Screencast - panning and zooming into 360deg video
Last week the delegates at the Diverse 2011 conference were treated to a fascinating presentation by Dr Roy Pea, Professor of Education and Learning Sciences at Stanford University, on using video for classroom observation. Roy described how he used a 360 degree Lucy videocam to develop a model for observing lessons and classroom interactions. The Lucy enables all corners of the class to be filmed simultaneously, together with the surrounding audio; and the DIVER software developed by Roy and his team lets viewers zoom in to, comment and annotate different parts of the video. This lets different viewers, including both researchers and trainee teachers, pick up on different events happening in the classroom simultaneously, and from different viewpoints. This method of audio-visual analysis brings together multiple perspectives resulting in a multilayered and multidimensional narratives.
Indeed, these video research techniques could be applied to other situations outside the classroom, a good situation might be an art gallery or museum, where the system could record data on visitors strategies and engagement with exhibits and resources. Of course filming in public spaces, and classroooms, raises ethical issues; and to be effective, needs to be consensual and offer privacy safeguards.
Roy also introduced the audience to Dot, a panoramic camera lens for the iPhone 4, which is due to launch and retail at around $99. This looks awesome, and makes 360 degree video capture avaialable at a consumer price point. As you can see in the screencast above, I have been having a play with one of the video examples from the Kogeto site. I think it really works with movement as you can follow and zoom in or out on the overtaking cars, or turn back to see something you have passed. Because every viewing is a different experience, learners can draw their own meaning from a video sequence. Combining movement with multiple viewpoints offers remarkable opportunities for sport and travel based videos. Whether filming a walk through a neigbourhood, recording environmental spaces such as a wood, or simply placing the camera on a table during a conversation; the Dot is sure to offer opportunities for creating innovative video for learning.