Robert Maxwell wrote:
Sounds like you've never heard of Oculus Rift
, which promises a lot more than simple panoramas.
I hadn't heard of it specifically, although I know of various other visors used for games and 3D work. (Thanks for the tip.)
What I find striking about the panoramic video is that it is photography of a real scene. As noted in another thread, I made lots of QTVR object movies for clients back in the '90s. Most computers were too anemic to render photo-real 3D models in realtime. So "pre-rendered" substitutes, like object movies, were a solution. The downside was that object movies were too big to use on the Web at that time. (But they were fine for "interactive CD-ROMs." When was the last time you heard that term? Maybe while re-watching JURASSIC PARK?)
Ironically, as computers got faster along with the Web, QTVR objects fell out of favor for CAD-like files that are much smaller.
Panorama "movies" (which are actually stills) are still around, and even used within videogames as "environments" or backgrounds. Panoramic video
may be as short-lived as object movies. Many feature "films" contain digital extensions or entire virtual scenes. So recording people panoramically may be pointless. Instead, performers shot in 2D (or even 3D) may be composited
into panoramic scenes.
So the visor is not the big thing for me; it's the ability to record a live scene panoramically—like the concert demo video included with the free players.
EDIT: Meanwhile, Kirk protests that the images in "The Menagerie" are too detailed, too perfect. No ship makes recordings like that. Then in "Court Martial" we see recordings exactly like that—the bridge from different angles, including a tight closeup on Kirk's control panel. How did Finney manage to change such records in a short time? Did he have a super-advanced version of After Effects with auto-rotoscoping functions? Or does the Enterprise
feature some "non-photographic" recording system that stores everything as spatial coordinates with attributes—like the yellow alert light is on or off—that Finney could alter with a few keystrokes?