Lytro Immerse camera is what all cinematographers needed
Professional videographers who always wanted something to give their VR creativity some able wings can now thank Lytro as they have revealed a cinematic camera just for you. Lytro Immerge is the world’s first cinematic VR camera that works in six degrees of freedom and has five layers of cameras which are densely packed. Imagine as a viewer you’ll be able to move around in the video and see action the way you always intended to. This camera in the shape of a sphere is going to be available for rent in the first quarter of 2016.
Lytro Immerge will essentially be a spherical rig that has cameras assembled all over it to capture light field at high frame rate. To figure out the eye movement and hence change the immersive video feed to the person wearing the VR headset. Also Lytro has made a point to make Immerge compatible with Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Sony Playstation VR, Microsoft HoloLens, HTC Vive and many more.
According to Lytro Chief executive, Jason Rosenthal
No one has really thought about it from a system perspective — everyone is developing in isolation and most of the innovation has come from the headset makers. We’re the first company that has looked at this problem from the perspective of content creators. Lytro Immerge is an end-to-end light field solution that will provide all the hardware, software, and services required to capture, process, edit, and play back professional-grade cinematic content.
Lytro light field technology powered photography rig fully exposes the capabilities of VR headsets like Oculus Rift and will drastically change the complexion of VR experience. I say that because Lytro Immerge uses light field technology to capture computationally perfect 360-degree images and put them together as opposed to other rigs that stich the images together. Commercially too the camera will provide new avenues for preemptive clients who want their consumers to experience a new kind of rush.
As for the renting option, Lytro immerge will come at a price tag which will equate to 2.5% of the total system cost which should come down to $2,500 or $5,000.