Light field video camera

I have earlier written about light field photography and related new camera technologies earlier in this blog.It has been somewhat silent on this market for some time, but now something interesting happens – Lytro (best known maker of light field cameras) has released Lytro Cinema camera for professional video and digital film production markets. Lytro Cinema is the most “mainstream” effort yet from the company to introduce their light field technology to filmmakers.

Lytro Cinema advertises to be the world’s first Light Field solution for film and television. It promises to be the ultimate creative tool for cinema and broadcast, providing breakthrough capabilities and unparalleled flexibility on set and in post-production for cutting edge visual effects (VFX). 

Lytro’s 755 megapixel Cinema light field camera is going to kill the green screen article tells that Lytro is taking its rich, volumetric 3D camera capture technology into the world of TV and film. Lytro’s Cinema is 755-megapixel light field camera that offers 40K resolution at 300 FPS.  The promise is that it offers rich, volumetric 3D camera capture technology into the world of TV and film and is going to kill the green screen technology for making special effects.

This Lytro Cinema video gives you overview of this camera:

Lytro Cinema from Lytro on Vimeo.

The rich dataset captured by the camera system produces a Light Field master that can be rendered in many formats in post-production.  The tech essentially uses data on all of the available light in a photo to separate objects by depth and store them in a three-dimensional grid – it is a form of volumetric 3D camera capture technology. The Lytro Cinema camera gathers a truly staggering amount of information on the world around it. Every pixel has color properties, directional properties, and its exact placement in space. The 755 RAW megapixel 40K resolution, 300 FPS camera takes in as much as 400 gigabytes per second of data.

The claim is that Lytro’s 755 megapixel Cinema light field camera is going to kill the green screen at least for those who can afford to use it. With depth screen, it’s as if there is a green screen for every object in the scene. This cutting edge technology is not cheap as rental packages start at $125K.

For more information check Lytro Cinema page and their demo videos. This looks interesting.

1 Comment

  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Lytro’s light field vision finally shows its worth

    While many of the virtual reality experiences being shown off at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival are pushing boundaries in VR story-telling techniques, “Hallelujah” is perhaps most noteworthy because of the cutting edge tech used to shoot the experience and the story behind it.

    A few months after announcing development on its VR-centric camera, the company announced Lytro Cinema, an almost comically large filmmaking camera that sports the highest resolution video sensor ever made capturing as much as 400 gigabytes per second.

    The virtual reality rig used to shoot “Hallelujah” also comes with a massive form factor; Lytro’s VR Immerge camera is a hulking, data-hungry, hexagonal device made up of an array of 95 individual cameras.


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