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Next-gen video technology lets you look around - inside a movie


January 11, 2010

This is a moment I can pretty much guarantee I'll never experience - so it's a great way t...

This is a moment I can pretty much guarantee I'll never experience - so it's a great way to demo the Immersive Media video system.

Now that 3D is finally taking off again at the movie theatre - thanks in large part to James Cameron's evangelism in the leadup to his groundbreaking Avatar film, it's clear that immersive video technologies are big business again. And if the latest 3D stuff doesn't put you in the picture enough, how's this: Immersive Media has adapted the same 360-degree cameras used by Google's Street View cars to shoot video. That means you can actually look around as you watch the video... Which can feel absolutely bizarre, as in the case of the BASE jumping video after the jump. Extraordinary.

The technology seems understandable enough - a Street View-style 360-degree camera that's adapted to shoot video. The video is played through a custom flash player that stitches the footage together and allows you to use your mouse to look around as the video plays.

Naturally, this sort of thing would make a great fit for security camera installations, where the 360-degree video could eliminate black spots between camera viewpoints and allow easy tracking of all the action.

But the entertainment prospects for immersive media - and companies like... Immersive Media - are very exciting as well. Play this kind of video back through a pair of goggles with motion sensing accelerometers, and you've suddenly got a movie you can really look around in, turning your head to change your viewpoint. Imagine going 3D with it, using a couple of cameras; that's if you could stop them getting in the way of one another too much.

Very nifty stuff...

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Loz Blain Loz loves motorcycles - at the age of two, he told his mother "don't want brother, want mogabike." It was the biker connection that first brought Loz to Gizmag, but since then he's covered everything from alternative energy and weapons to medicine, marital aids - and of course, motorcycles. Loz also produces a number of video pieces for Gizmag, including his beloved bike reviews. He frequently disappears for weeks at a time to go touring with his vocal band Suade.   All articles by Loz Blain

this is simply amazing.

bio-power jeff
12th January, 2010 @ 06:06 am PST

i'm surprise that this video was taken in Malaysia. its obviously that the guy jump from Telekom Tower !!!

Sean Foo
12th January, 2010 @ 07:16 am PST

Pretty amazing tech. You can watch the same clip over and over and see something new each time. Really cool stuff!

21st December, 2010 @ 07:50 am PST
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