Wow, we really live in the most exciting times. It seems like there’s an explosion of what we are able to do with technology. Every month dozens of new announcements are made about new technology. Like this one here where you can use your “force” like Luke Skywalker. Have a look at this video:
When I heard about the Google Glass project over a year ago I thought it was one of those phony news items whose purpose was just to draw attention. It didn’t seem to me a viable idea to have a computer or your smartphone integrated into “glasses”. What would we really benefit from? Seriously.
Now, Google announced and introduced its first iteration of the Google Glass project on the web. I was really impressed with this piece of gear. They made a little video in order to showcase what Google Glass has the potential to do. Have a look:
So, what does this all mean for someone who is in the video business like myself? How can Google Glass add to my own production workflow? Its funny because we just finished – a few weeks before the Google Glass announcement-a video that actually uses that very same visual technique. Its a promo ad for an organization that services disabled, handicapped and old people to give them back a live of independency despite their disabilities.
I think if I would have had Google Glass I would have produced the entire film on this device. We shot our ad on the Canon 5D Mark iii and you know that’s already a small and lightweight camera. But there were quite some situations where it was very cumbersome to shoot from a POV perspective and get the actor beneath the camera and make it look POV-like (POV means point-of-view, as in I make it look like it’s shot from the perspective of one of the actors). Google Glass would have been a big time and budget saver.
But more then that. A director, cinematographer or producer could use this gadget in order to record behind-the-scenes and making-of films. Its one thing to have a separate cameraman on set doing that, and it’s another thing entirely we actually see what Steven Spielberg or Leonardo DiCaprio’s personal making-of looks like from their POV. My sense is that it will be the right logical step in merging our lives and technology.