stretched in the resultant video. Use this as the background in your movie editor. Now just green screen or layer on characters on your video editor (by the way - thanks to the good Mrdrwho for his post on how to import tga's into Sony movie studio- I've been doing it wrong for ages!).

When your video is done then you need to download the google 360 video metadata app from https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6178631?hl=en-GB . Run this and load your video then click inject and save it with a different name to the original as the resultant video format is the same as the original (this last bit only takes a few seconds).
Upload and 360 goodness is all over your video.

Now I come to write it all down it seems ridiculously longwinded but the videos can look fun. For me, my video works as an effect but I'm less happy with it as a video (a bit meh by the time I'd finished but I'd invested too much time at the start not to finish it). Something a bit more abstract might work better- some videos online are literally just people dancing in a circle so there's definately scope within Muvizu.

Anyway- off on hols tomorrow so if any questions then add it to the forum or message me and I'll answer when I get back.
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