My wireless video transmitter and receiver arrived. The 12v batteries and the 7” Lilliput monitor arrived last week. Just waiting for the HDMI to analog converter and we will be fully mobile! http://3dpov.tumblr.com
Second test of our 3D picture and sound portable helmet:
Please note: You need to wear headphones to get the binaural recording effect. To see the 3D video effect you’ll need 3D glasses. If you turn off 3D, you can still watch the video and get the binaural effect with headphones.
In the first clip, I walk down some volunteer-made stairs along the Bruce Trail in Hamilton, Ontario and in the second clip, we’re on bikes testing the wireless audio reception at higher speeds.
For more information about what we’re doing, check out http://3dpov.tumblr.com/
3D POV - Episode 2 - First Tests: In this short episode, we show off the newly crafted 3D POV helmet and my guest, David Guerra, explains a bit about binaural sound recording. Follow the link at the end for the first test video in 3D picture and sound.
I’ve started this blog to have some fun with POV (point of view) film-making. You’ve seen it before - the kid with the POV sports cam skiing down her first snow hill, or the impossibly fit surfer dudes smoking some waves in the GoPro demo reels.
The POV sports cameras are cheap - now less than $200 - they’re lightweight, super wide angle, small and they record in HD quality. All of these things make them excellent for capturing your adrenaline fuelled sporting exploits and sharing them on Youtube.
My question is, how viable are POV sports cameras for dramatic filmmaking - you know, with actors and shit?
At first glance, not very. The cameras generally suck in low light and are so automatic that it would make any self-respecting Director of Photography either cry or wonder if they’ll be needed anymore.
But the portability, quality and light weight of the cameras has got me burning with curiosity about what kind of stories you can tell entirely from the first-person perspective of characters…
So, starting next week, I’m going to be posting a series of videos and articles documenting my explorations. And to make it even more fun and challenging, I’m going to do it in 3D. And with binaural sound recording.
I recently purchased a GoPro 3D kit - which is essentially a plastic housing that fits two GoPro Hero2 HD cameras and comes with a sync cable to keep them recording in time. Together with a bit of software, I can now make honest to goodness stereographic videos (3D videos) that can be watched on YouTube in 3D or at home on a 3D television.
I’m also working with my friend and sound recordist David Guerra on adding binaural recording into the mix, which basically means that we’ll be recording sound with two microphones, each one placed roughly where a person’s ears should be. The effect will be to see like we do - with two eyes - and hear like we do - with two ears. (Apologies to any cyclops reading this).
So, stay tuned… Next week I’ll post a video of our first attempts at building a wearable 3D POV helmet that can hold the 3D camera, two mics, audio & video transmitters and batteries - all this without breaking the wearer’s neck.