steve ohlhaber

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How do you hold this thing if its got 2 180 degree lenses? Your fingers will be in the shot or you wont have a good grip.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 01:08 UTC as 2nd comment
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paulfulper: I still cannot figure out how to convert and view my fujifilm W3 videos on the monitor , TV and Youtube , so I hope this new camera will simplify it all for 3D

With Fuji, you can just play the video file in Stereoscopic player. Its free. If you don't have a 3d display, you can use the Red / blue glasses and pick the Anaglyph setting in Stereoscopic player or do a cross eyed format.

If you want to process your video, Fuji software lefts you break the L and R apart from each other, then you can bring them into something like Vegas and do a full blown edit on them.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 01:01 UTC
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steve ohlhaber: I am already doing this with synced gopros. 4k per eye 30fps. It really does look amazing on the Oculus. The gopro fisheye is 120 degrees though. In the player, the fisheye distortion is corrected as the image wraps around you. I really want a commercial camera though as my rig is a bit of a beast. I just hope it is at least as good as what I already am doing. I am not sure what they mean about 5.7k. What is that in pixels x,y axis?

I had to build the sync device. Google Mewpro Bastet from Orangelab. Its a bit flakey, but it works. I get two 4k 30fps. My resulting file is 7680x2160. Quality of the gopro 4k is surprisingly good as long as you are doing violent camera moves. Here is a video sample:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97DhQPPk-U

That is 4k 30fps using the stock fisheye lens. YouTube sort of murders your quality, so its been crushed a lot.

If you want to do 2.7k at 30fps, you can use the gopro dual hero system and that is all very straight forward and much more reliable. That can sync two hero 3+ blacks only though.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 02:23 UTC

I am already doing this with synced gopros. 4k per eye 30fps. It really does look amazing on the Oculus. The gopro fisheye is 120 degrees though. In the player, the fisheye distortion is corrected as the image wraps around you. I really want a commercial camera though as my rig is a bit of a beast. I just hope it is at least as good as what I already am doing. I am not sure what they mean about 5.7k. What is that in pixels x,y axis?

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 02:42 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
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otto k: What stitching?

I know, it worries me because 3d doesn't do stitching. 360 needs stitching. I hope this doesn't mean they are clueless. Optical stabilizer is what I really wonder about too, no mention of that.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 02:35 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: What does 4K mean in the context of a 360 degree spherical camera? Does that mean that each camera is making an individual 4k image that gets stitched together with the other 16 onboard cameras? (for a gross total of 68K) or does it mean that all 17 cameras together make a spherical image that is 4K. If the latter is the case, the resolution will be weak. 4K on a rectangular display is great, but spread out over 17 displays is not great at all.

So again, what is meant by 4K?

Its not eight 4k cameras. The final output after stitching is 4k per eye if 3d. If you are doing 2d 360 degree, your output is just a single 4k video. 3d would be two 4k videos, one per eye. This is for the entire 360 image. The aspect is crunched to fit into a normal 4k video container. You don't have to do the math on the angle of view and whatever, its simply outputting the entire thing as it says in the specs. Its like all the 360 cameras out there, most of them are now sending output as a 4k square video. The player morphs it into whatever device you are on - HMD or zoomed display.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 01:01 UTC
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Biowizard: Last time I checked (couple of days ago), The GoPro/Control iOS app still LOCKS YOU OUT until you sign up for and log into a GoPro Account.

WHY should this be FORCED on users?

No more GoPro for me till they rescind.

Brian

When the phone is in airplane mode, you can skip the login.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 19:56 UTC
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steve ohlhaber: $700 ouch. Also is this thing really waterproof. I want this for surfing where you plow into waves, I just imagine it will not really be waterproof.

Its not like all the older gopros with a real water housing. Its waterproof to 16ft, that's nothing. There is a big difference between gently going 16 feet under water and slamming into a wave. This thing isn't nearly as waterproof as the older gopros that I have used for years specwise. I just don't know how close to the margin they are cutting it.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 00:49 UTC
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princecody: Is there any alternatives for half price?

Samsung gear 360 is a cheap option at $166 now. Yi has something coming out soon for $400. Ricoh theta is $429. These are all similar.

I think the self leveling option Gopro speaks of may be so important that you have to have it. Without that your 360 world will be moving all over. If this thing can keep your result level as you move all over, that would be a big deal. Not sure if that is being done with these other ones.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 01:03 UTC

$700 ouch. Also is this thing really waterproof. I want this for surfing where you plow into waves, I just imagine it will not really be waterproof.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 00:50 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
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Vegetable Police: If the Hero 6 has good optical image stabilization, we might have a decent Sony killer here. Since the Sony x3000 killed the Hero 5, it's only fair it's son the Hero 6 avenge his death ;)

I don't think they can fit optical stabilization into the hero form factor. That's one of the gopro selling points - smaller and lighter. So, given it looks the same, there is no way its got OIS.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 04:40 UTC
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DannoHung: It actually looks like they've put a lot of work into the software. The dynamic range and resolution are just a little too poor for my liking though.

I think 6k on these 360 cameras is a minimum to get an actually good looking rectilinear perspective.

There is a diminishing return on more pixels with these tiny sensors. I don't think the sensors can resolve many more pixels than they have in there.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 01:19 UTC

No aircraft in that area?

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 01:29 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
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3DSimmon: My hopes for the hero 6, 1inch sensor, h265 codec

1 inch sensor would make it pretty big and heavy. Not sure anyone is planning on something that large.

h265 is something that has to be coming soon if not next.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 00:33 UTC
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BobT3218: The term "35mm equivalent" irks me. A 25mm lens is a 25mm lens whatever format camera it sits on. By 35mm equivalent, we are alluding to the field of view. So why don't we just use field of view? It's a far more practical criterion anyway.

You cant, because lenses are sold without the body, so they don't know what camera its going on. The lens will always be sold as a certain focal length due to that. You would have to sell a lens with a list of all the FOV for all the sensors that you may install it on.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 23:54 UTC

"a pair of stereoscopic cameras". So there are two 3d cameras with a total of 4 lenses...take that 3d

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 22:55 UTC as 3rd comment
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teh herp3r: The "popsicle" made out of people on the beach is very impressive!

You see the same person over and over and over. Its not a picture. Just look at it full resolution.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 00:27 UTC
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teh herp3r: The "popsicle" made out of people on the beach is very impressive!

It does not look like a photograph though, its a collage of pictures. Does that even count?

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 16:27 UTC
On article Sphere of frustration: Nikon KeyMission 360 review (202 comments in total)

I heard you cannot simply get the video files that the lenses shoot. Like, 2 video files that you could stitch yourself and that they baked the lens correction in so its unfixable. Not sure if that's true, but if it is, its a dealbreaker. People universally hate this thing if you look at all the major review sites.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 01:30 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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User9362470513: Genuine question - what's the point? It doesn't look good, induces sea sickness and looks like a gimmick that quickly wears thin. Not sure who would want to make or watch this sort of distorted footage.

You really need chrome, then pick the 4k quality. Even then, its not super sharp. They have to have an alternate to the gopro Omni, which is crazy unaffordable. It doesn't look as good as the Samsun Gear 360 quality tho.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
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