Shooting 3D VR footage can be expensive and difficult. However, the Vuze camera from HumanEyes Technologies could make it more accessible thanks to a sub US$1,000 price tag and an easy-to-use design. The flying saucer-shaped device uses eight cameras dotted around its circumference, and comes with tools needed to help produce, edit and enjoy your VR creations.
The Vuze camera has been designed as an easy-to-use consumer device, and is controlled by a dedicated iOS and Android app. Around its circumference are eight Full HD cameras with ultra-wide angle lenses to each capture 120-degree horizontal and 180-degree vertical images. Within the app, users can see any of the eight camera views to frame shots, shoot stills or video, and also preview or delete content.
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When combined, the footage from these eight cameras can be used to generate 4K 30 fps (frames per second) VR content, and users can easily switch between 2D and 3D 360-degree spherical images and videos. Internal processing is used to render easy-to-edit video files, ready to be transferred to a computer.
Editing, processing and sharing the resulting VR content can then be done using Vuze Studio (available for Macs and PCs) where a proprietary technique called Adaptive Blending offers seamless stitching of the different cameras in near real-time processing. Users can also apply filters and make other adjustments. Once created, 360-degree Vuze VR movie files can be exported and played on nearly any VR headset or 3D enabled device.
The camera itself measures 120 x 120 x 30 mm (4.7 x 4.7 x 1.2 in) and weighs 250 g (8.8 oz). It will be available in a variety of colors including blue, red, black and yellow, and will come bundled with a tripod which turns into a selfie stick, VR head-mounted goggles and access to the VUZE Studio software suite.
The Vuze camera is currently on show at CES and is due to be available in August 2016 priced under $1,000.
You can check out a promo video for the Vuze camera below.