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I have a couple of high level questions that I am hoping you guys might have some answers for.

I would like to use multiple (2 or more) cameras set apart with a slight fixed toe-in (or out?) on a rig to create a single video. This is NOT  a video in video or split image. What I would so would look something like what this guy did in the video, however without the end result being a 3D video, but a usual 2D video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJlkuHxQB20

Perhaps another analogy is the L16 camera: https://support.light.co/l16-photography/l16-tech-part-1

It seems to rely on a technique called computational imaging. I understand that similar technology is used to create bird-eye view for cars.It seems to me that this technology is proprietary and cannot really be purchased as a piece of software to just install to your machine and pay a license to use it.  I am not so much against 3D videos. It is just that most of them look horrible without 3D glasses. Perhaps I have just seen the wrong videos

Questions:

  1. Is there any "of the shelf" software that does this? Could Blender actually do this? I have watched a fair share of tutorials but most featured a virtual monkey dummy - I could not see a real recording. Did I watch the wrong tutorials?
  2. In the L16 camera there is some distance between the mini-cameras (not to call them lenses as they are indeed complete cameras) how would this work with a foot of distance? Could it be calibrated in case there is some distortion?
  3. Would it help if I am not too demanding with the end result, i.e. I don't need L16 pro level, just one quality level, done in real time video, and managing 2 or 4 cheaper cameras to get a slightly better video.

Hopefully what I'm asking for is really simple and anyone reading this is having a laugh as the solution already exists...

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Probably, you are asking about stereoscopy function which can be enabled in Output section:

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Once enabled, you can edit the distance between cameras and the point where camera field of views intersects.

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In multi-view mode you can set up custom amount of cameras.

You can read more about this here:

Blender wiki

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot @Crantisz ! From your answer not much prevents me from doing a bit of experimenting! $\endgroup$
    – M83
    Jun 24, 2022 at 17:42

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