Great news for all 360 video creators coming from F8 – Facebook’s big event.
“We do not have ambitions of getting into the camera business, but we realize there wasn’t a good reference camera” Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox told reporters Monday.
- Super high-quality footage: 17 4-megapixel lenses can shoot in 4K, 6K, and even 8K, dumping the 30-gigabit per second data to a hard drive over USB. The one fish eye lens on top and two on the bottom mean there’s no hole in the footage above or beneath you, and the pole the camera stands on disappears.
- Easy post-production required: Genlocking to connect all the lenses the software can do less work so footage is ready for distribution an order of magnitude faster, in a day rather than weeks.
Facebook is not planning on selling the camera. The camera itself is worth checking out but the real news is that Facebook plans on keeping the stiching software solutions opensource. What does this mean? That other camera manufacturers will be able to use the software and integrate it with thier own hardware.
Plans and software should be released in the next months.