At the Facebook F8 developer conference, Facebook unveiled a VR camera.
Facebook announced Facebook Surround 360 virtual reality video camera. Surround 360 is an open, high-quality, production-ready 3D-360 hardware and software video capture system.
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Surround 360 is a professional grade end-to-end system to capture, edit and render high-quality 3D-360 video. The system includes a design for camera hardware and the accompanying stitching code, and Facebook will make both available on GitHub this summer.
The social media giant is open-sourcing the camera and the software to accelerate the growth of the 3D-360 ecosystem. Developers can leverage the designs and code, and content creators can use the camera in their productions.
Building on top of an optical flow algorithm is a mathematically rigorous approach that produces superior results. The code uses optical flow to compute left-right eye stereo disparity. Facebook leverages this ability to generate seamless stereoscopic 360 panoramas, with little to no hand intervention.
The stitching code drastically reduces post-production time. What is usually done by hand can now be done by algorithm, taking the stitching time from weeks to overnight.
The Facebook 360 Surround exports 4K, 6K, and 8K video for each eye. The 8K videos double industry standard output and can be played on Gear VR with Facebook's custom Dynamic Streaming technology.
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