Technology giants Google is ready to infiltrate into the camera segment with ‘Yi Halo’.
It’s a 17 lens 360-degree halo camera rig made with support from Chinese Hardware Company Yi, which is backed by Xiaomi
Google’s new VR camera is a 17-camera unit that is capable of capturing 8K x 8K stereoscopic 360-degree footage at 30fps and also 6K x 6K content at 60fps.The Stereoscopy feature helps in enhancing the illusion of depth and thus add a layer of reality to the video.
With more & more people loving the 360-Degree and VR content, it is a no-brainer for Google to come up with such an advanced VR camera rig. But this masterpiece from Google will leave a void of $17,000 in your bank account.
The 17 cameras are arranged along the periphery in a circular manner and all of these can be managed via the Android companion app. Furthermore, the camera rig also offers a touchscreen that displays stats like SD card capacity and battery indicator. Google has also launched the Jump Start program which aims at filmmakers and content producers create VR content. The filmmakers will be given access to the Halo and Jump Assembler software in order to create 360-degree movies. Google is open to giving out this tool for more than 100 people provided they fill out a form by Google.
The whole rig weighs just under eight pounds and provides filmmakers the flexibility needed while shooting even a rather tricky shot. This has been coupled with a massive battery which lasts for 100 minutes of continuous shooting on a single charge, where the lenses provide you with an offset of actual eyes. This enables the stitching software to paint more realistic, 3D scenery using the captured video.
The greatest thing about this rig is that the 17th 4K camera is looking straight up. This enables the camera to also capture the sky (or the ceiling), for which filmmakers struggle when stitching the images together.
The core idea of Jump program is to encourage VR filmmaking by removing some of the biggest barriers. Google provides general blueprints for the ringed camera rig as well as server space for stitching all the high-resolution imagery together and then gets to kick back while hardware companies and filmmakers create content to fill its budding Daydream VR platform.
The Yi Halo will be made available to creators and filmmakers through Google’s limited access Jump Start program. It will provide them free access to both Yi Halo camera and unlimited use of the Jump Assembler, which works in the cloud, for their VR film. Google is aiming to reach over 100 creators, who have until 22nd May to apply for being selected as a part of the program. The 17-camera monster rig will officially go on sale for everyone in the coming summer season
Last modified: March 3, 2018