NEO: Jaunt's 1st Professional 360 Camera
Today, Jaunt announced a new virtual reality camera with the codename “NEO”, the company's first professional-grade VR camera system designed to enable the next generation of storytellers, filmmakers, VR content creators, visual artists to create the best quality, fully immersive, 360 degree cinematic virtual reality content!
Backed by Google Venture as one of Jaunt's series B investors, and collaboration between the two was announced last week. Jaunt will provide professional cinematic VR content to Google's very own Youtube platform, which now supports playback of 360 degree videos! Users can now easily embed 360 videos on their website and share them across social media platforms!
The patent pending camera system is built upon 2.5 years of extensive research and development, prototyping, and field-testing. Elevating not only the capture and quality of VR content, “NEO's” stunning, sleek industrial design and appearance represents a technological step forward in VR cinematic storytelling!
With the “NEO” cameras, Jaunt Studios will scale up production of professional-grade VR content. Jaunt Studios launched in May, and is focused on developing and producing cinematic VR experiences in collaboration with leading creative visionaries. The first “NEO” camera systems will be available to partners in August 2015, with production to scale up later this year.
“With NEO we have overcome many of the technical hurdles of producing high quality cinematic VR experiences. NEO is the culmination of several years of research, its image quality and ease-of-use will allow creatives to focus on producing awesome content without the complexity of cameras built from off-the-shelf components not designed for VR.” said Arthur van Hoff, co-founder & CTO of Jaunt.
As Jaunt’s 5th generation patent-pending VR camera system, “NEO” pushes the limits when it comes to technological innovation, with major advancements in key components of previous hardware designs, making it the most comprehensive solution for professional applications.
NEO System Main Features & Details
● High quality, high resolution, full 360° capture
● Custom optics specifically designed for 3D light-field capture
● Large format sensors with superior low-light performance
● High dynamic range (HDR) imaging
● Fully synchronized global shutter sensor array
● Time-lapse and high frame-rate capture
● Compact and weatherproof form factor
● Stunning 360 degree industrial design by LUNAR
● Extensive tool set for configuration, rendering, and asset management
“Every aspect of the NEO design, from the high-speed image sensor, to the wide-angle optics, to the embedded software, was engineered with cinematic VR capture in mind. NEO is a flexible system that offers turn-on-and-shoot simplicity for capturing spontaneous events, while also providing full manual control for creatives to set up the perfect shot.” said Koji Gardiner, Director of Hardware Engineering @ Jaunt.
In addition to the NEO camera series, Jaunt also engineered important improvements to their creative workflow allowing for easier integration with the use of the leading post-production tools commonly used by today’s creatives. With these new workflow improvements, Jaunt Studios partners can now edit VR content using tools such as Avid, Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, Nuke, RV, Shotgun, Maya, 3Ds Max, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, Assimilate's Scratch, Lustre and others to create the highest-quality VR content available.
According to Jaunt & Upload VR, NEO is for professionals to produce movies or record & capture live events in premium quality, because it's not made of consumer-grade components such as Gopro used on Google Jump. NEO is not for sale, it's only available for rental to Jaunt's customers.
Content & Image Source: Jaunt VR, PC World, Upload VR