I'm a new member and was delighted to find this site! I'm doing an MA in Art and Media Practice part time over 2 years in London. The project I am undertaking is to create a full dome therapeutic environment. I would like to use my dome in hospitals, holistic centers, festivals etc. I want to be able to project video images rather than computer based graphics. I'm just going to talk a little about my project and perhaps people will be able to share their experiences and offer help?
At first I was going to build my own dome but then due to lack of time, I would be better to buy one and to spend my time working on the content that I will be projecting. I'm not too sure about what size of dome I want yet was thinking about 20ft. I've gotten some price quotes from different companies and they vary a lot, some have more experience with inner projection layers than others, does anyone know much about this and how effective do they look, I'm trying to get it as seamless as possible. I was thinking perhaps if I bought a normal dome and tried to construct an inner projection layer myself? I was initially staying away from inflatable domes as I wanted to be able to travel and use outdoors but maybe it's the only way to get a seamless projection? Does anyone know any good manufacturers in Europe? I've been told that the projection surface should be 50% reflective, does anyone know what fabric is best to use?
Now onto the technology! I have been more inclined to use a spherical mirror for projection to save space in the dome. Can I use normal 16.9 / 4.3 footage and warp it to fit the dome or does all footage have to be shot using a fish eye? And what software do I use?
I was really excited whenI came across the Ladybug camera and very disappointed to learn how much it cost! Are there any alternative cameras on the market for shooting 360? Even stills cameras?
I am also interested in incorporating speakers into the dome, i was thinking of attaching small speakers all across the dome structure, has anyone done this before? They would have to be attached to the outside so as to not spoil the projection.
I think that's all for now! I hope I've explained everything correctly! If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me. I hope to hear some responses soon, any help would be HUGELY appreciated!