kottke.org posts about Yellowbird

Panoramic video camera

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 29, 2010

Remember those CNN videos of Haiti that I linked to last week? The ones where you could pan around in the scene as the video played? It’s probable that CNN used the Yellowbird camera to do them.

The camera uses six cleverly divided lenses in order to capture every possible viewing direction. The data stream generated by the camera is impressive. Through a double glass-fiber connection, a stream of 1200 Mbit per second is captured and saved in an uncompressed format.

Check out the demo. (thx, rakesh)

Update: Or perhaps they used Immersive Media’s rig. Their bridge-jumping demo is pretty crazy. They also did some videos for Red Bull of surfing the monster waves at Teahupoo. (thx, carl & kevin)