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Nokia's Ozo VR rig shoots and edits pro-quality, immersive 360 videoThe Nokia Ozo costs more than $45,000 when you include peripheral devices, but for video creators and filmmakers looking to make high-quality 360-degree VR video content, this solution is worth checking out.
[MUSIC] It's watching you with eight eyes open. [MUSIC] This is the Nokia Oso, a 360 degree stereoscopic camera encased in a smooth gray sphere. Each lens has a 195 degree field of view, with an aperture at s 2.4. The [UNKNOWN] are 2K by 2K synchronized senses, capturing footage at 30 frames per second. [MUSIC] Audio is recorded with eight microphones capturing sound from every angle. There's a price tag to match all these specs. An eye watering $45,000 US dollars. [SOUND] Apart from the camera this digital cartridge is essential. It has the battery and a media module with 500 GB of storage. This one is an extra $5000. [SOUND] But there's even more to invest. To connect the camera you have to do the NCI camera and a black magic ultra studio mini recorder, you guessed it, none of these are included. Everything is controlled through the Ozone remote app that runs only on certain high end Mac's. The black magic box that allows to the camera to the photo The app lets you adjust shutter speed, color temperature, and start or stop recording. You can also select to shoot with just the four cameras in the middle ring or all eight. Having to carry around the entire camera set up, which comes in this rolling case, and the computer can be kind of cumbersome, so we hope that they'll be introducing a phone app sometime soon. But there is an advantage to having all of this gear and that's confidence because you can monitor and set everything up and know you've got the shot before you start recording. We took the Ozo on two main streets. The first one we mounted all 9.3 pounds of it on the inside of a car. The second was at the Green Toys Manufacturing Plant. [MUSIC] two very different situations that put the old way to the test from changing lightning conditions to loss of movement, make sure to check out the results for yourself in full 360. Processing footage takes time and it is resource intensive. To give you an idea, one minute of video takes seven hours to make a final fish. The post production is a whole other discussion as well, which you can find out more about on the scene at [UNKNOWN]. So overall, the OZO isn't a camera for you and me. But, as a professional film making tool it's bound to open up possibilities that are just the tip of the [UNKNOWN] iceberg. [MUSIC]