I’ve just received my GoPro Omni camera!
The suitcase is huge and way too heavy to carry. Almost as heavy as my mobile studio (3 4K-cameras + 2 spots + microphones), which I regularly carry on my VeloStudio-bike. We will have to find lighter alternatives to go on shootings …
Firstly, the Omni system is pretty awesome … Solid, easy to handle.
Without waiting, I take my GoPro Omni under my arm and head to the banks of the Seine to test it.
It lacks a rigid case: at the slightest movement, the camera powers on. One of the six cameras lights up. Each time, I have to take the camera out of its small cloth case, find the guilty camera, and cut off its beak. Tiring, and energy-hungry (for the camera batteries, and a bit of mines …)
The Rives de Seine Park at 360 °
On the banks, I set up the camera and film the passers-by. Short 5-minute sequences, in different places.
Back home, I import the rushes via the Omni importer. Then I open AutoPano Video Pro to take my first steps on the GoPro Omni dedicated software …
The interface is not very pleasant in the eyes of the Apple aficionado that I am … but hey, it’s not as if I was spoiled for choice!
I tackle the buttons, search, open AutoPano Giga to fine-tune the assembly of images …
Result: meh, nah.
The f***ing nodal point h3>
The nightmare of a 360 postproduction editor is parallax effects: those “ghost” effects.
The fault with science and this stupid problem of perspective: the nodal point.
The sensors of the different cameras are not exactly in the same place (they are logically separated by a few inches), so the perspectives are not exactly the same from one camera to another: the object in the foreground will not be at the exact same place relative to the second plane, from one camera to another. Result: duplicate effects, or objects or persons cut in the middle.
Although I battle with the software, watch several tutorials, some of excellent quality, I have to give up: it is not technically possible to repair these parallax effects with this software, despite very powerful.
The fault at the set and location of the camera during the shooting: if the people pass too close to the camera, they will be badly cut in half in the finale image.
The GoPro Omni camera is perfect for shooting from a distance. For close-ups, we’ll pass.
Did I fooled myself spending a small fortune to become owner of this camera?
My instinct tells me that I did well, and my YouTube eye is formal: the GoPro Omni is by far, so far – the camera that offers the best image quality on the market …
I’ll hang on and leave it a second chance!
Next step: filming nature with the GoPro Omni …
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