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  • OT: Lytro’s new light field cinema camera

  • Walter Soyka

    April 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    This is a completely different kind of camera. Rather than simply capturing the intensity of light that hits a sensor after going through a lens, light field (or plenoptic) cameras capture the intensity and direction of that light passing through a zillion microlenses.

    This changes all the rules for photography. All kinds of properties like focus, DoF, frame rate, motion blur and even (to an extent) the camera position itself are no longer burned into the captured image, but are rather computed from the light field data, and can thus be post-production decisions. Add in VFX-friendly features like self-stereography, better camera tracking, depth screening (good bye chromakeys), and this redefines what is possible in production.

    So what do you think of the technology? What do you think about the blurring lines between acquisition and post?

    Walter Soyka
    Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
    Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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  • Scott Witthaus

    April 12, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks Walter. This is very cool. Really cool.

    I just worked with a team of students on a 360 AR project and they will love to see this technology. Sending it now.

    Scott Witthaus
    Senior Editor/Post Production Supervisor
    1708 Inc./Editorial
    Professor, VCU Brandcenter

  • Andrew Kimery

    April 12, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Here’s a link with a bit more info.

    Definitely cool conceptually though their still cameras never seemed to gain much traction relative to the initial “whoa, that’s cool” buzz they got at launch. The camera looks massive (like a broadcast camera you’d see at a sporting event), has data requirements up to 400gigs a second, and a base rental price of $125,000 so it’s certainly looking to carve out a niche at the upper end of the pro market. I wonder how well it would intercut with Arri Alexa footage or 35mm?

  • Herb Sevush

    April 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Here’s an “over the top” article about it.,-300fps-cinema-camera-the-biggest-leap-in-video-tech-ever

    For now it’s strictly a rental camera for high end EFX. 3 years from now it might be standard kit. The ability to Key based on “distance from background” will be major. For the rest I’m not too excited about handling focus in post – but when cpu and storage advances make this available as an iPhone option, it will be handy to have.

    Herb Sevush
    Zebra Productions
    nothin\’ attached to nothin\’
    \”Deciding the spine is the process of editing\” F. Bieberkopf

  • Shawn Miller

    April 12, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    I’ve been following this for a few months. It’s an interesting technology full of possibilities. A lot of the cool things that you can do with depth maps and z space information might be possible with live action video. I personally look forward to the day when we no longer have to rely on colored backdrops to isolate foreground from background elements. Things like re-lighting, object removal and CG integration will probably be a lot easier to do… then of course, producers will expect you to do more with even less time… can’t wait.


  • Michael Gissing

    April 13, 2016 at 1:02 am

    I think the Lytro has a frame rate but high enough to then derive any lower rates from the 300fps it captures.

    Really like the ability to do isolation and background and foreground replacement without green screen. Actors of course will utterly hate it.

  • Mark Suszko

    April 13, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I’ve been predicting “z-axis depth based keying” for a couple of years now, and it will be a HUGE game-changer.

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