Three hundred and sixty-degree photography has burst onto the scene and has even become a convenient and common way for news media to tell a story.
While it’s still an incredibly new method of communication, those who want to push it to the next level have been creating gear that eliminates some of the drawbacks of the medium.
The Syrp Genie Motion Control Time Lapse Device is one such machine that makes it easier to utilize gear you’re already comfortable with in creating three hundred and sixty degree images. The Syrp Genie is an unusual motion control device. It allows you to fine tune a full revolution pan and time shutter actuations to give you imagines that can be spliced in post to complete a full three hundred and sixty degree images.
Why does that matter?
Being able to choose which camera you use to create three hundred and sixty degree images solves a huge quality problem that three hundred and sixty degree cameras present. They’re characterized by moire and crunchy images. If you take those same photos with a Canon 6D though, like the three hundred and sixty degree timelapse video posted to Syrp’s YouTube Channel, you get an image that’s much cleaner and richer.
The video they’ve posted was shot using Syrp Genie’s Motion Control device that’s been created to work with Canon devices. While the content itself might not be the most intriguing, the possibilities the Syrp Genie presents to shooters out there are pretty amazing.
If you’ve never considered shooting 360 degree photos, the Syrp Genie maybe the rig to get you there.
360 VR Timelapse shot with the Syrp Genie – 360 video
A few weeks back we hiked up to the top of the Remarkables in Queenstown to shoot a 360 time-lapse with the Syrp Genie. We sent the Genie spinning for an hour and a half with a Canon 6D + 8mm lens taking 4 frames with each 360 degree rotation.
It took around 8 seconds to complete a full 360 so we were shooting with an 8 second interval and the end result was a whopping 2400 frames that we stitched together to create a full 360 view from the top of the mountain.
At the end we were left with around 14 secs of footage, which is probably not enough for a 360 experience due to the time it takes to look around a scene. It’s always fun trying something new and we’re looking froward to experimenting some more with 360 time-lapse.
Remember to look behind you to take in the full view!
Syrp Genie Motion Control Time Lapse Device
- Linear and Panning Motion
- Timer or Sensor Input
- Preview Function
- Custom User and Factory Pre-Sets
- Bubble Level with Light
- 44 lb Load Capacity
- 12 Hour Battery
- Multi-voltage Charger
- Wide Camera Compatibility
- Free Firmware Upgrade
The Genie Motion Control Time Lapse Device from Syrp is your key to the creative world of time lapse photography or real time video. The 4″ cube takes up very little space in your bag and at only 3.3 lb it's easy to make it part of your standard rig.
The Genie, which allows both panning and linear motion control, attaches to standard gear such as dollies, sliders, jib arms and tripods. Simply attach the panning accessory to your tripod or support and mount your optional camera and ball head to the 3/8″-16 stud atop the Genie. The weight of your equipment is rarely a concern since it supports up to 44 lb. An illuminated bubble level is built in to help in setting up for panoramas.
The Genie has factory presets such as Stars, People or Clouds but you can enter an unlimited amount of user presets into the Genie's memory for custom work. At maximum panning speed a 360° pan takes 5 seconds, while 39″ of linear movement takes 23 seconds.
Learn more about Syrp Genie at B&H.
(cover photo credit: snap from video)