I found an afordable workable catadioptric solution for producing my own panovid nodes. This lens by 0-360 was under $600. It is built for still photography, but it works fine with HD video. The only people experimenting with catadioptric video are research scientist in CS and mathematics and in surveillance, which is huge but not suited to my needs. I processed the test image with a simple Polar Coordinate filter, which is common in Adobe products including AffterEffects. The resulting 1024×512 pixel equirectangular projection is exactly what is needed for the Imaging Place metaverse. This means that I can pack everything I need in a simple shoulder bag, no tripods etc. The workflow will be substantially streamlined, allowing me to work much faster and more spontaneously. I should be able to have functional nodes working almost as quick as they are produced, making realtime production a real possibility.
0-360 Lens
PanoVid Test Frame
PanoVid Test Frame Equirectangular Projection

About John Craig Freeman

John Craig Freeman is a public artist with over twenty years of experience using emergent technologies to produce large-scale public work at sites where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. His work seeks to expand the notion of public by exploring how digital networked technology is transforming our sense of place. Freeman is a founding member of the international artists collective Manifest.AR and he has produced work and exhibited around the world including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, FACT Liverpool, Kunsthallen Nikolaj Copenhagen, Triennale di Milano, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, He has had work commissioned by the ZERO1, and His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, El Pais, Liberation, Wired News, Artforum, Ten-8, Z Magazine, Afterimage, Photo Metro, New Art Examiner, Time, Harper's and Der Spiegel. Christiane Paul cites Freeman's work in her book Digital Art, as does Lucy Lippard in the Lure of the Local, and Margot Lovejoy in Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age. His writing has been published in Rhizomes, Leonardo, the Journal of Visual Culture, and Exposure. Freeman received a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He is currently a Professor of New Media at Emerson College in Boston. Freeman writes, “If Andy Warhol set out to create a distinctly American art form in the twentieth century, I identify with those who seek to create a distinctly global art form in the twenty-first.”
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