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"Virtual tour" video idea

Here is an idea - I wonder if it will be acceptable by DT, and sellable, if we make a video clip from a panoramic photo - e.g., turning the camera 360 degrees in a "virtual tour" environment, and recording this as a video.

It is very advantageous when you need to show something with lots of copyrighted labels - if you start erasing the labels in real live video, it will take forever, because you have to do that separately for each video frame. But if you do the "virtual tour" video, you just have to do it once, to the panoramic photo.

I already made a few very high resolution (~30 megapixels) 360x180 degrees (full sphere) panoramas, using my fisheye lens Samyang 8mm and DIY zero-parallax tripod head. (It takes 8 shots on a tripod + one shot without tripod to make a full sphere panorama, without tripod in the scene.)

In particular, I have a panorama inside a datacenter (this stuff sells like hot cakes as photos - hopefully the same will be the case for video). I'll have to delete lots of copyrighted logos from the panoramic photo. I am thinking of creating a simple 360 degrees rotation using this photo. I can even add a real rotating stereo sound - I have a decent audio recorder Zoom H1, and can record the sounds while rotating it inside the datacenter.

I was looking around, and I think I found a free software solution for this problem. I already used an open source program (Hugin) to create the panoramic photo. Now it looks like another open source program, Blender, can be used to create a "virtual tour" video inside this photo. Here is one example:


What do you think of this idea?
10-20mm f4-5.6, home photo studio...
Posted: 11/07/2013, 10:41:01 AM
I think there should be no people because they are still.
Nikon D3100, Inkscape, Imagination, Hands
Posted: 11/07/2013, 12:59:39 PM
Yeah, that's given.
10-20mm f4-5.6, home photo studio...
Posted: 11/07/2013, 14:29:50 PM
it would be cheeper, if i need a video like this, to buy the photo and make the animation by myself with my personal animation-settings.
People who buy videostock usually often have professional software for videocut and animation. They don`t need a animated photo.
I think the video you have on youtube would be refused, because of the wiggly "kamera work"

with professional software the erasing of labels in real live video with max. 30sec like here in Dreamstime don`t take forever ;O)
For a videoproduktion i switched all licence-plates of driving cars. Very great is Mocha vor AfterEffects to do works like this ;o)

(Sorry for my english)
Posted: 11/08/2013, 00:45:04 AM
That's not my video on youtube.

Buyers buy more expensive upscaled TIFF photos made from JPEGs - that tells me everything about their level of technical knowledge in these matters. Making animated video takes significantly more efforts and more sophisticated software, so I'm sure there will be buyers for that type of material. Plus, I don't have any 360/180 degrees panorama photos here, and I doubt anyone does, because they look weird. (I have one which is 360/120 degrees, and it doesn't sell well.)

Regarding the labels: I am talking about my datacenter panorama, where I have to erase hundreds of copyright labels (because there are hundreds of servers) from each photo. Impossible for video - unless it is a static video (with LEDs blinking being the only change), which I also plan to make.
10-20mm f4-5.6, home photo studio...
Posted: 11/08/2013, 05:53:21 AM
i sell videos on different agencys. All this agencys don`t allow animated Photos.
The Video-Buyers are not the same like the Photo-Buyers. Videos don`t sell like Photos and the Buyers are very choosy.
A Datacenter would be very nice and easy for special Software to replace Logos. Because there are clear lines, which allowes the Software to follow automaticly the position-Change of the Logo.
The Problem is; you will pay more for the software, than you will earn with the video ;o)
So it would be better to use Blender to build a Datacenter from scratch ore use Projection-Methods and a virtual Camera in 3D-Space. So you have Photos (with replaced Logos) of the Servers in the Datacenter mapped on Primitives and you can have a complete walk through a Datacenter in 3D.
This will be much better sold, than just an animated photo. ;o)

(i hope you understand my english...)
Posted: 11/08/2013, 12:49:30 PM
Or you could upload as editorial, not needing to delete copyright label.
Nikon D3100, Inkscape, Imagination, Hands
Posted: 11/08/2013, 14:03:36 PM

Originally posted by Celiaak:
Quoted Message: Or you could upload as editorial, not needing to delete copyright label.

That's a good point!
10-20mm f4-5.6, home photo studio...
Posted: 11/09/2013, 05:07:27 AM
How about to meet all together in spring 2014? This is not a joke. Because of this: “The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.” ― Pearl S. Buck
Posted: 11/24/2013, 17:21:07 PM
Alvera, what a beatiful and poetic quotation!
Nikon D3100, Inkscape, Imagination, Hands
Posted: 11/25/2013, 09:15:05 AM
Only for selected people :)
Posted: 11/26/2013, 15:08:40 PM