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.