Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Lytro's first pro movie camera is designed for visual effects magic

Lytro Cinema's light field tech kills the need for green screens.
2 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

While there are plenty of advanced digital movie cameras, most of them aren't really designed for the modern realities of movie making, where computer-generated effects are seemingly ubiquitous. You'll still have to bust out the green screen if you want to put those real actors in a digital world. Lytro might have a better way, though. It's introducing the Lytro Cinema, a movie camera built with digital effects in mind. Since Lytro's light field technology captures a massive, 3D picture of the environment (755 RAW megapixels at up to 300FPS), you might never need a green screen again -- you can accurately determine the objects you want to keep in a given scene.

The Cinema also gives cinematographers the rare chance to adjust camera settings after the fact. You can choose the focal point, of course (possible even in the original Lytro cam), but you can also adjust depth of field, dynamic range (up to 16 stops) and shutter speed. In short, you won't have to reshoot just because you weren't quite happy with the output. The master footage also makes it comparatively easy to adapt to different frame rates and video formats, like IMAX and TV broadcasts.

Don't plan on using one to produce your fan film any time soon. Rental packages start at $125,000, and there aren't mentions of plans to sell the camera directly. The Cinema is really meant for top-tier studios with giant budgets, not indies getting their first production off the ground. Even so, it might be a big deal -- it could not only save valuable post-production time, but give creators more freedom to experiment with and perfect their shots.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
2 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
'Fortnite' DirectX 12 update boosts performance on high-end PCs

'Fortnite' DirectX 12 update boosts performance on high-end PCs

View
Check out the trailer for the final episode of Darth Vader's VR saga

Check out the trailer for the final episode of Darth Vader's VR saga

View
Karma's latest supercar concept boasts neck-snapping power

Karma's latest supercar concept boasts neck-snapping power

View
Washington, DC sues DoorDash for allegedly misleading users about tips

Washington, DC sues DoorDash for allegedly misleading users about tips

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr