How we do it.
The technique “Rotational Stereopanoramas” presented by the photographer Javier Baranano during the IVRPA annual congress held in Tokyo in 2108, is a revolutionary technique that socializes the production of stereocopic panoramas.
The great advantage of this capture technique is that only one camera is needed.
If you use a Full Frame camera and 8mm optics, you will obtain a truly professional result, but you can also use any of the 360º video cameras on the market, such as Gopro Fusion, Insta 360º One/X, Ricoh Theta, Kodak Pixpro, Nikon Keymission, Samsung Gear 16/17, Xiaomi 360, Garmin VIRB 360º, LG 360º Cam, etc.
To perform this technique you will only need your camera, a tripod or a monopod (recommended) and a photographic kneecap.
Side by side Stereopanoramas
The technique “Side by Side” is based on the traditional stereography, consists of making the capture using two equal adjacent cameras. In this case the capture is done in a similar way to 360º panoramas, with the difference that the rotation point is not nodal, but the intermediate point of the segment that joins both nodal points. To perform this technique using action cameras such as GoPro or Sony action Cam, it is necessary to use an extra “hardware” that allows the rotation of these cameras 360º x 360º.
The arrival of the VR 180 cameras has made production much easier, and now cameras such as the Qoocam or the Vuze XR, allow the realization of stereoscopic panoramas quickly and easily. Another alternative to these cameras is the use of two 360º video cameras, mounted on a photographic rotator.
The Samsung Gear 16 camera has proved to be very effective, as its 7.5mm optics and 4K sensor allow for good quality stereo panoramas. Once configured and thanks to its double lens it becomes the fastest VR 360 camera on the market, because it can capture a stereo panorama in less than 15 seconds.