Mixed Reality Automatic Camera Tracker with SUTU

It’s been a little over a week since I launched my Automatic Camera Tracker project. It’s still a work in progress, but as SUTU is monopolising my Vive and nerd-basement at the moment, it felt like a good time to check in on its progress.

The current version is working alongside other VR apps, and can track a controller or VR headset at realtime or timelapse speeds as the user moves around the VR and IRL space. A little like this:

I wrote some more technical details about the system in a Reddit post on /r/Vive, and the tweet announcing the video received quite a bit of attention…

… which is exciting, because it’s a project I’ve had in my mind since I first used the Vive over a year ago, at PAX Prime in Seattle. As soon as I waved the controller in front of my face and noticed the tracking speed and accuracy I started mentally designing camera tracking systems. I wanted a VR system in my life because I love games, but I needed a Vive for filmmaking science experiments.

I’ve spent today with SUTU filming with my most recent version of the system, using it for both timelapse and realtime, handheld shooting while he worked on a Tilt Brush version of a piece from Nawlz.

 

Emma Louise at the Old Museum – Shut The Door and West End Kids: Live Music Videos

In the lead up to the release of Emma Louise’ new album Supercry, Mushroom Records asked if I’d spend a day with Emma and record some intimate, solo live tracks in one of her favourite creative spaces, Brisbane’s Old Museum. Continue reading Emma Louise at the Old Museum – Shut The Door and West End Kids: Live Music Videos

Brisbane Powerhouse – Discover Brisbane Powerhouse: TV Advertisement

I’ve been filming various events and promos with Brisbane Powerhouse for much of 2015, all the while colluding with them to combine the huge breadth of footage I was capturing into a TV ad which showcases the Powerhouse as a whole.

We dubbed this project the Destination Trailer. It’s part of their Discover Brisbane Powerhouse campaign, which launched in November 2015.

The piece distilled months of filming into precisely 20 seconds, because Television. To include some more awesome stuff we’ve also produced an extended “Director’s Cut” for web. Continue reading Brisbane Powerhouse – Discover Brisbane Powerhouse: TV Advertisement

Airbus Helicopters EC135 – Sydney Harbour: Corporate Video

I’ve been collaborating with Industrial Arc Photography for a number of years, and one of our favourite clients to work with is Airbus Australia. Perhaps it’s because they’re super lovely, professional people. Maybe it’s the incredible toys.

Airbus brought their updated EC145 helicopter for a tour around Australia, and wanted some “Australian” looking footage to show the world. Enter the Sydney Harbour, Opera House, and a little Surf Life Saving for good measure.

I shot aerial footage from another helicopter, hanging out the passenger door with my DJI Ronin gimbal, while 2nd shooter Liam spent the afternoon on a super-yacht sailing around Sydney Harbour. Tough gig.

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WAAX – I For An Eye: Music Video

Following up WAAX’s Wisdom Teeth video, we needed a clip which would deliver their fresh new lineup to the world, while giving plenty of focus to Marie’s ferocious presence.

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