AnimaticmediaVR combined hand painted 3d animation into aerial 360° video to craft a cinematic proof of concept crafted sunrise shoot with a Dji DS1000 drone flying over Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier. The shoot was to demonstrate to a client how we would integrate stylized 3d animation into an 360° aerial shoot. Once completed this video clip would be similar to style they’re seeking to promote a very popular vacation destination in the US.

360° video comes with unique challenges on every shoot as all your potential problems are multiplied by the amount of cameras you’re shooting. Organizing 20 minutes of footage x 7 cameras equaled 72.5 gigs of data—this process took 3.5 hours. We sent the raw footage on an external hard drive to our 360° editor in our Chicago office. Decompressing, color correction, stitching, rendering took a total about 8 hours. AnimaticmediaVR colorist & stitcher Angel Nieto comments; “tonal range was tricky as I had to add white lines of the 3D birds over a sunrise- I pushed the highlights and midtones darker to make the birds pop wherever they were in the scene.”

After getting all the footage looking good it was then turned over to our 3D lead Anthony Porco who refined the tracking of the sky took which took around 40-45 minutes. The animation of the 3D birds and tracking to the scene took 2 hours. “I worked with the Director by recreating the pier in scale in 3d and tracking the footage in the scene with 3d spheres the represented the birds. Once I got the key frames of the spheres in a timeline that matched the video I swapped out the spheres and added the animated eagles.”

Each render took 30 minutes combined over 4 machines. Each render was included 6 cameras over 1350 frames. Each After Effects render was roughly around 1 hour with another 30 minutes for upload and Youtube conversion. Total time on Porco’s portion was 22 hours. “ It’s amazing how much work can go into a short clip but in the end we have a really nice finished piece that stands up with any 360° aerial footage I have scene. ” remarked the Director