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KIT COMPONENTS FOR STEREOSCOPIC HEADSET

So all the components are here after a fair bit of research – I ended up buying…

  • 2 x GOPRO HD HERO  2 – outdoor edition
  • 1 x GOPRO HD HERO SKELETON (for accessible in/outputs)
  • 2 x GOPRO LCD Bacpac
  • 1 x SOUNDMAN OKM II CLASSIC BINAURAL A3 ADAPTER
  • 1 x VINTAGE SAWYERS VIEWMASTER VIEWER

Having jumped into the deep end with it all the tests I have done fill me with confidence – the HD HERO jack input records great stereo sound from the binaural mics and holding the LCD screens in place to the Viewmaster is giving me 3D playback.

For clarity on left and right set ups I have labelled the cameras and there SD cards with the alliterated Leonardo and Raphael. Now it is just a case of hacking open the solid Viewmaster and finding a way of fitting the LCD screens so it sits inside the goggle lenses depth of field so that they are in focus. I hope to go more technical than gaffa tape at this point – but I wouldn’t rule it out!

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STEREOSCOPIC HEADSET – NOT BUILT FROM SCRATCH

 So pieces are arriving in the post – got a GO PRO HD HERO 2 & the OKM II K CLASSIC STUDIO BINAURAL STEREO HEADSET – and as toys go they are extremely fun to test.

As what I am making is essentially different bits of kit all stuck to a helmet it is hard to feel like I am actually inventing something – but hey! it’s the 1st build as prototype – and as I learnt last week while doing RED4K courses – the film industry pioneered through the use of taking existing technology from the dentures and sewing industry (dentures for the manufacture of film material and sewing because of the rapid pull down and stop mechanism for the frame rate!)
This video from TED also reminds me that actually it’s fundamental to technology to  “stand on the shoulders of giants” as one man inspired by a quote from Douglas Adam’s final novel in ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Mostly Harmless, where Arthur Dent finds himself stranded on a less evolved planet and after hoping to impress the locals with his technical knowledge he comes to this conclusion

“Left to his own devices he couldn’t build a toaster. He could just about make a sandwich and that’s it.” 

WHEN A 2D SCREEN BECOMES A WINDOW – TRACK IR TECHNOLOGY

 Street art drawn for the one perspective – other than this point of view this illusion is a warped 2D form, portrayed wonderfully by this casette tape illusion…

so imagine if the chalk moved in synch with your head as you moved around it – tracking with your head’s movement! Below is a video of someone who has taken the wii remote and adapted it for this purpose!

Now there are two big questions for me after watching that – on a tech level what do I need to build my own and more curiously, if this video was released in 2007 why has this technology not taken off already?

THE CONTINUOUS SHOT – STEREOSCOPIC HEADSET #9

One easy thing about shooting POV is there is no shot list, you are the tripod with the ability to do everything from the one moving camera angle – what’s not so easy is choreographing it all into into one shot – below are some clips that pull it off well in aid of the story and above stills from features worth a mention (anti clockwise – Irreversible, Russian Ark, Enter the Void,  and if you haven’t seen it yet – Tintin has some amazing sequences that just keep going without cutting – worth checking out for sure!)

THOUGHTS ON CONTENT FOR STEREOSCOPIC HEADPIECE #8

So hear is the thing I have been thinking about – if the rig is designed to get inside someone else’s head and see things from their point of view – how powerful will that be and what stories do I want to tell? I want it to be designed to make others more relatable – in a challenging, not a preaching to the converted way. So the question is who don’t I relate to? Who do I actually feel foreign and distanced from – who would widen my understanding to see how they see life?

Some suggestions so far:

  1. Traffic Wardens
  2. An Elderly person
  3. Someone physically disabled
  4. Nuns – or anyone devoutly religious
  5. A raver on a night out
  6. A Celebrity
  7. Political Extremist
  8. MMA cage fighter
  9. Toddler (even though I was one once I have forgotten)
  10. Someone with anger management issues
  11. An Addict
  12. A KnackerMan
  13. A Pregnant woman (not a pregnant man just so we are clear)
  14. An inuit or someone from a completely different culture
  15. A Prisoner
All of these trigger off ideas for jump cut POV doc montages – it would be great if people could also add their own commentary too them that can be listened back as their thoughts for a true POV experience!
Having looked up the best POV films out there – here’s a comedy that works cause it gives me a fresh perspective – just click on the pick below to be transported there…

CYCLING RIG

(Above) Test film I made for bike rigs for the opening montage of a short film I am making called ‘The Permanent Record of Jiles Davis’ – still looking and playing for the best solutions for the shots I have in mind – weirdly while googling for something completely different I found another video of Chase Jarvis doing something similar – but taking stills…

icci 360 sheptondigifest demo

Short doc of the Shepton Digi Fest icci 360 dome demo starring yours truly 🙂

RESEARCH FOR STEREOSCOPIC HEADSET #7

 

I have been researching ways of viewing back the footage in the same headset – so far thinking about gaffer taping an old school viewmaster, above (and yes that it Jodie Foster) on to the removable LCD screen from the GOPRO – below…

INSPIRATION FOR STEREOSCOPIC HEADSET #6

Another inspiration for my stereoscopic headgear and an insight to where it could all be heading – was this years sci-fi novel:

READY PLAYER ONE

It was the last page turner I read in a while and was like a mix of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets South Park’s three parter – Imaginationland

With the current speed of developments the world of READY PLAYER ONE may be under a decade away from becoming a reality – the book is a reminder that the culture of young people today will be a huge part of the technology and ethics of the future. (Above) some artwork from the film as Warner Bros has already jumped on the rights! (Below) a game referenced in the book with it’s love of oldschool 8bit arcading called STACKS

Can you collect the computer salvage and avoid the rampaging denizens of the stacks? Test your skills with the new Ready Player One 8-bit mini game.

GOING THERE AND BACK AGAIN IN 48 FRAMES PER SECOND…

(Above) The hype engine that is sucking me into the excitement for The Hobbit – this one focuses on the new technology they are using, with 3D RED EPIC’s shooting HDR 5K at 48 fps – with the plan to project in cinemas at 48fps… However this interview (below) from Terry Flaxton’s Knowledge share (more interviews can be seen HERE) shows an expert showing concern that the 24fps rate actually gives us the time to reflect…. hmmmm?

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