Fancam, a company specialized in the creation of gigapixels during sport events and concerts has just released a brand new gigapixels of the fans of the NBA team, the Cleveland Cavaliers (Basketball). Indeed, to celebrate the return of the NBA star player LeBron James, the team has decided to offer a very special gift to its fans with this 360° gigapixels!
A 360° gigapixels is not only a very detailed image made of many different pictures, it’s an interactive experience where you can change your point of view, zoom in and out, and also tag yourself in the crowd! Thus, hundreds of persons that were present at the game tagged themselves and can even share it on social networks. Click here to access the gigapixels.
How has it been created?
- A gigapixels is made of many different pictures stitched together. The shots are taken with a classic DSLR camera equipped with a long focal lens and a panoramic head. According to Fancam, shooting the pictures to create the gigapixels requires between 3 and 15 minutes.
- Then the pictures have to be stitched together in order to become one much bigger panorama. To do so, Fancam uses powerful computers and the stitching software Autopano Giga. They also ensure that every fan is present in the final stitched picture especially for those who are in the overlapping zones. At the end of this process the result is a huge image, almost impossible to open in a classic computer.
- Then the image has to be “tilled” which means cut into approximately 60000 smaller images. The purpose of this stage is to allow the users to smoothly view it in a classic internet browser.
- Finally, the Fancam team designs a specific web interface that bears the colors and logo of the event and codes the interactions.