Any RTV Builders want to input on this idea?

Services for Real Estate Pros with J Gettings Photography

I have been trying to work soething out in my head, and I have the design, but I don't know if it will work or not.  It might, but I just can't get my head wrapped around it.

I want to be able to do a 360° tours AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF AN ITEM.  in otherwords, say you have an piece of sculpture, and you want to show it from every view.  Take a look at the (terribly, quickly done) drawing (below) that I have roughed out and let me know if you think it would work. 

If you are an RTV builder, you will be familiar with the rotator head on the tripod.

I am aware that there will be some limitations to this setup, like where to set the tripod so it won't show up in the shot, etc...I just want to know if the stitching would work, or look crazy.

Ideas??  Thanks for your input

Comments (3)

Gary and Rebecca Bolda
Ark-La-Tex Virtual Media - Shreveport, LA

Neat idea.  Not sure about the stitching process.  It may give the impression that the object is spinning around the viewer rather than the viewer circling the object.  Also, the warping may possibly produce an odd effect??  I have never tried the "outside looking in" rather than "inside looking out" perspecitive, but I like the idea.  Let me know if you get it worked out.


Nov 06, 2008 01:21 AM
Jeff Gettings
J Gettings Photography - Biloxi, MS

I will.  Those are my concerns, exactly.  Once things slow down a little, I am going to go ahead and give it a whirl.  The thing that got me thinking about this is a client had a 'video game station' in a daycare at a gym that had game systems going around a half column and I thought it would be a cool way to show it off.

We shall see.  It will be intersting to see

Nov 06, 2008 01:28 AM
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin - Belleville, ON

I think you would just need a turntable with an appropriate indexing mechanism. Keep the camera still and rotate the object. There are a few companies with software for this type of projection. One I have run across is Albatross Design.

Using a turntable I would probably place a very white (or colored - like video greenscreening) screen behind the object, then mask out the white on the images with Photoshop.

Alternatively you could just try stitching the resultant images with the RTV software and see how it turns out. Keep us posted.

Nov 08, 2008 04:48 PM