Moving 360
February 19, 2014 8:22 AM   Subscribe

Mercedes F1 uses Visualise for an onboard 360 degree video demonstration. Also in use for stills at Sochi.
posted by juiceCake (26 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
WOW.
posted by bird internet at 8:59 AM on February 19


I love F1 but damn this one sounds good too…also did we figure out who the Stig is now?
posted by ShawnString at 9:05 AM on February 19


Pretty cool. I did notice what looks like a visible seam in the video, if you look to the back of the car. The airbox is visibly bouncing around, which shouldn't be happening.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:06 AM on February 19


Love this technology.

It is neat to look behind the photographer in Sochi and see the crowd, the atmosphere and the empty seats. The F-1 video is awesome. Love the beginning in the garage.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:07 AM on February 19


I really enjoyed the video, vantage points it provides are amazing. I'm curious whether the tires being used are inters, or demo tires.

The #KeepFightingMichael on the side of the car, is a reference to Michael Schumacher who has been in a coma since December 29.

Another neat recent racing video is Simon Pagenaud Honda Sonoma In Car 2014 unfortunately not in 360, but the camera mounted on the visor gives a vantage point much closer to that of the driver.
posted by Harpocrates at 9:28 AM on February 19


Cool, imagine what it would look like if they were going full out though. That was a slow lap - due to the camera set up possibly?
posted by acroyear at 9:46 AM on February 19


I can't decide which I want more - to see this tied into Google Maps or to have it connected to oculus rift...
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 9:58 AM on February 19


The airbox is visibly bouncing around, which shouldn't be happening.

That is definitely the split. That'd mean the chassis/roll hoop was coming apart if it were true.

I'm curious whether the tires being used are inters, or demo tires.

Inters. They don't have demo tyres, they just use the appropriate race tyres. The limitation for this day was that it was a shakedown for the car and because it was deemed a press day and not a test day, they're limited to 65 miles/100km of mileage.

They used it as a shakedown day, so the car was running with mostly completely new systems and components so it likely wouldn't have run flat out for the majority of that day.
posted by Brockles at 10:03 AM on February 19


More of this please!
posted by arcticseal at 10:25 AM on February 19


Thanks Brockles, I was unclear on the press day rules. I also didn't recognize the tires.
posted by Harpocrates at 10:28 AM on February 19


Great imagery, but all these 360 viewers go exactly the wrong direction when I click and drag. WORK LIKE GOOGLE MAPS, YOU MOTHER SCRATCHERS.
posted by bruceo at 11:02 AM on February 19 [1 favorite]


My Mac kernel panicked for the first time in years playing the F1 clip. Maybe just a coincidence though.
posted by w0mbat at 11:15 AM on February 19


w0mbat: "My Mac kernel panicked for the first time in years playing the F1 clip. Maybe just a coincidence though."

Mine did too, though on the Sochi pics. The F1 and the Top Gear videos worked fine. I didn't even get the kernel panic screen, it just froze.
posted by danny the boy at 11:20 AM on February 19 [1 favorite]


That Mercedes sounds sick, like maybe only half the cylinders are firing?

They should get that looked at right away.
posted by Keith Talent at 11:28 AM on February 19


Amazing.
posted by dazed_one at 11:31 AM on February 19


The team also tweeted this picture of the recording setup: some GoPros mounted on a stick on the sidepod. Pretty nifty.
posted by frijole at 11:41 AM on February 19


dat turbo
posted by the painkiller at 11:47 AM on February 19


Having watched it again (with it actually loading properly this time, it seems) the engine sounds pretty good - lower revving sure, but not bad at all. The choppiness I could hear before that sounded like poor running was apparently bandwidth issue...

They're actually pushing it relatively hard (again, easier to tell if you don't dick with the view constantly like I tried to the first time and struggled to get it back and still). After two laps the front tyres are starting to shed a bit of rubber (it looked borderline slicks for dryness, but track temps looked to be too cold perhaps) so they're clearly getting some heat in them.
posted by Brockles at 12:05 PM on February 19


Now we know what Google Street View 2.0 will be like. Google, are you on this? You have more money than God, you can do this.
posted by zardoz at 1:23 PM on February 19


Holy crap, this is a thing we can do now? In a browser?
OK. Fine. It's the future. Where's my damn jet pack?
posted by The Bellman at 1:49 PM on February 19


I'm curious whether the tires being used are inters, or demo tires.

Neither inters or demo. They are full wets. Inters have a green stripe, full wets, blue.

After two laps the front tyres are starting to shed a bit of rubber (it looked borderline slicks for dryness, but track temps looked to be too cold perhaps) so they're clearly getting some heat in them.

Circuit looks way to dry for full wets so I imagine they wouldn't last long at speed, but since it's a media day event performance isn't a concern.
posted by juiceCake at 1:58 PM on February 19


Brockles: "easier to tell if you don't dick with the view constantly like I tried to the first time and struggled to get it back and still"

Yeah the mouse controls suck for all their 360 videos. I don't know why they thought enabling momentum would be a good idea and not fiddly & nauseating. Thankfully using the keyboard arrows gives you a much more controlled experience.
posted by danny the boy at 2:16 PM on February 19


You're right, I was looking at old tyre colour codes.

Circuit looks way to dry for full wets

Yep. Too dry for inters also. You get far more grip out of a wet/inter on cold tarmac than you do a slick if you're not going to load the car properly. If the ground is too cold you just never retain the heat (and hence grip) in the slicks and wets are way, way softer.
posted by Brockles at 2:17 PM on February 19


The 360 shots from Sochi are amazing. I like the gigipan of the Opening Ceremony as well. See if you can find Hamid Karzai!

The NFL did a gigipan at the Super Bowl. You can find some interesting people if you look. For instance, here's Mitt Romney and Dick Cheney (back row, cowboy hat). You can even find me if you look hard and know what I look like!
posted by stargell at 2:28 PM on February 19


some say he's made of buckeyballs. others that he's the cast-off plaything of intergalactic explorers. all we know is that he's called - the Stig.
posted by TMezz at 4:27 PM on February 19


danny the boy: “Thankfully using the keyboard arrows gives you a much more controlled experience.”
Thanks. This suggestion made watching this bearable.
posted by ob1quixote at 11:58 PM on February 19


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