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Posted by Jack Crossfire | May 17, 2020 @ 02:39 AM | 11,228 Views
Automated cam 3 (2 min 33 sec)



It was a 4 year process to finally get this level of tilt & pan tracking of a lion. The mane limitation was money, followed by long commutes. Not having to commute for 2 months finally opened a window to focus on it. There will always be tweeks to do, to try to improve the composition, but the algorithm is pretty finalized.

Tracking cams require very fast autofocus & low light sensitivity. It took a long time for cameras to achieve the required performance at an affordable price. The EOS RP does it real well & it was all lions could afford. Then, an affordable laptop with the required computing power had to come along, since it has to be portable.

It's hard to believe this process began with a fully functioning lidar system, went to a 180 degree security cam & evolved to purely machine vision through the viewfinder.
Posted by Jack Crossfire | May 03, 2020 @ 11:05 PM | 7,817 Views
Not often you see them with a 35mm movie cam. This one was in Star Wars IX. No in-camera stabilization for this one. They didn't use any of the quad copter footage.