Panorama Videos Using Smartphones

How To Make a 48K Panorama Video With Your Smartphone

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The quality of smartphone cameras can be amazing. If you want a professional panorama, you don’t need to schlep pro-equipment around. If you know what you’re doing, you can rely on your smartphone camera – or plenty of them.

To make that point, Sony just launched a promotion for their Xperia Z5 Compact: They claim they shot the world’s first 48K panorama 360° video.

Sony PR staff mounted twelve smartphones on a 3D printed rig. Each camera was filming simultaneously in 4K.

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Then they started capturing panorama scenes from the slopes: freestylers performing tricks in the park, high-speed racers on a slalom course and the stunning panorama looking out across some of the Alp’s best known peaks.

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The footage from each phone was painstakingly stitched together to create a 360-degree panorama video. If you have latest version of Chrome or Firefox installed, you can pan the video around – just use your mouse.

Sure, you can argue that the resolution itself doesn’t add up to 48 K when playing it on your screen. But, nevertheless, the result looks amazing.

This is how the design for the 3D printed rig looked like.

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Unfortunately, Sony didn’t release the build files yet.

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