I've decided to gain some experience with creating 360° and virtual reality immersive multimedia. As a journalist, my focus will be on exploring the best way to exploit this technology to bring stories to life and better engage a new generation of digital native. I'm starting cheap. Very cheap in fact.
The camera I've built is based on designs from U.K.-based developer and multimedia specialist, Stephen Jones. At the bottom end of his range of DIY designs is the Brahma Duo. It comprises of a 3D-printed chassis that holds two Xiaomi Yi action cameras back-to-back. To ensure a full 360°x360° field of view, I modified the cameras with two 220° lenses. The videos and photos produced by each camera are joined together using software (Autopano Video 2.3) to create the final rendered 360° product.
In future posts I'll write in more detail about the experience of building the rig and using the software. For now, I'm learning to use both. Below is an example of my first tests with the rig. Important Note: view the video with either Chrome or Firefox to get the full 360° experience. Safari doesn't support 360 at the present time. And set the resolution as high as it will go. Enjoy!