How to Make a Centripetal 360° Camera

Swiss freeskier Nicolas Vuignier explains the the two-year process of tinkering with the Centriphone in a new behind-the-scenes video.

by DJ Pangburn
Feb 29 2016, 7:02pm

Images courtesy the artist

When Swiss freeskier and filmmaker Nicolas Vuignier dropped a slow-motion video of himself skiing while swinging a 360° camera rig around his head, our jaws dropped. The Centriphone, as he calls it, is comprised of a 3D-printed rig housing an iPhone 6 set to slow-motion with an Olloclip wide-angle lens attached. Vuignier then swings the rig around on a string, using centripetal force to create a nice, balanced 360° video.

Vuignier worked on six prototypes over two years before settling on the current Centriphone build. When we talked to Vuignier earlier this month, he explained that he was in the midst of editing a “Making of Centriphone” video, which just dropped today. Along with the video, Vuignier is offering a first look at the Centriphone’s aerodynamic rig, which looks like a fighter out of Star Wars.

“This case is the model used in the original Centriphone video,” Vuignier explains. “It is the result of a homemade iterative process and is very representative of the increasing opportunities creative individuals are given thanks to the pervasiveness of 3D modeling software and 3D printers. More elaborate versions are currently being designed and developed for various devices, including GoPro cameras.”

While Vuignier is in the process of making his Centriphone rig available for purchase, he has also made the design open-source for people to download and tweak.

Click here to see more of Nicolas Vuignier’s work.


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