CNET First Look
Orah 4i camera live-streams VR to YouTubeThis 360-degree camera makes streaming virtual reality content to YouTube really simple.
Live streaming is the next frontier in virtual reality and the Orah 4i wants to be the easiest solution out there. It's a camera that shoots 4K VR straight to YouTube with just a few clicks. So the camera component of the Orah system has full 170 degree wide angle lenses Two are facing up and two are facing down, in order to get the whole scene. There are four microphones around which give an ambisonics sound experience. So, that means sound is coming from all around you when you're listening in headphones. While the camera is really Really small. There's also a box that does all the stitching and calibrating automatically. To connect the camera to the control box, plug in an ethernet cable that delivers power and data. You also have the option of connecting an external microphone to the control box. Once it's connected to the internet, you can preview the stream from a browser and then send it out to a live broadcast on YouTube. When the broadcast is active, watch it on YouTube's mobile app or in a VR headset. Exposure is automatic. But it compensate with a sort of HDR or High Dynamic Video. It plans the correct exposure to the high light and shadow areas all from the box. [UNKNOWN] on the box also lets you record video without live training. It records a stitched and unstitched version for maximum flexibility. And the video quality is impressive from the demo we shot in CNET's offices. There's about a minute's delay when you watch the stream on YouTube. But that's because of YouTube's rendering process rather than a bottleneck on the camera itself. With a price point of $3.595 it's not an everyday camera. It's definitely geared towards music, sports, and news applications. [MUSIC]