The Syrp Genie Mini is a neat little tool to add a little motion to your time-lapse project (or a smooth pan to your video projects). But in a new post from the folks at Syrp, it turns out it’s pretty good for a home-brew 360-degree timel-apse rig, too.
The Syrp team traveled to the top of Coronet Peak in Queenstown, New Zealand and created the 8K 360-degree time-lapse by hooking up 3 Nikon D750 cameras outfitted with AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lenses to a Genie Mini and turntable. Splitters were used to hook up the link cables to trigger the cameras, the crew was able to capture photos with enough resolution to stitch together into an 8K time-lapse. By setting the rotation to zero degrees through the Syrp – Genie app, the setup stayed put and the device was used only to trigger the cameras simultaneously.
There’s a lot of gear and software involved, but the team writes up every step of the process in great detail over on the Syrp blog. They’ve even provided a behind-the-scenes video to go along with the writeup.
There was a lot of post-processing on the backend of this, with special software used to stitch the files from the three cameras and remove the tripod from the frame.
And why go through all this trouble to create this cool video? They don’t say it explicitly in the post, but there’s mention of a possible future product in the behind-the-scenes footage. One of the team members says:
“So in the past we have created 360 time-lapses using a single genie. It’s quite a complicated process, so we’re looking at automating this feature in future products,” he says.
Automated, 8K, 360-degree time-lapses? Take my money now.
[via Syrp Blog]