iPhone_Miltenberg on Flickr.The iPhone App Main Limes Mobile in action. Location: Miltenberg, Altstadtkastell (Bavaria)

iPhone_Miltenberg on Flickr.

The iPhone App Main Limes Mobile in action. Location: Miltenberg, Altstadtkastell (Bavaria)

IMG_0003 on Flickr. Screenshot of Main Limes Mobile
Information on our iPhone Application: Main Limes MobileThe english version is currently reviewed and will be published soon!

The technological development of mobile devices such as smartphones opens new possibilites for the presentation of scientific data. Short films, audio sequences, stills and text can be displayed in good quality.
Archaeology in particular provides many opportunities to play a poineer part in the field of mobile information systems. You can find archaeology in the landscape, but also in museums. The idea of the project is to merge the landscape with the museum and vice versa. The information system provides archaeological content right at the current location (either in the museum or in the landscape). And the smartphones provide a true multimedia experience for the user: short films (i.e.: interviews or 3D Animations) as well as audio sequences or texts with pictures. Through GPS navigation the smartphone will alert the user when approaching a hotspot with archaeological information.
The application will run offline. Therefore an internet connection is not mandatory. This is especially important for remote regions and also for users from different countries (roaming costs).
In Bavaria the Limes along the river Main has been chosen for the pilot project. The 50 km stretch of the river frontier is clearly defined. Also there are previous projects such as a concept for signposting and a web data base. Therefore the region provides ideal conditions for the development of a prototype. The platform of the pilot system will be Apple iOS and the iPhone (plus iPod Touch and iPad), but it will be possible to migrate to other operating systems such as Android or Windows Phone 7.

IMG_0003 on Flickr.
Screenshot of Main Limes Mobile

Information on our iPhone Application: Main Limes Mobile
The english version is currently reviewed and will be published soon!

The technological development of mobile devices such as smartphones opens new possibilites for the presentation of scientific data. Short films, audio sequences, stills and text can be displayed in good quality.

Archaeology in particular provides many opportunities to play a poineer part in the field of mobile information systems. You can find archaeology in the landscape, but also in museums. The idea of the project is to merge the landscape with the museum and vice versa. The information system provides archaeological content right at the current location (either in the museum or in the landscape). And the smartphones provide a true multimedia experience for the user: short films (i.e.: interviews or 3D Animations) as well as audio sequences or texts with pictures. Through GPS navigation the smartphone will alert the user when approaching a hotspot with archaeological information.

The application will run offline. Therefore an internet connection is not mandatory. This is especially important for remote regions and also for users from different countries (roaming costs).

In Bavaria the Limes along the river Main has been chosen for the pilot project. The 50 km stretch of the river frontier is clearly defined. Also there are previous projects such as a concept for signposting and a web data base. Therefore the region provides ideal conditions for the development of a prototype. The platform of the pilot system will be Apple iOS and the iPhone (plus iPod Touch and iPad), but it will be possible to migrate to other operating systems such as Android or Windows Phone 7.

gs_roemer_002 on Flickr.Filming a Roman re-enactment group in Italy (Neumarkt, Südtirol).

gs_roemer_002 on Flickr.

Filming a Roman re-enactment group in Italy (Neumarkt, Südtirol).

IMG_1357 on Flickr.
GH2 on the motor slider!

IMG_1357 on Flickr.

GH2 on the motor slider!

Information on the production of Symphony of Vienna

Symphony of Vienna

In May we had the chance to test the GH2 with an intervalometer and a motor slider. We have been filming for several short films in Vienna, but in the afternoon we had some free time. So we were able to test the new GH2 camera, the brand new motor dolly (slider) and the intervalometer. In postproduction we decided also to experiment with HDR in a video sequence.

Here are some information about our production workflow:

  • The intervalometer was set to 4 sec.
  • The motor slider was set to the slowest speed. It takes about 25 minutes for one meter
  • The GH2 is set to manual. All pictures have been taken in raw-format. For each timelapse video sequence we have taken 300 - 500 frames.

Post production:

  • It takes very long to produce timelapse videos with HDR. Actually the workflow with the raw-format is a kind of pseudo HDR.
  • The pictures were converted into the dng-format and then in photomatix the HDR pictures were created.
  • The HDR pictures were opened in After Effects as a sequence, then graded and finally they have been rendered for Premiere.
  • The final edit with the music was done in Premiere CS5.

My impression: you get stunning results with this workflow, but it takes time. Shooting timelapse naturally takes a lot of time, but the HDR needs even more time. The rendering of 500 HDR pictures takes several hours on a quadcore machine.
Anyway, I hope the information is useful!Cheers,Erik

Timelapse of Vienna:
We had the opportunity to test a GH2 with a motor dolly last week in Vienna. I think the camera has great capabilties and I really beginn to like this little camera.

I really like to thank Ben for his information about his motor dolly. It works very well:
vimeo.com/​22080133

Technical information:
GH2 with kit lens (14-42mm)
motor dolly (igus)

Music: mobygratis.com Track: across