We are working from some time ago in the construction of a new spherical video camera ( www.videopanoramas.com ). The target of this project is to create an inexpensive camera for spherical video recording. This device is under development, but it will be available soon. Some images of the latest prototype:
For video recording it’s neccessary a laptop with an expresscard slot and Windows XP SP2 (or above).
The camera does not require an aditional power supply, all the power is obtained from the laptop, so, this is a very autonomous configuration.
They exist removable UV filters in front of every lens, to assure the best image quality and protection.
They exist two modes of capturing, full and half resolution, with these features:
- Half resolution: 3000×1500 at max. 30FPS
- Full resolution: 6000×3000 at max. 10FPS
The data is stored in MJPEG format in the laptop. This requires really a great amount of hard disk space, but the video can be compressed after capturing with any high performance video codec. Or any video frame could be extracted as a single spherical panoramic image.
More news soon …