Jonas Ginter and the Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG.

A mind-blowing 360-degree view of Cape Town.

Jonas Ginter’s new video showing a 360-degree view of scenic Cape Town and surrounds was created to celebrate Mercedes-Benz international’s 18 million Facebook fans across the globe.

Text: Nadine Theron
Photos: Michael Ellis
  • A Mind-blowing 360-Degree View of Cape Town.

  • The German journalist/videographer Jonas Ginter is no internet newbie.

    About the videographer.

    The German journalist/videographer Jonas Ginter is no internet newbie. Three years ago he was playing around with time-lapse photography and the “tiny planet” mobile app that “bends” photographs 360 degrees. In a flash of genius he decided to combine the two, aiming to mimic the app’s effects in video. In March 2013 his first 360 video, shot with 6 GoPro cameras on a 3-D printed rig, went viral, accumulating more than one million views on Vimeo in a week.

    Go for GoPros!

    Jonas was recently in Cape Town to film a video using his special technique. Armed with a drone, three sets of six GoPros (18 altogether) and three rigs, he set off in a Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG to showcase Cape Town from a different angle.

    SL 63 AMG:

    Fuel consumption combined: 9.9 l/100 km;

    CO₂ emissions combined: 231 g/km.*

    Jonas was recently in Cape Town to film a video using his special technique.

    Starting on the Franschhoek Pass (R45) where Silver Slipstreams was shot, mblife took Jonas over the mountains, across Theewaterskloof Dam outside Grabouw, and onto Sir Lowry’s Pass (N2) through Gordon’s Bay to eventually see the sun set on Clarence Drive (R44), on a route that’s been called one of the world’s most scenic drives.

    Each camera starts filming at exactly the same time.

    Same time, different angle.

    The next day Jonas drove up Long Street and through the Bo-Kaap area, ending up with a view of the sunset from Signal Hill. Once the six GoPro cameras have been strapped to his handcrafted rig, Jonas synchs the set so each camera starts filming at exactly the same time. Then it’s time to roll. “I come home with six separate cameras with six different video layers. And I stitch them together to get one panorama,” he explains. The result is sensational.

    Video-Hipster.

    Video-Hipster.

    “There will be a high demand for 360 degree pictures and videos in future – it’s starting to become a trend,” Jonas predicts. He shares everything he’s learnt on his blog.

    Watch mblife behind-the-scenes adventure with Jonas to see how the final product unfolded.

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