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Avatar‘s special effects innovator Glenn Derry hacks together blockbuster filmmaking tools. Go inside his workshop and get a tour of the virtual camera in this special video. Learn more about Glenn Derry and homebrew virtual camera in MAKE 27. Video by Corinne Leigh.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I finally have something to comment on. I do this for a living. I don’t have a ton to say but I was wondering when mocap related stuff would make it onto here, that didn’t involve quadro copters :) I was thinking about how all the stuff I use at work and how maker friendly it is. I keep trying to dive into the arduino stuff in hopes of making some cool stuff for my job but I never get past buying the kits. I have access to a 64 camera mocap stage everyday, and have had it for 7years yet I have completely wasted it in the personal sense.

    If anyone has any “smecific” questions let me know!The real tough parts of these virtual camera systems are displaying the view on a “rig” and having a pipeline in place to switch lenses/DOF/scale etc. You can use a laptop with markers and VNC but the lag will kill you.┬áThere are so many ways to skin this cat. The wacom tablet is used a lot, but for the same price or less you can have a small marshall monitor that uses Canon/Pano/Sony batteries that has HDMI/Hd-SDI inputs. YOu can go HDMI out of your PC right into it or use DVI -> HD-SDI adapter and then you will have a nice small BNC cable that you can run around with instead of the rest. You can use a DIY stabilizer of your choice. Each different camera feel would need a different rig. You will get a very handheld feel without any weight to your camera to smooth it out. Now I’m rambling but anyway, thanks for this little video! Great Stuff!