Lytro keeps a steady flow of new features coming for existing and new users of their Light Field Camera. Most importantly, the newest Versions of Lytro Desktop and Lytro Mobile now offer 3D viewing and output for Living Pictures.
But there’s more!
Are you still looking for an easy way to explore those Lytro LFP-files outside of Lytro Desktop? Jan Kučera from Charles University Prague has taken a closer look at the Lytro camera, and published his findings on a small website titled LYTRO meltdown.
Tech-minded fans will find some very detailled information on the camera hardware and structure of basic files associated with the camera and software. For example, did you ever wonder what the “backup” really does, when you connect your camera to the computer for the first time?
The homemade software library (LightFieldLibrary.dll) available at the website works with Lytro’s light field files, and allows programmers to integrate Lytro compatibility into their own software.
There’s also something waiting for the less tech-savvy Lytro fans: Jan’s very own Lytro Compatible Viewer, which enables you to easily open raw and processed lfp files: Continue reading
Just in time for Lytro’s sales launch in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, the company has released a new major version of their proprietary Lytro Desktop Software, which is used to view, edit and interact with their camera’s light field pictures (“Living Pictures”).
Key features in Lytro Desktop 3.0:
Lytro’s recent upgrade to Lytro Desktop 2.0 entailed some file format changes that rendered light field files incompatible with lfpsplitter.
An update to lfpsplitter, provided by Elissa Weidaw, now accommodates for these changes and makes lfpsplitter usable again. The author has made sure to keep the lfpsplitter syntax unchanged.
Since Lytro Desktop 2.0, LFP image stacks are encoded as H264 frame sequences – used to compress files and speed up loading times. Due to “legal issues swirling around H264 decoding”, lfpsplitter does not decode said sequences. There are, however, other tools (e.g. ffmpeg) that will do the extra step for you.
More information and download link: lfpsplitter at GitHub
Here are the official README_V2 contents: Continue reading
About a month ago, Lytro released version 2.0 of their Desktop Software for Mac and Windows.
The update included not only the new Perspective Shift and Living Filters features, but was also the first version to officially support Windows 8 64-bit. Another new aspect of the software, to be comprehensive, is the possibility to change the Lytro Library location from within the software interface.
Among the usual “Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements to performance and stability”, however, we found another quite strong improvement: It looks like the latest Lytro Desktop version makes up for some pale, washed-out colours, and greatly enhances color representation in (at least some) pictures.