Light field technology produces a completely new, and fundamentally richer, set of data. With all of the advantages of this technology, the obvious downside is that there isn’t yet much software out there to process this data.
Now, the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance has presented a light-field plug-in for the popular video post processing application Avid Media Composer.
According to their press release, the software plugin is able to create high-resolution depth maps, change focus, move perspective or add 3D effects and camera movement. The output can then be used to generate footage for 2D, 3D or multi-view displays — and all of that by using existing video software. A licensing model is available for professional users interested in working with light-field video.
Full press release after the break:
ExifTool is a popular piece of open-source software which allows users to read, edit and write EXIF metadata from/to images and video. The newest update to version 9.70, released earlier this month, adds support for Lytro RAW files and enables us to read EXIF metadata from Light Field Picture (LFP) files.
Click below to download ExifTool 9.70 directly, or head over to cpan.org to find the latest version.
ExifTool 9.70 (3.7 MiB, 100 hits)
Viewpoint Laboratories has recently introduced what we believe to be the first third-party accessory for the Lytro Illum: the new “OverDome Light Diffusing Photography Enclosure” (i.e. cloud dome) for the Illum light field camera allows users to record well-lit, largely shadow-free closeup pictures by scattering light through a translucent, white acrylic hemisphere.
175 years ago, British inventor William Henry Fox Talbot recorded the first ever photograph on paper. To celebrate the subsequent evolution of cameras and photography, Lytro treats us to an infographic overviewing the major development steps of almost two centuries.
The infographic includes paper photography and digital photography, and ends with the most recent advances in digital imaging, e.g. the Gigapixel camera and their own Illum light field camera: Continue reading
Up until now, Lytro users looking for the iOS app that would let them connect to their Illum wirelessly could only find a notice promising that the “Lytro Mobile for Illum” would be “coming soon”.
A new Lytro support document now states the exact release date of Lytro Mobile 2: it’s tomorrow, August 19 2014.
Update on 2014-08-19: You can now get the app here:
Lytro Mobile 2.0 is the first major release of an app compatible with both the first-generation Lytro camera and the Lytro Illum. The app allwos viewing and interacting with Living Pictures directly on your iPhone or iPad, including software refocus (single tap), synthetic aperture (two finger twist) and perspective shift (rotate device; 64-bit devices only). Continue reading