This 360-Degree Video Made With 6 Cameras Will Melt Your Mind

Viewed like this, the world is just a weird tiny sphere.

1. Not satisfied with using one GoPro camera - those things that people film bears and pretend to be Superman with - German photographer Jonas Ginter used SIX, to get this effect:

2. Using the fisheye lense setting, he manages to get a 360-degree panorama, which is both impressive AND unsettling.

4. So how does he do it? Jonas says on his site:

… I’ve tried a lot of funny things in the last few years: I’ve screwed my cameras on a turntable and spent nights trying to put thousands of pictures together. It has not worked. I have had strange designs with mirrors and was frustrated to find that it was absolute nonsense. Piece by piece came the realization that I can make 360-degree videos only when I capture the image in one take. So the logical conclusion was: Many cameras.

5. And to hold them together, he needed a 3D printer.

Luckily the GoPro cameras’ ​​fisheye lens covers a decent viewing angle. So you only need six cameras to record horizontally 360° and vertically 180°. The closer the lenses are to each other and the more overlap, the better the result. I have unsuccessfully experimented with rubber bands, cable ties, wood and polystyrene. Only with the construction of a support which has been printed in the 3D printer, everything worked satisfactorily.

6. So this image was taken with six cameras all facing slightly different directions.

7. Watch the full thing here.

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