Morten @ WideEyes wrote:
I do commercial panoramas. If this is to become usefull in a commercial way offering this service to clients, then I truly miss more information about how the video sequences are made? Using how many GoPro cameras? What about tripod, panohead and so on? Is there any tutorial that can clarify this?
Thinking commercially you need to ask yourself:
do i have the type of clients which will pay the price i need for producing it? WhatÂ´s the clientel? You need first hand to invest about 3000-4000.-â‚¬ (6 Gopro Silver/Black = 6x 400/500.-â‚¬ + 1 Rig = about 500-700.-$ + Software = ??).
Then you will - maybe - find that you need a faster machine to work with this stuff . .
Not to speak of the skills you definitely need - do you have them?
What will a two-minute 360° video NEED to cost you as a producer? What price will the client accept? For what purpose would the client NEED a 360x180° video?
So: WHO is the target?
It would be nice for TV-Newsrooms (the only place i saw it yet). TV-stations are used to pay very little money for such things. Much of their material they get for free.
Would be nice for advertising (online). Here you can make the most money of course - but they wouldnÂ´t accept a GoPro-quality. So it would take you a remarkable investment first in professinal hard-/software and VERY HIGH skills to do well-payed work (iÂ´m in advertising as a photographer and cameraman for years).
Surely would be nice for tourism - but what are they willing to pay?
WeÂ´re in constant contact with big newspapers and news-magazines who use our panoramas in their payed online-abonements. "Der Spiegel" for example. They surely will use 360x180° videos for stories - when it makes sense and is of good quality. http://www.360impressions.de/Specials_Spiegel.html
Or "Weekend" magazine: http://www.360impressions.de/Specials_ESC.html
IÂ´m quite convinced 360x180° video will have a future on the web. But you know what itÂ´s like on the web: who pays?
Interactive panorama-photography exists about 15 years now. But how does it look today commercially? WeÂ´re workàng on a high level - and weÂ´re pretty expensive. Most of pano-shooters ask a fraction of what we ask.
Many of them ask prices for which i not even would open my camera-case . . . Obviously there are clients accepting low quality for low costs. ThatÂ´s ok for them.
But producing 360x180° videos commercially is quite different: itÂ´s totally new on a commercial basis and it needs different skills!
WeÂ´ll see what will happens.
Just some thoughts about producing commercially . .