Filming nature (and its creatures) with the GoPro Omni

The GoPro Omni and its 2-hour battery pack in the suitcase, I embark for a perilous expedition into deep France. Direction: the French Riviera, its sun and its weird creatures that buzz in the ears.

This damn fabric bag protects the camera from scratches, but not from camera startups. I had nevertheless rigged the Omni by surrounding it with clothes, but despite this, with every movement of the suitcase, I hear a camera turning on.
Every time, I have to take the camera out of the suitcase, remove the cloth case, find the camera on, and turn it off.
On arrival, the batteries are already emptied one third of their capacity, and I have not filmed any image yet …

Nice Bunny

The creatures

Luck is with me: wild rabbits ride gaily on my natural film set!
Well, it’s not that simple.
The rabbits are there, but only when there is no camera. As soon as I put the camera in place, the rabbits – ingenuously suspicious – do not take the muzzle out of their burrows.

The third bunnyLike the tamer of tigers, I am patient and cunning.

I set up the camera and go away, remote control in hand, not to remain in the field (literally, figuratively). After about twenty minutes, the first animal makes its appearance, quite suspicious, bypassing the camera.
I press the remote control to start recording, but the sound of the cameras scares my actor … Game over.

No more choice: I let the camera running.

After another twenty minutes, the wild rabbits show again, sadly without approaching the camera.

After three takes, I have to resolve this fatality: there is no battery left to film anything else. And I did not board the battery charger, which would have taken half of my suitcase and would have weighed in several pounds.

Editing the rabbits

Back in Paris, I import the images into my computer.
The operation lasts several hours and generously fills my 8 TB hard drive!
Assembly is easier than for previous images of passers-by on the Seine docks. The rabbits are much smaller, and therefore do not exceed one camera to the other. As for the landscape, it is much simpler to film branches of trees, which can be multiplied by parallax effects without this posing too many problems.
The export of the assembled images will take two days and two nights, during which my computer will run without respite.


The result is no great shakes, but works … for a relaxation session.
I’m starting to be more comfortable on the assembly software, despite some failures that I do not really explain (AutoPano Video software has its reasons, which reason does not know).

Positive note: it is incredibly simple to edit the images on FCPX (Final Cut Pro X) equipped with 360VR software/plugin !
Less positive note: 4K is already heavy, but 360 in 4K, it weighs heavily …

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