Would you like to see a high resolution 360 video shot with a 12K 360 camera with sensors that are 13 times larger than the sensor of most 360 cameras? You can even view the 360 video on a VR headset. Kandao has allowed me to share a stitched 360 video from the recently-launched Obsidian Pro, a professional 360 camera with eight APS-C size sensors.
With sensors that are about 13 times larger than the sensors in consumer 360 cameras, the Obsidian Pro can provide much higher image quality — better dynamic range, bit depth, and low light noise. Obsidian Pro is also one of the highest resolution 360 cameras, with up to 12K resolution in 3D 360.
You might be wondering why anyone would need 12K video when no one has a 12K monitor. That’s because the resolution of 360 videos is spread out over 360 degrees and when you view it in 360, you are seeing only a small portion of the video, similar to a cropped view. This means that 8K video has similar detail to a 1080p non-360 video. So most displays are more than capable of viewing a 12K 360 video.
The sample from Kandao was a monoscopic 360 video stitched in Mistika VR in 12K (11520 x 5760) in Prores422 HQ format. The video is approximately four times the resolution of 5.7K 360 videos from high end consumer 360 cameras such as the Insta360 One X2, Insta360 One R, or GoPro MAX. The 15-second clip was 10.6 GB.
YouTube’s maximum resolution for 360 videos is currently 8K, so I downscaled the 12K video to 8K H.264 with a bitrate of 470mbps. Here is the 360 video on YouTube. You’ll need to click on the settings on the bottom right to select 8K. You can view the video in any VR headset that has the YouTube app, such as the Oculus Quest 2.