On the heels of shipping its standaloneheadset, Facebook is turning its attention to what you can actually do in VR. Apparently, that includes a brand-new professional Red camera designed to capture real-world 360-degree video that you can explore.
There's no word yet on what it'll look like or how much it'll cost, but Facebook's Brian Cabral, who led the company's previous, hinted that the companies' prototypes have already appeared on set.
If you're not familiar with Red, it's a company that makes modular cameras and high-resolution sensors for filmmakers, with a compact design and excellent quality that's made it a darling of Netflix. It's also the company that developed the odd but interesting phone-sized "holographic" cameraphone, which hasn't shipped -- it was expected earlier this year, but Red has stopped accepting preorders.and the big streaming studios like
The Hydrogen seems like it could be an interesting fit for Facebook's VR efforts as well; at about $2,000 it's not priced for consumers, but that's pretty cheap for for everyone from small businesses to filmmakers in tight spaces who want to create immersive content, not just for the Oculuses but for marketing products and services via Facebook. The phone has stereo cameras that can capture "holographic" footage for a format called 4-View.
And while Red doesn't currently have a VR rig, others like NextVR have used its cameras to create their own 360-degree capture rigs. NextVR also happens to be one of the first companies to develop for the new . Red cameras' modularity lends itself to roll-your-own solutions; with sensors of varying resolutions and prices up to 8K, the technology a lot more flexible than, say, Google's . (Configure one for yourself!)