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Facebook and RED to Bring 3D VR Video Camera

One of the biggest F8 announcements was the new partnership between Facebook, Oculus and RED camera makers. So, what are they up to?

RED is working on releasing the first commercial camera that uses the Facebook Surround 360 technology and also offers an amazing VR experience with Oculus Go. Surround 360 goes beyond traditional 2D video recording, which can capture a flat 90 to 120 degree image, and allows you to record stereoscopic 360-degree videos. Using a headset like the Oculus Go, viewers can move in all directions, including with tilted or rotated angles, to explore the footage.

RoadtoVR has some more official details from RED, as the company did not reveal too much at the F8. However, the sample footage above really captures the camera’s low-light performance: “RED optimizes pixel count and caliber to deliver superior image quality for professional content creators. By capturing 16 stops worth of light, RED meets the algorithmic requirements of depth estimation, as well as the artistic demands of a linear color workflow, to create quality 6DOF content.”

In this context, Facebook’s depth estimation technology captures full 3D information about all objects in scenes which delivers a complete 3D reconstruction.

“From capture with this new camera to depth estimation with Otoy and editing/post-processing with Adobe, Foundry, and Otoy, we’re optimizing for premium 3D output that can be experienced on Facebook and in VR.”, reads the Oculus post.

All that remains to be seen is an official launch date. As of yet, there’s no word if this project will launch in 2018 or 2019.

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