360 Video Camera Shoot in the Brecon Beacons

360 video camera
Well, we shall certainly slept after this project.  One of our more exhausting ones to say the very least. 
7:00am meeting on a cold, wet, windy and snowy day at the foot of Pen Y Fan, Brecon Beacons, Wales for this combined 360 and aerial drone shoot. And then there was the fact we had to lug all our equipment with us to the summit - we certainly left feeling more than a little tired.  The M7Aerial drones and M7Virtual 360 cameras are heavy bits of kit to carry 1.5km especially over terrain such as that of the Brecon Beacons.
The shoot was for a commercial for a leading sports headset company.  Their remit was to show how the equipment could be used by athletes in all conditions.  What better way than using 360 and drones to show this off.
360 video
The 360 Camera footage was used half way up the Brecons, to capture our model in the snow.  The footage shows the extreme conditions and behind the scenes of what is involved for those short clips that make the final edit.  So many people out trekking wanted to know what it was we were doing and kept teasing us that the summit is still hours away…!!!
360 VR
Well they weren't joking! After nearly 3 hours we made the summit and as if by magic the low lying clouds had cleared to give us those vast landscape shots we wanted.  The Park Rangers had been great advising the team on the routes and that certainly made a difference, ensuring the safety of the crew which is critical in these conditions.
360 video on the Brecon Beacons
We’ll keep you posted on the final edit but here are a couple of shots from the day:  We slept that night we can assure you
right on the top of the Brecon Beacons for this 360 Video Shoot
360VR Job in the Brecon Beacons
Brecon Beacons 360 Video Shoot

360 virtual reality UK experience

It's not every day you get a phone call asking you to do a 360 video capture on a 170Mph Superbike with Ron Haslam.  So over to Donnington Circuit, Nottingham for this extreme 360 video we went.  Lots of things running through our heads as we travelled across, where should we put the camera, vibration problems and will it even stay on..!!! What a great 360 VR experience!

360 VR Experience

Above: check out that duct tape..!!!

Our first hurdle was camera position, we wanted to give a rider experience and perspective whilst ensuring it was still safe to ride at such high speeds.  We used a 6 camera 360 setup and ensured it was suction mounted on to the bike.  To say we were over cautious with duct tape is a slight under statement!!  We had one of Ron’s mechanics make a base plate that would sit on the fuel tank of the bike, giving us a flat surface to mount against.  The second issue was vibrations, we minimised these using foam and mesh packing.

We then worked with the riders to ensure clean line of sight and that the 360 video rig didn’t obstruct their vision too much.  After a couple of test laps and camera tweaks it was time for the capture.

10 riders all on the grid and our rider at the back, he has one lap to catch Ron Haslam.

360 virtual reality

Above: Mark with Ron in the pit lane before the 360 video race

The finished edit was recently on the Carol Nash Insurance stand at the NEC Bike Show 2015, where customers could experience the Ron Haslam VR race whilst sat on a replica super bike.  They even managed to make an Oculus helmet for users to get a true sense of the experience.

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