Get a bird’s eye view of Neuschwanstein Castle in southwestern Bavaria, Germany.
An absolutely stunning 360 degree video of an eagle soaring through the air with a Insta360RS camera strapped to his back garnered over 22,000 likes on instagram and continues to gain ground.
Shot by a professional falconer Paul Climate, the video makes it look like you’re strapped to the back of an eagle as it flies around Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle, which inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty castle, is located in a nature reserve, which means that no drones are allowed on the premises. The only way to get these kinds of streaks is to enlist the help of a winged friend.
Klima, who has been leading falconry workshops for 20 years, came up with the idea in 2007 during a nature film production for a Bavarian TV show. For this production the crew attached an HD camera to an eagle but unfortunately the camera was a bit heavy for the bird which shortened its flight time. That said, he did manage to get some majestic shots.
What Klima really wanted to do, however, was give people a way to experience first-person flight. The idea stayed with Klima for several years, and when smaller and lighter consumer 360 cameras started hitting the market, Klima saw an opportunity to capture immersive content accessible through a VR headset.
One of the biggest challenges Kliman faced was figuring out how to attach a 360 camera to an eagle while allowing the animal to fly freely with little or no discomfort. To achieve this, Klima worked closely with her team and her birds to design a bespoke harness that was incredibly light and non-disturbing for the animal.
His work is important to him, as are his birds. In a team member profile on the Lowa website, Klima talks about his passion as a falconer: “During the summer, I train my birds every day at the Falkenhof in southern Bavaria. The mountains at the bend of the Isar River offer the best place to train – good flying conditions, so to speak.
“Of course, the birds also need their daily care. I am often accompanied by clients of the Adventure Package,” he added. “Unfortunately, I can’t spend all my time wandering around outside (although I would love to). I still have a lot of office work to do and I have to answer emails. I get my reward when we film my eagles and put the EagleCam to work in the mountains.
Asked about the types of 360 VR cameras used to capture his footage, Klima notes that Insta360 has helped him solve a problem he’s been struggling with for years. Early HD cameras were heavy and only gave you one perspective and the first 360 cameras had to be deconstructed to truly capture the eagle’s POV. Stabilization was also a recurring issue.
The Insta360 RS’s 1-inch Duel sensors, stream state stabilization, 360-degree horizon locking, and durability gave Klima and his team a simple and relatively simple method to record an experience. Thrilling 360 degree POV.
To learn more about Climate and his work, check out his website. Visit here to learn more about Insta360 and the Insta360 RS camera. You can watch the video on any VR headset with support for 360 degree YouTube videos.
Image credit: Insta360