Oct 29

More Immersive 360 Degree VR Video: Facebook Surround 360 and Adobe Sidewinder

Facebook Surround 360, x24 and x6 models (picture: UploadVR.com) Earlier this year, Facebook and OTOY revealed a new recording technique to combine 360 degree video with depth information. The football-sized sphere contains 24 cameras (there’s also a smaller version with just 6 cameras), allows the recording of 360 degree virtual reality video with 6 degrees of freedom, making it possible for viewers to not only turn their head and look around themselves while locked into the fixed position of the camera, but move around slightly in the scene.

Now, at the Adobe MAX creator’s conference in Las Vegas, Adobe has unveiled project Sidewinder, an experimental software tool which creates a very similar effect based on just two camera views. Continue reading

Jul 26

Software Updates: Lytro Illum Firmware 2.0, Lytro Desktop 4.3

Software Updates: Lytro Illum Firmware 2.0, Lytro Desktop 4.3 Earlier this month, Lytro released two major software updates that bring a range of new features to the Lytro Illum and Lytro Desktop.

Upgrading your Lytro Illum to firmware v2.0 will get you a redefined, sleeker touchscreen interface, fully customizeable menu, physical distance information, and more area for your subjects in live view and and playback mode (including a new full screen view). Continue reading

Feb 22

Light Field Toolbox 0.4 adds Linear Depth/Focus and Denoising Filters

Light Field Toolbox 0.4 adds Linear Depth/Focus and Denoising Filters If you’ve been following the development of the Light Field Toolbox for Matlab, please note that the author has released an update with new features: Light Field Toolbox v0.4 builds upon the previous version and adds linear depth/focus and denoising filters for light field pictures.

For more technical information regarding these filters and their use, please refer to the following upcoming publication: D.G. Dansereau, O. Pizarro, and S. B. Williams, “Linear Volumetric Focus for Light Field Cameras,” to appear in ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), vol. 34, no. 2, 2015.

As always, you may download the current version and corresponding Light Field Sample Pack via the links below, or head over to the project page for more information:

  Light Field Toolbox v0.4 (977.1 KiB, 1,891 hits)

  Light Field Sample Pack for LightField Toolbox v0.3 and v0.4 (386.5 MiB, 1,611 hits)

New functions in this version: Continue reading

Jan 18

Lytro in Linux: Lyli Aims to Become Open-Source Alternative to Lytro Desktop [Updated]

Lytro in Linux: Lyli Aims to Become Open-Source Alternative to Lytro Desktop As exciting as the technology is, not everybody has access to Lytro’s light field tech due to their computer platform of choice. For the obvious reason of limited resources and man-hours in a small startup, it took the company an additional five months from the release of their first-generation camera to expand from Mac-only software to Windows, back in 2012. Linux, on the other hand, continues to be “not currently on Lytro’s roadmap“.

Now, in our forums section, Lukáš Jirkovský has announced his own Linux-compatible, open-source alternative to Lytro Desktop, called Lyli.

Lyli is a work in progress, but the developer has big plans for his application: Continue reading

Nov 30

Light Field Toolbox 0.3: Compatibility with Lytro Illum and Lytro Desktop 4 and more

Light Field Toolbox 0.3: Compatibility with Lytro Illum and Lytro Desktop 4 and more Donald Danserau’s LightField Toolbox is a collection of software tools to process light field data in Matlab. The software package has recently received an update to version 0.3., which adds compatibility for files created with Lytro Illum and Lytro Desktop 4.
LightField Toolbox can now directly open Lytro LFP files, and new functions allow reading of gantry-style light fields.

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