Michael Kolchesky been a part of IVRPA (International Virtual Reality Professionals Association) board members since 2016, also served as the Vice president from 2017-2019 and helped to organize the annual conferences at 2017 (Vienna) 2018 (Tokyo) and Belfast (2019).
At the Belfast 2019 she has been the moderator at the panel ¨The future of VR panel debate¨ — with Joshua Krook, Thomas pape, Alexandre Jenny, Jeffrey Martin, Alex Ruhl, and Ignacio Ferrando Margelí.
Michael Kolchesky was the pioneer to integrate a VR space into the 2018-2019 IVRPA conferences and elaborate a full programme that iclude viariaty of VR films from around the world, at the Belfast event the progarmme icluded 34 VR fims that were screen on Skyworth 8K headsets and Oculus rift
Michael Kolchesky has been invited to participate in a panel at European Lab 2019 at Lyon, France, this festival is part of a very big event that includes many performances, artists, workshops, music, and conferences all around social change and innovation.
The event includes the collaboration of:
The conversation will take place on Friday, May 31st, from 11 am to 12:30 pm at H7 (70 Quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon).
with Argyro Barata, Stratis Vogiatzis,Paul Poet and Michael Kolchesky.
To Hear the panel: https://soundcloud.com/european-lab/mobilisation-30?in=european-lab/sets/european-lab-camp-2019
Michael Kolchesky Just won the #LOROS Hospice prize at the #Historic/ National category, For the #VRForGood competition with my VR 360° film ¨Back to the Past – Medieval Festival of Provins”
Fly view Paris is an installation of jetpacks VR located at the center of Paris, next to the place de l’Opéra. inaugurated at 2017 and still receiving hundreds of visitors each day. The project gives you the opportunity to fly over all the important monuments of Paris at 360°.
The actual 360° film was made in 2015 with many challenges. I was very lucky to be part of the production team as 360° camera operator, post-production and a VR consultant.
Producteur & Réalisateur Arnaud HOUETTE, Chefs de projet Patrick BESENVAL, Sonia CLEMENT, 1er assistant réalisateur Xavier DOUIN, 2e assistante réalisateur Coline MORAND, 3e assistant réalisateur Marc BOUBLI, Casting Figuration Virginie ROCCHIETTA, Anne-Bénédicte THIAM, Directeur de Production Bernard BERCERON, Administrat. de Production Nelly BESSE-GOUGAY, Régisseur Général Bruno SESTI, Régisseuse Adjointe Valérie COMET, Assistant Régisseur Adjoint Mikaël DELEAU, Hugues DAVEZAC, Guéric HOUETTE, Accessoiriste de plateau Frédéric CASELLAS, Conseiller Technique 360° Patrice GARLOT, Opérateurs 360° Olivier GEORGES, Michael KOLCHESKY, Data Manager Martin LOPEZ, Monteuse Pré-stiching Michael KOLCHESKY, Chef Machiniste Jean CHESNEAU, François PERRAULT- ALIX, Machiniste Grégoire BENZAQUEN, Technicien Grue Philippe MOURIER, Responsable et conseiller Technique Luc POULLAIN, Pilote Benjamin COLLETTE, Opérateur tête Gerome IACHKINE, Télépilote Cyril BARBANCON, Télépilote Claude TARDY, Pilote Drône Charel FABRY, Assistant technique Vincent DELMONT.
QooCam 360° / 3D 180° All-in-one Camera Review
4K camera QooCam that not only shoots 360 video and photos but also supports VR180 mode with the unique rotatable design.
The different Qoocam settings modes are:
QooCam also offers more than 180 hours shooting battery life and good audio quality, F.2.2 Shutter speed 60 secs to 1/4000 ISO 100 to 3200.
The Qoocam comes with a nice and very stable cap holder, a soft bag to carry, chargeable cable, monopod 32X75 cm with 3 legs mini stand. You will need to get a mini SD card (up to 256GB).
Most of the post-production process could be done directly from the app to your phone or tablet. Depending on your capacity you can also process the images/video on your PC/Mac by downloading and installing Qoocam studio: https://www.kandaovr.com/download/ The Qoocam studio is very easy to use.
Here is the video I made for you with some 360° raw samples in different lighting conditions:
The camera’s ultra-smooth stabilization is very impressive. Here is a video showing how the stabilization works:
Photo Quality Boost with Kandao Raw+
First, you need to download Adobe DNG converter and the Kandao Raw+ software from https://www.kandaovr.com/download/.
Take pictures in DNG8 mode, the camera will do a burst shot and capture 8 DNGs. (Note, the eight DNGs were taken in an extremely short time and with the same exposure level, this is the biggest difference between Raw+ and Bracketing.)
Then, find the sequence of eight DNGs and drag & drop them into Raw+ software. The Raw+ will auto-recognize the sequence according to the file names.
Select the sharpest DNGs from the eight, and drag it into the top of the sequence list.
Click Render, then the software will use it as a reference photo and combine the rest of seven into a better, clearer DNG file.
The final step is to fine-tune and adjust the new DNG in Photoshop (It will open automatically as a RAW file) and stitch it into a 360 with Qoocam Studio.
Yuqing’s hand to hand DNG8 webinar: https://youtu.be/Yu9_fMhQCBU
User experience blog: https://www.kandaovr.com/2019/01/how-to-push-the-limit-of-kandao-qoocam/
Facebook–Ready 3D Photo
Using 3D 180-degree view, QooCam allows users to tap on the subjects in a different distance of a photo to create a bokeh effect, shoot first and refocus later. Based on the same tech, QooCam is the first VR camera that offers a native way to post 3D photos to the Qoocam Facebook timeline making the memories pop up. Before that, only users who have an iPhone with a dual-lens camera are able to create this effect.
More about our feature and how-to can be found here: https://www.kandaovr.com/2019/01/31/qoocams-killer-features-and-how-to-use-them/
The basic principle of these cool features is the depth mapping that can estimate the distance of subjects in a picture, while Qoocam makes it much easier to connect to Facebook’s existing workflow.
180° 3D video Example
Example of the Time Lapse on Dark conditions:
One of the most impressive is that Kandao company keep releasing updates and new very easy to use tutorials so you can use this camera to do many cool effects and get the best of the 360° medium, it keeps creating new possibilities for the amateur and to do a fast 360° imagery effects and cool over captures normal videos all made inside the app editor, which is compatible with IOS and Android phones.
Smart Clip (over capture):
More tutorials and guides: https://www.kandaovr.com/user-guide/
This camera opens up new option and possibilities to use 360° with very fast way, of course, if you want to do something special you always need a bit more time and planning but all the tools are here and easy to use, giving you new ways to explore the world in 360°.
Virtual Reality in Education: Welcome to the New Age of Learning
Any educator or trainer will tell you: it’s hard to get students’ attention…with distractions coming from cell phones, computers and other devices. Consequently, a war is being waged in classrooms around the world.
The rules of the game have changed; students just aren’t the same; the teachers of tomorrow can either fight technology…or use it to their advantage.
These technologies have many advantages. They foster a great deal of curiosity so why not use them to get students’ attention and get them involved in class? Explaining to a student what a production line looks like is one thing; being able to show him or her – via a virtual reality headset – is a whole different kettle of fish.
To know more read this article, click here
Director of production and VFX : Luc Serrano
360° imagery production: Michael Kolchesky
Unity developer: Nicolas Mondange
Coordinator development: Laurent Lefebvre
I had the privilege to be invited to participate as a speaker at the Laval Virtual 2019 event, that is one of the biggest VR/XR and high technologies event in France and Europe.
Here is some of the schedule of the 2019 event:
Speaker in a panel about VR ception with one of the most influential persons on the VR/XR world – Charles NDUKA and Gaël SEYDOUX , moderated by Benjamin DE WIT from VR days commission.
Immersion a brain effect or is it more? “Immersion”, a new magical but the often meaningless word. What is immersion today? What are the benefits for users and how to “make it better”? Do we need ultra-realism, perfect UX, amazing storytelling, all of it? Is it mandatory to cheat the human brain or could we use a shortcut? This session will help you understand what matters … and what doesn’t.
I had the privilege to test the new “All-in-one” 360° camera –
The Pilot Era by Pisofttech company.
Here is the preview video I have prepared for you:
Pilot Era is an “All-in-one” 360° camera. It has one thing that is one of the main revolutionary live previews that is located on the camera itself, with 466GB internal storage you will not need to buy any SD cards. It stitches and processes all in the camera and you can use an external stitching program if you use the Unstitch video mode, the nadir patch is an automatic patch.
More online documents: https://pilot.pisofttech.com/Documents/PilotEra_doc_en.html
The different Pilot era settings modes are * :
(* The FPS can be variate from one shoot to another, for example, the 6K on stitch mode is marked as 15FPS but the file recorded is actually 13.36FPS)
Here are some 360° sequences samples:
* I shoot at different light conditions, different mode settings, static and movement, all sound recorded by the camera itself, the audio is recorded only on one of the four cameras.
* All sequences are scaled in the editing to 4096X2048 at 29.97, and the unstitch video mode was stitch with the internal stitching programme in the camera.
Those 360° samples I shot with this camera in different conditions so you can judge by yourself some of the modes you will need to use or not to use at all to avoid problems. One of the things that I saw when transferring these sequences to my computer was the extreme contrast/saturation the Pilot Era applies to every image. There is no way in this version to shoot in flat mode or any other color/contrast mode. On low light, as you can see on the sample video i made (just on the end) it is just impossible to shoot as it is so dark and the camera just pushed the darks even darker so even if you use EV +2 +3 you will not improve the results on low light. It is recommended to use an external audio recorder device.
Another option Pilot Era is giving is the 8K (actually almost 8K by the real size) at 20FPS in Unstitch video mode and the 8K on 7FPS on stitch video mode. These are very unusual numbers to work with if you like old look/animation funny movement look to your films. But in any case, when you edit it you will need to stretch it to the minimum 24FPS that every editing program uses and adapt the audio that is recorded on another bit rate.
I am sure it’s not the last word of Pisofttech and this technology have lots of potentials, It is quite impressive that this little camera can produce 6K at 30FPS and it will not get so hot for long duration shots.
Live YouTube test playback:
Updates from July 2019 :
- * Time Lapse option was addes
- * Update firmware for 4K stitching was upgraded