Feb 28 2011

Penguins in 360 degrees

Published by at 6:59 pm under Books & Events

There’s a new 360o view of the National Aviary penguins on the Post-Gazette website.  The P-G uses a special video camera…which the penguins jump up on.  You can hear them chirr at it.  Very cool!

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5 Responses to “Penguins in 360 degrees”

  1. Marianneon 01 Mar 2011 at 7:18 am

    This is SO cool! When it runs for a minute and I move it around, does that mean that the penguins see the camera moving, which is why they chirr at it? It is nice to have sound. The penguins seem really curious about the camera.

    It is also great to be able to see what the rest of their home looks like. The live cam is fun too (http://www.wildearth.tv/nav-penguin-01), but only has a view of one area. (which is fine)

    If several people want to move the camera at the same time, is there a waiting list of some sort?

    Is the camera live? (Just want to be sure) If so, when I did this at 7:00 A.M on a Tuesday, there were LOTS of people there! :-)

  2. Kate St. Johnon 01 Mar 2011 at 9:22 am

    The video is actually a pre-recorded segment done with a special camera that sees 360 degrees — and up & down — all at the same time. I don’t know how they produce the video so you can see everything by dragging your mouse.
    Last year (or maybe 2 years ago, I lose track) the P-G took still photos of Rick Sebak’s office using this camera. It was very cool to look around his office using your mouse. His office is packed with nostalgia so you can imagine there was a lot to see!

  3. Marianneon 01 Mar 2011 at 10:10 am

    After watching it a few times and moving the camera around, then seeing the same people there each time, I started to think that maybe it WAS pre-recorded. Nonetheless, it is STILL way cool!

    Then I also remembered that the Aviary isn’t even open that early in the morning! Duh!

  4. Leahon 07 Mar 2011 at 9:50 am

    Just clicked on the link (Monday, March 7) to show a colleague. The video has changed to a view of Schwartz Market. Anyone know if there is a link to the penguins?

  5. Kate St. Johnon 07 Mar 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Oh my! I thought it would be put in the “prior videos” list when it was superceded. I emailed the photographer. Maybe he knows where it went.

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