First of all, this article will explain all you need to know and walk you through the steps to get ready to use the mobile virtual panorama, short MVP
1. What is a mobile virtual panorama?
The virtual panorama experience allows you to pan, tilt and zoom in on the recording after it has been made. This is standard with our stationary camera systems but also works when you use your mobile device as a remote camera system. The game will be directly streamed (depending on connection capabilities), into the Spiideo system for live viewing.
It is useful for instance in temporary setups, away games etc. where you for various reasons are not able to benefit from a fixed Spiideo camera system. You can still share, tag, comment etc. as you do with a standard Spiideo recording.
💁 Note: To make this work, two mobile devices are required. Use one iPhone/iPad as a remote camera, while you control the recording with a second iPhone/iPad (like you would with any Spiideo recording).
2. Activating one device as a remote camera system
The first step is to activate one of the mobile devices you want to use as a "remote camera”. All devices used must be logged into the same club/organization account for the system to find the camera.
Position the mobile device on a stand and open the Spiideo app
Go to "enable remote camera" (left side menu in iOS app)
The mobile device will be available as soon as the status changes to ONLINE (like on the image below).
Note: To capture the entire width of the field, you need to position the "remote camera" pretty far back from the sideline. If you can, elevate it as high as possible to improve the viewing angle.
Tip: Use the Preview function to verify whether you found the perfect position.
3. What is the best position for the mobile device that will function as "the camera"?
This depends on the size of the field that will be filmed. Going far back from the sideline and elevate the stand and camera will improve your viewing experience.
4. Setting up the scene with the second mobile device
Now you are ready to select the MVP type and set up the scene to prepare for recording.
Open the Spiideo app on the device that you wish to use as a control device
Press “Start new recording”
Select a scene (access more scenes via the triangle in the top-right corner)
click mobile recording
select Virtual panorama with one remote camera
These are the MVP types that are available:
Now you first need to set what type of field you are recording from. Select from any of the predefined setups or set your custom size.
The next step is now to add the remote camera (iOS device) you wish to use for this specific scene. Press "Select camera" and you will see the list of the available “cameras” to use as input. In the list, you should be able to see the camera you activated in “Activating your device as a remote camera system”.
Select the type of field you are about to record from (left image) & press select scene to choose what camera input (i.e. iOS device) you want to use (right image)
After you have selected the camera you wish to use, the viewfinder is displayed.
5. Calibrating the camera
In this step, you need to tell the system where the boundaries of the field are located. This is to make e.g. the stitching, drawing and autofollow tracking work properly. You will see an image like the one to the left below, where you use the blue control points to set each corner, as well as the closest and farther point along the centre line.
Note that the control point may be located outside the visible area in the camera viewfinder if the cameras are very close to the field. You can zoom in/out in the image to get more accurate positioning.
When you are happy with the setting of the control points for the field, you now tell the system to calibrate. Note that this process may take a bit of time (up 90 seconds in some cases). When the process is done, you can choose to accept the calibration or recalibrate if something seems too misaligned.
When you are done with the setting of the corners of the field, press next and the system will start calibration. This may take up to 90 seconds
Tip: As long as you do not move the "camera" device, you can reuse the calibration you have done, if you want to make another recording at the same place.
6. Start to record
Now the system is set up, and the scene will be available for recording like any other Spiideo scene. Provided that the remote “camera” device has an active internet connection available. Depending on the connection and upload speed from the devices, you will also be able to watch the video live.
7. Best practice
When recording with a mobile device, remember to put the device in "do not disturb" mode while recording. Otherwise, incoming notifications will "overrule" and cancel/stop any ongoing recording.