Lytro Immerge is the world’s first professional light field solution for cinematic VR

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After some big discounts on their current light field cameras, today Lytro announced their professional VR video setup called Immerge - a new solution built from the ground up to seamlessly blend live action and computer graphics (CG) using light field data:

  • Delivers Lifelike Presence for Live Action VR through Six Degrees of Freedom
  • Provides Unparalleled Creative Freedom for Immersive Storytellers
  • Built from the Ground up to Blend Live Action and Computer Graphics
  • Configurable Capture and Playback to Support a Wide Range of VR Storytelling Needs

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Additional information is available at the attached video and on this new dedicated website:

Press release:

Lytro Immerge

Lytro Immerge: The World's First Professional Light Field Solution for Cinematic VR

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., (Nov. X, 2015) – Lytro Immerge is the world’s first professional Light Field powered solution to provide lifelike presence in VR with Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF), addressing the challenges of live action immersive storytelling. Built from the ground up to seamlessly blend live action and computer graphics (CG), it features configurable capture and playback options. Watch a video about Lytro Immerge at https://lytro.com/immerge#video.

“Everybody is talking about Light Fields and nobody fully understands the potential yet. Light Field technology is probably going to be at the core of most narrative VR,” said Aaron Koblin, Cofounder and CTO of Vrse. “At Vrse, we’re just waiting for the moment when we have the tools. I think both the capture and playback of Light Fields will be the future of cinematic virtual reality."

Lytro Immerge captures Light Field Volume – all the data from all directions at any location within a given volume – allowing virtual views to be generated from any point, facing any direction, with any field of view. This approach creates a breakthrough sense of presence and enables a 6DoF live action VR experience, previously only possible in CG VR experiences.

“VR is the next wave in cinematic content, and immersive storytellers have been seeking technology that allows them to fully realize their creative vision,” said Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Lytro. “We believe the power of Light Field will help VR creators deliver on the promise of this new medium. Lytro Immerge is an endtoend Light Field solution that will provide all the hardware, software and services required to capture, process, edit and playback professionalgrade cinematic content.”

Lytro Immerge is the first end-to-end VR hardware and software solution, built from the groundup for professional storytellers. The system is comprised of four main components:

  • Camera: Configurable dense Light Field camera array
  • Server: Storage and processing
  • Light Field Editor: Integrates with existing visual effects tools like Nuke
  • Player: Light Field video playback engine for leading VR headsets and platforms

When using Lytro Immerge, professional content creators will benefit from unique advantages and unprecedented capabilities:

  • Precise visual perspectives from any (supported) point of view
  • Seamless capture that requires no stitching
  • Capture once, playback on any device (optimized for highend headsets, but works with mobile)
  • Accurate horizontal and vertical parallax
  • Depth information in every frame
  • Supports any interocular baseline after capture
  • Highly configurable based on production (e.g., 360°, 180°, parallax, spherical, etc.)

Lytro Immerge sets a new bar for the production of cinematic VR content. It packs the results of eight years of Light Field research, a revolutionary new Light Field processing engine, modular data capture and processing architecture, and a custom capture rig to turn immersive cinematic storytelling with 6DoF into a reality. For more information on Lytro Immerge, visit www.lytro.com/immerge .

 

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  • Spy Black

    Depending on what this costs, it may be a useful tool for indie filmmakers.

    • I really doubt this will be accessible for indie filmmakers.

      • Avieshek Rajkhowa

        Arab filmmakers

  • Really nice to see Lytro evolving more and more, I wonder if one day it will be back to photo/video in more practical ways at its full potential. The 1-inch sensor camera was interesting but nothing that was a must have for the vast majority of people.

    • chrisgull

      Lytro always was an idea looking for a problem to solve. In my opinion this new product seems to address a real need, albeit not for photographers.

  • Benjamin Brosdau

    “”multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars” .

    http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/5/9671564/lytro-immerge-light-field-vr-video-camera

    This will put it out of reach for anyone except bigger studios. It is intended to be rented rather than bought though.

  • Keith Reeder

    nikon in freefall….

    revenues 30% down

    • You are looking at old data – check the date on that article… Nikon will bounce back. Mark my words.

  • Roberto Hegeler

    why is all the footage from normal cameras… none of what we se is from that system.

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