A branded 360 degrees camera can be very heavy for your pocket and you may have to part from a big of your savings. However, YouTuber Tinkermut has a different perspective. He demonstrates a way using which you can create your own 360 degrees camera in a simple manner. Along with, the simple device comes with a simple price tag of $50, so there cannot be an excuse why you should not give this a try.
In the first phase of this process, Tinkermut created his own 100 percent active design with the help of reflective sphere for recording any footage. While he attempted for this, he wasn’t successful in one shot. The first video recorded by this camera was a blurry one which means a rendering software was missing for the unwrapping of video. The image quality can always be adjusted with the help of tweezers. You can also use a software to change the average values and offer smoother footage as a result. To construct this camera, he used a USB camera along with a Raspberry Pi system that worked in sync with a spherical reflective surface.
The first requirement of this project was to make a camera that can shoot videos that are compatible with YouTube. The regular 360-degree cameras have 4 or more HD cameras that record their own specific videos. These videos are then combined together to make a single wraparound video that gives a 360 view of a given place. These rigs are usually very expensive and can be completely out of your budget, Tinkermut, on the other hand, used a spherical mirror that had a single camera pointed up at it taking the 360-degree view from it. The images received from this mirrors can be unwrapped and wrapped together to form a large seamless image that has a slightly smaller resolution. These are not exactly very high-quality videos but would suffice your basic requirements.
You can check out the details of this camera building process at the link rendered in the source.
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