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08-02-2007 01:29 AM  13 years ago
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46Taylorcraft

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animating a QuickTime VR Panorama for use in video
really slow day at work today so I figured I'd turn a QuicktimeVR of a spherical panorama into a keyframe based animation for use in video.

I have a huge job coming up in a couple weeks shooting 360x180 balcony views for a 26 story condo. They want to use the imagery in a TV spot that I'm putting together for them. I searched over and over for a plug-in that would allow you to import a QTVR into After Effects and found nothing that I could use for the purpose that would produce silky smooth animated camera moves.

So.. with a little time today experimenting with Lightwave 3D and Autodesk's Discreet Flint I got it figured out.

Here's a quick and dirty sample I did. No particular reason for the motion, just testing out pitch/bank/roll settings as well and moving the camera around. Obviously some camera FOV settings need work to get the distortion in check but I'm happy with the results.

http://azchoppercam.com/pano_anim2.wmv (720P/30fps)

Here's a screen shot of the 3D model created in Lightwave before importing to Flint.

Once in Flint you can adjust the camera settings just like you would a real camera. Create a timeline with some keyframes and you basically have a camera in a virtual world that you can do whatever you want with.

Next I plan to do a noon-time sky version, then animate a mask to reveal a sunset while at the same time doing some color correction to the ground. The result should be a simulated day shot turning to sunset while animating the view.

What's great about this is you can deliver it in full 1080p if you wanted to. This is going to be perfect for the clients who want HD video shot from a hover of a piece of property, building, etc. Rather than actually shoot video you could snap off a pano and animate it. The result is a shot smoother than anything you could dream of. Of course this means nothing can be moving in the shot.. cars, planes, people, etc.

With this technique you can import 3D models like cars, trees, people and such which really opens up a whole new world when it comes to panorama shots.
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08-02-2007 03:12 AM  13 years ago
rroback

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Awe-some! I wish I had your skills! Heck, you don't ever need to shoot video on the heli, just one spherical, and make the rest up! I could see this being used to highlight a special house, so you circle around, and the video stocks, and a house becomes highlighted, and then a house vid shows up.Rhett..... I can't fly, but the Profi sure can.
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08-02-2007 05:15 AM  13 years ago
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Wow those are some awesome clips!! Great work.Remember when flying inverted that down is up and up is EXPENSIVE!
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08-02-2007 05:31 AM  13 years ago
rerazor

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Don't understand how you do it completely but the potential is exciting.
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08-02-2007 07:44 AM  13 years ago
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Great work DJ as always

David
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08-02-2007 03:09 PM  13 years ago
aambrose

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Really neat stuff DJ. That 24fps made me a little nauseated but the 30fps was nice.
Of course this means nothing can be moving in the shot.. cars, planes, people, etc.
Why can't these be Photoshopped out ahead of time? Maybe I'm not fully understanding what you're saying.

Good that your employer let's you work on personal stuff. I guess it would be somewhat work-related though. Not sure if your business is tied in with your employer. Would be nice to have those tools at your disposal though!

Tony
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08-02-2007 03:10 PM  13 years ago
BigguyOz

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DJ, keep moving the goalposts, I'm lovin' it!!!Tony Stott
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08-02-2007 03:45 PM  13 years ago
46Taylorcraft

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Why can't these (cars, people) be Photoshopped out ahead of time?
sure you can do that. what I meant was you cannot have them actually moving,driving,walking in the shot. they would either need to be removed or left as is, stationary.
Good that your employer let's you work on personal stuff. I guess it would be somewhat work-related though.
my employer heavily encourages playtime like this. As long as the deadlines have been meet I can play play play till I can't play no mo! Plus being the Chief Editor/Motion Graphics artist there for the last 10 years doesn't hurt either.
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08-02-2007 04:18 PM  13 years ago
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DJ

Fantastic work! Especially with Lightwave. Do you have any experience with Newtek's Tricaster?
http://www.newtek.com/tricaster/tricaster_pro.php

For several years I have been working on a mobile TV broadcast studio with the tricaster as the production system in a 5x8' trailer with two pole masts attached and a portable polecam for shots away from the base.

I have the trailer built and the portable polecam built, my problem is time and expertise to use the system. Since Newtek is located here in San Antonio and I have good friends that work there getting the equipment is not a problem.

Jody
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08-02-2007 05:02 PM  13 years ago
aambrose

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sure you can do that. what I meant was you cannot have them actually moving,driving,walking in the shot. they would either need to be removed or left as is, stationary.
I see. Makes sense.
my employer heavily encourages playtime like this. As long as the deadlines have been meet I can play play play till I can't play no mo! Plus being the Chief Editor/Motion Graphics artist there for the last 10 years doesn't hurt either.
It's really not "playtime" if it's work related though. But then again, is it really "work" if it's fun? Regardless, it's really cool stuff. Wish I could "play" with it too. Man that didn't sound right.

Tony
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08-02-2007 05:51 PM  13 years ago
Badllarma

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Nice work DJ

I've a plugin for Lightwave that has never (so far made it out the door ) that allows you to move a camera around a scene and animate within it (you can also use your mouse to activate a animation within it as well via java scripts).
It then outputs to a web browser and or a stand alone exe file.

It kicks arse , I was on the beta team but like I say never been commercially relased
Virtual sets for Tricater and VT5 should be a great addition to the tool box though.

What people have got to realize here is QuickTime VR is VERY OLD tech 10 years plus I think
The whole idea fo rme getting into AP was the 3D was taking too long to render out for some projects I' have lined up BTW
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