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How Camera Technology Could Change the Gaming Industry

Camera technology has made strong developments in the gaming industry in recent years, from the developments in interactive gaming such as the Xbox Kinect which offered fun games that were tracked and controlled by your own movements. A few years ago this is all that was really on offer in terms of virtual gameplay and it was very popular at the time with games like Kinectimals and Kinect adventures being a very popular family game that was definitely ahead of its time.

 

However in recent years there has been more and more new content being released including a PS4 compatible virtual reality headset. With the use of camera technology gamers can now immerse themselves in hyper realistic gameplay. With the use of a headset you literally are able to see what it would be like to play as the player in the game, why not test your aim at a first person shooter such as Superhot or maybe take a little virtual break and play Vacation simulator.

 

With the new advances that have happened so quickly in the last few years it is hard to predict how swiftly the gaming world will advance in the future. I would predict that very soon the quality of virtual gameplay is going to increase to be even more hyper realistic. Nowadays, although the quality is extremely immersive it is still recognisable as gaming animation, imagine in a few years time where you can literally see real life quality graphics from the comfort of your own home.

 

The possibilities are endless, here are some gameplay categories that are definitely going to be improved in terms of VR quality.

 

  • Fantasy -RPG
  • First person shooter
  • Driving games
  • Arcade games
  • Simulation games
  • City builder style games
  • Puzzle and brain teasers
  • Sports games

 

In terms of how we will play these virtual reality games the concept shouldn’t stray too much from how it is now. With virtual reality headsets and gauntlets being an effective means of immersive ness, there is no reason why it should change apart from improvements to the quality and realism. You can expect to see a high quality virtual reality headset that provides solid 360 degree viewing angles with realistic high definition graphics. The gauntlets or wands will be even more responsive and without any of those pesky bugs or issues.

 

Camera technology has undergone massive developments, cameras are getting smaller and more high quality meaning that a more professional standard can be easily achieved in terms of camera quality. Those developments in technology have also been implemented into the gaming world. Consoles are fitted with the highest quality cameras meaning that gameplay quality has improved. One of the most drastic improvements was seen with the Xbox Kinect, this was the first console where you could control characters without the need of holding some kind of sensor. This freedom to just sync your bodies to the game was a huge development offering users a very unique gaming experience. The Kinect was also marketed as a fitness tool much like the older Wii fit boards, it was believed that the Kinect could be used to get some exercise.

 

The gaming industry is an industry that is constantly changing in terms of what is popular, this can make it hard to know what is going to go down well with the public so when new releases come around they must be fresh and impactful.

 

The gaming world as a whole has undergone massive changes and improvements lately, it seems that each and every game has received an update recently. From console games to mobile games including AFK arena, a mobile game that challenges you to build an army, and updates have been made to the AFK arena codes to improve the overall experience of the game. Use these updated codes to gain access to new rewards such as diamonds that allow you to buy extra features and make the game a lot more interesting,easily.

 

Overall, camera technology is developing so much and so quickly that who knows what the future holds for virtual reality gaming. It’s only going to get much more mainstream with each and everyone having some form of virtual reality gaming in their homes. Like the common xbox console as updates are constantly being made a VR Console will become very common and more affordable. Camera technology is changing so much with cameras being much more capable of tracking your movements to create an immersive gameplay experience.

 

Keep an eye out for new VR products coming onto the market, there’s going to be some great additions to the gaming world pretty soon and thanks to the increased popularity of these kinds of games it would be expected that sales are going to increase significantly.

 

 

How to Shoot a Video with a 360 Degree Camera

With access points like YouTube, Twitch and Vimeo and leaving out many others, there’s no better time to be in film! Yet, in this day and age, it is often hard to stand out in any industry, and arguably even more so in the film sphere. So, what can you do to really shine through the copious amounts of amateur directors and videographers? Get a 360-degree camera!

A 360-degree camera is a great piece of kit that can give you that edge in the movie business. Rather than just having a stable shot that may cover 90-degrees this gives you access to a full circle’s worth of footage.

Obviously with this unique equipment you’ll need a little know-how when using it.

You’re filming with your eyes covered!

Firstly be aware that you will be filming blind, the benefit of a normal camcorder is that you have a view-finder and a live-view option whereas with a 360 camera this isn’t available, so know your shot, this may take a while to get the perfect shot but it’ll all be worth it when you do!

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.

It is imperative that you pick a nice day to film. This isn’t to say that you can’t go out and record on days that are slightly overcast or windy. JUST. AVOID. RAIN. Unless you intend to have a dynamic shot in which the audience are supposed to see drips on the lens you need to pick a different day.

Hide and Seek!

The camera is 360-degrees which means that it can see all around itself, so again a key difference between this and a standard camera is that you do not have the safety of cowering behind it. It’s often said in theatre that if you can see the audience, the audience can see you. Although this sounds very ominous and remnant of ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’, if you can see the camera, the camera can see you. Make sure that if you’re not the subject to find a nearby tree or a box to crouch behind.

Wild at Heart.

There is nothing wrong with any other camera, and the utilisation of multiple different pieces can really make a difference to the quality of your production, as a result don’t over-use your 360-degree camera, even if it does look shiny! There are times and places to set it up, mainly in open spaces like fields or deserts, where you may want a beautiful establishing shot of an environment. Placing the equipment in a cupboard, or a hallway where most of the surroundings aren’t very eye-catching is arguably a waste of battery and use.

Getting yourself out there.

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360 Degree Cameras Explained

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra pair of eyes at the back of your head to see and enjoy what’s happening behind you? Unfortunately, we cannot afford that, but what you can get instead is a 360-degree camera, which offers a 360-degree view of your surroundings!

360-degree Cameras

Also called as “omnidirectional” cameras, which mean “in-all-direction,” the 360-degree cameras capture a field of view in a spherical angle or a complete circle on a horizontal plane. However, the concept of panoramic viewing is nothing new but dates back to the eighteenth century.

A Brief History

It was in 1787, Robert Barker, an English painter, coined the word “panorama” when he displayed his paintings on a cylindrical surface. However, when photography was introduced in 1826, people became less interested in paintings, as photos proved to be more realistic.

No sooner in 1843, Joseph Puchberger, an Austrian, invented the first panoramic camera but could only record a 150-degree field of view. A little more than a decade later, Englishman M. Garrela invented the camera that could rotate around its axis, thus capturing a 360-degree view. Post this, many panoramic cameras were designed using different lenses but weighed over a ton.

Thus, keeping history aside, here is a whole new age of 360-degree cameras that use both the principles of panoramic photography and snap-shooting.

Working of a 360-degree Camera

You can create a 360-degree image in two ways:

1.    Taking a single shot using a pair of lenses or a very wide-angle lens, [or]

2.    Recording multiple photos from different viewing angles and then stitching them together.

Overall Process – In most consumer-centric 360-degree cameras, the second method of capturing and stitching is applicable. Such cameras have dual fisheye lenses located on either side of its body, and each lens offers a 180-degree viewing angle. The camera then records two different images or videos using the dual fisheye lenses in a 180-degree field of view and stitches both the images or videos. The process of stitching can either happen within the camera or carried out using the free companion software in just one click.

Principle of Stitching – What you need to know is that the field of view in each lens is a little more than 180-degrees but less than 200-degrees. Thus, the combined 400-degree angle of view creates an overlap, which helps to conceal the seam created while stitching both the images/videos together. Therefore, the outcome is a 360 image with a very subtle seam.

Role of Sensors – Each lens in the 360 camera is backed by a sensor, which on average, can record 4K resolution at 30 full frames per second.

Prepping for the Shot – It all lies in the dynamic perspective. Most 360 cameras limit your shot because of the use of mini tripods. You can, alternatively, mount the camera on other sources such as attaching it to your wrist, head, bike, or car to get a wider field of view. Once you select the mount, you can preview the footage live and fine-tune it as per your desire. All good companion apps will help you achieve this, in addition to letting you swap between the two lenses and the points of view to get a better image/video.

Image Processing – You can process the images in Photoshop, or using a panorama stitching software.

Ways to Record – There are different ways to record images/videos using your 360 camera. Here are a few common ones.

•    Using the shutter button to capture a feed manually.

•    Employing the free companion app to do most of the shooting, including managing exposure controls, timer settings, and content sharing.

•    Taking advantage of voice control that sometimes comes in-built or is available for purchase separately.

•    Using your smartphone and camera app to create a 360 effect by clicking the shutter and steadily maneuvering the phone in a circle to record the scene.

•    Using your swappable fisheye lens camera by setting it on a tripod and shooting each frame by frame by rotating in a 360-degree circle.

Subtle Drawbacks & Work-in-Progress

•    The closer the subject is towards the 360 camera, the more is the distortion and more noticeable is the seam. Thankfully, research is underway for developing an invisible selfie stick to reduce, if not eliminate, such disfigurement in the final image.

•    The sensors are very small, which result in over-exposure of the highlights and ignorance of details in the shadow areas. Fortunately, companion apps allow a bit of control for filters and exposure compensation, which you can employ to correct the exposures.

Reasons to Buy a 360-degree Camera

1.    To See Everything – Be it capturing that particular move of your child performing gymnastics or viewing your holiday resort before packing your bags, an omnidirectional camera will help you have a bird’s view of things.

2.    Affordability – The earlier models of a 360-degree camera were seen only in the hands of professionals like journalists and photographers, or in sophisticated offices and labs that deal with surveillance and robotics. However, with advanced technology and newer brands, you can find these cameras at competitive prices. Today, you can find a basic model as low as $60 on an e-commerce site or even rent one for trial or occasional use at lower costs.

3.    Brilliant Specs – With its compact size, high resolutions, and image processing capabilities, the usability and specifications of 360-degree cameras are simply mind-blowing. You will even find changes in the camera’s tripod-like model to an easy-to-hold mushroom-shaped design. Further, you can access excellent apps on your phone/PC.

Other Common Uses

1.    Viewing Monoscopic Feeds – You can capture anything by moving around but without the perception of depth and spatial awareness. For example, mapping on Google Maps is an example of a monoscopic feed. It is beneficial in the field of real estate, image filtering, etc.

2.    Viewing Stereoscopic Videos – You can also experience depth and space in stereoscopic videos, which renders more than one image and as multiple inputs to the eye. It finds excellent use in virtual reality (VR) applications because of the 3D aspects that create depth awareness.

3.    Attending Live Events Virtually – Does work get in your way of attending your favorite concert? Worry not! You can now watch live shows and games in the comfort of your home. The positioning of multiple cameras in the venue allows virtual viewers to get a closer shot of live happenings even though you are miles away from the actual location.

4.    Personalizing VR Experiences – If you want to showcase virtual content, then 360cameras are your new best friend. No doubt, virtual content boosts sales and marketing because of the demand for realistic content. The combination of monoscopic and stereoscopic feeds allows 360 cameras to create custom-made virtual experiences. Recreation, underwater studies, marketing, and entertainment are some of the popular fields where you can find extensive use for 360 cameras.

In short, a 360-degree camera helps you traverse beyond the boundaries of standard panoramic backdrops and allows you to capture everything and sometimes even more than what meets your eye in a single 360° photo.