It Took 6 Cameras to Make this Awesome Video

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For two years, German journalist and photographer Jonas Ginter had wanted to make a 360 degree video—one that would make it look like he was hanging out on a tiny planet. In still photography, he writes on his website, "You turn the camera once around its own axis, it takes a lot of still images, it adds together on the computer and bends the final panorama to a small planet. In the technical language is called the 'spherical panorama.'" In video, though, it's not so easy. Finally, after much experimenting and tinkering, he did it—and the results are really cool:

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Ginter tried many different things before hitting on the solution: Six GoPro cameras with fisheye lenses. "You only need six cameras to record horizontally 360 degrees and vertically 180 degrees—provided you point the camera exactly," the journalist and photographer writes. "The closer the lenses are to each other and the more overlap, the better the result."

An abundance of cameras necessitated a unique mount. After experimenting unsuccessfully with rubber bands, cable ties, wood and polystyrene, Ginter created a special mount using a 3D printer. We can't wait to see what other cool things Ginter shoots with this camera.

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