Haven’t taken up the by now massively viral craze of 3D video selfies? Want to learn the precise choreography of sharing a pair of eyes between you? Well have we got the video for you.
After most of the office had gone home for the day, we decided that rooves really don’t get enough stereoscopic affection. (I climbed a ladder and everything). We wanted to do a few experiments in eye width and needed some vistas to play with. Why eye width? Well, you know those tilt shift videos that use angle and a narrow depth of field to make everything look miniature? You can get a similar effect in stereoscopic video by moving the eye distance very far apart. You won’t be able to see anything nearby but once you crop and align a bit tiny stereo scenes will pop into focus. Create a sequence that is twice as wide, but the same height, as your sources. Align one to each edge taking care not to mixup which footage is right and which left. Full size the viewing window in Premiere by highlighting the window then pressing the [ ~ ] key, then view with the oculus. This really helps get the stereo alignment just right. One thing you’ll notice is that there’s not just one right position. Sure vertical alignment is pretty one-spot specific, but the horizontal works in a small range of positions. Our brains are awesome like that.
Oh but we were talking about selfies. You can start with the basics of course, just standing next to one another, shoulder to shoulder, extending an arm each (camera phones, dslrs, gopros should all work). But once you’re bored with that, which will be almost instantly, try it with a turn. In the first position arms will need to be crossed. Then once you’re happy with the framing, keeping the cameras level, smoothly pivot 180 degrees. No arm crossing needed on the other end. The trick is to keep the cameras as level and steady as possible, though some mismatch is easily fixed in editing. It takes a bit of image stabilization and motion key framing in Premiere but soon you’ll have yourself a 3D video selfie. (Again with the side by side then full screen technique)
You can’t tell when watching this all flat-like, but when you pop it in the Oculus, half-way through that 180 turn is the best part. Your eyes are looking at one another creating a strange meld of the unlinked views. Both parties’ faces remain visible but they mix and mirror before returning to stereo.
If you do either of these let us know! Tweet at me @emilyeifler with the hashtag #3Dselfie and we might feature your 3D selfie on the blog!