Get a bird’s-eye view of Neuschwanstein Castle in southwestern Bavaria, Germany.
A stunning 360-degree video of an eagle Insta360 RS Its rear-mounted camera has garnered more than 22K likes Instagram And continues to gain traction.
Shot by a professional falconer Paul Klima, the video makes it feel like you’re stuck on the eagle’s back as it flies around Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle, which was the inspiration for Disneyland Sleeping Beauty The fort is located on a nature reserve, meaning no drones are allowed on the premises. The only way to get this kind of footage is to enlist the help of a winged friend.
Klima, who has been conducting falconry workshops for the past 20 years, came up with the idea in 2007 while making a nature film for a Bavarian TV show. For that production, the crew attached an HD camera to the eagle but unfortunately, the equipment was a bit too heavy for the bird, which shortened its flight time. That said, it did take some great looking photos.
What Clima really wanted to do, however, was give people a way to experience flight from a first-person perspective. The idea stuck with Klima for several years, and when smaller and lighter consumer 360 cameras began to hit the market, Klima saw the opportunity to capture immersive content accessible through VR headsets.
One of the biggest challenges Kliman faced was figuring out how to attach the 360 camera to the eagle and still allow the animal to fly freely without discomfort. To do that, Klima worked closely with his team and the birds to design a custom harness that’s incredibly lightweight and not painful for the animals.
His work is important to him and so are his birds. In the team member profile above Lowa website, Klima talks about his passion as a falconer, “In the summer, I train my birds every day at Falkenhof in southern Bavaria. The mountains on the bends of the Isar River provide the best training location – good flying conditions, so to speak.
“Of course, birds also need their daily care. I often have adventure-package clients with me,” he added. “Unfortunately, I can’t spend all my time outdoors (even if I wanted to). I still have a lot of office work to do and respond to emails. I get my reward when we film my eagles and put EagleCam to work in the mountains.”
When asked about the types of 360 VR cameras used to capture his footage, Klima notes that the Insta360 helped him solve a problem he had struggled with for years. Early HD cameras were heavy and only gave you one perspective, and the first 360 cameras had to be deconstructed to really capture the eagle’s POV. Stabilization was also a prevalent issue.
The Insta360 RS’s dual 1-inch sensors, flow-state stabilization, 360 horizon lock and durability offered Klima and his team a simple and relatively straightforward method to record a thrilling 360-degree POV experience.
To know more about Clima And his work, check out his website. visit here To learn more about the Insta360 and Insta360 RS cameras. you can see Video On any VR headset with support for 360-degree YouTube videos.
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