Canon Introduces 180° Stereoscopic Lens for VR Video Capture

Canon, one of many world’s main digicam makers, at this time launched a brand new dual-optic lens which captures 180° stereoscopic views by a single sensor on the corporate’s high-end EOS R5 digicam.

Canon at this time introduced what it calls the EOS VR System which incorporates its new dual-optic digicam lens, new firmware for its EOS R5 digicam to help immersive seize, and new software program for dealing with post-processing.

The brand new RF5.2mm F2.Eight L Twin Fisheye lens is attention-grabbing as a result of it captures each views onto the one picture sensor within the Canon EOS R5 digicam. Though this divides the decision (as a result of each views are captured in the identical body), it additionally stands to simplify the method of capturing 180° imagery as a result of each views will essentially have matching time sync, alignment, shade, calibration, and focus. If any of those components aren’t matched they’ll have a unfavorable influence on the vieweing expertise as a result of it’s uncomfortable for the eyes to reconcile the discrepancies between every view. Capturing this manner additionally implies that the output is a single file for each eyes, which might streamline post-production in comparison with cameras which seize every eye’s view in a separate file (or many views which should be stitched collectively).

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The lens has an aperture of f/2.Eight to f/16 and will be centered as shut as Eight-inches. The gap between the lenses is fastened at 60mm to be near the everyday human IPD. The corporate plans to replace its Canon Join and EOS Utility packages to supply a distant live-view by the lens for monitoring and taking pictures at a distance. Canon says the lens will likely be out there in late December and priced at $2,000.

Round that point the corporate can even launch two items of subscription-based software program, an EOS VR Utility and EOS VR plug-in for Adobe Premiere Professional.

The EOS VR Utility will be capable of convert the captured information from dual-fisheye to an equirectangular projection (which is supported by most immersive video gamers), in addition to make “fast edits” and select the decision and file format earlier than exporting.

The EOS VR plug-in for Premiere Professional will allow equirectangular conversion proper inside Premiere and permit the footage to be simply managed inside different Adobe Inventive Cloud apps.

The corporate has but to announce pricing for both utility.

Canon calls the brand new lens “an necessary milestone in our firm’s wealthy historical past as a lens producer,” and says it “welcomes a vibrant future for VR content material creation.”

“This new RF lens produces a surprising 8K digital actuality picture and units itself aside by its simplified workflow. Our purpose is to make immersive storytelling extra accessible for all,” says Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, EVP and GM of Canon Imaging Applied sciences & Communications Group.

Dwell-action immersive video was thought by many to be the next-generation of filmmaking to within the early days of recent VR, but it surely hasn’t seen almost as a lot traction as pre-rendered CGI or real-time rendered content material. Sophisticated immersive digicam techniques absolutely didn’t assist, and to that finish, Canon hopes its new lens and software program instruments could make a distinction.

Nonetheless, most live-action immersive video additionally lacks volumetric seize, which implies the view can rotate (3DOF) however can’t additionally transfer by 3D area (6DOF), which tends to be much less snug and immersive than VR content material which might. A number of firms have been working towards volumetric live-action seize, however a number of key gamers—like Lytro and NextVR—finally didn’t survive and had been offered off earlier than discovering a market match.

Whether or not or not simplified seize and manufacturing pipelines are sufficient to reboot 3DOF live-action immersive content material stays to be seen.

Along with its new lens, Canon has additionally experimented with XR headsets, most lately the MREAL S1 which it confirmed off earlier this yr.

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