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

Sep 26

Fraunhofer DCA Presents Light-Field Plugin for Avid Media Composer

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.

Fraunhofer DCA Presents Light-Field Plugin for Avid Media Composer (picture: Fraunhofer IIS)

Fraunhofer DCA Presents Light-Field Plugin for Avid Media Composer (picture: Fraunhofer IIS) 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:
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Mar 29

Lytro Meltdown Update: Viewer 2.0 and Communicator 1.0.1.1 with New Features

Lytro Meltdown Update: Viewer 2.0 and Communicator 1.0.1.1 with New Features A few days ago, Jan Kučera released updates to both the Lytro Compatible Viewer and Lytro Compatible Communicator, bringing a range of new viewing options to the earlier, and wireless LFP download to the latter.

The author summarizes what’s new:

The wave of major updates finishes with a new release of the viewer. It now renders sub-aperture, epipolar and raw squared views that can also be exported. The sub-aperture images can be laid each over other to achieve subtle refocus effect. The precision improvements and usage of all microlenses should lead to noticeably better previews. Overall stability, especially when dealing with invalid files, was also improved.
This comes with a small update to the communicator as well, allowing you to generate LFP files from the camera over Wi-Fi, so you no longer need to connect it over USB to get your pictures.

Complete changelogs and download links after the break: Continue reading

Mar 17

Lytro Compatible Communicator: Wireless Shutter Release and File Access for your Lytro Camera

Lytro Compatible Communicator: Basic Information (screenshot: Jan Kučera) Remember Jan Kučera’s Lytro Meltdown with LFP File Viewer and Windows Shell Integration?
The author has just released a new piece of software called “The Communicator”, which allows you to connect to your Lytro Camera’s WiFi and

  • Read out basic hardware information, battery status, camera time and more.
  • Wirelessly view and download pictures currently stored on the camera.
  • Monitor internal camera activities.
  • Download other files from the camera’s internal storage.
  • Send raw commands to the camera. (only try this if you know what you are doing!)
  • Remotely “press” the shutter button and take a picture via WiFi.

Before you continue, please be advised that using third-party software to communicate with your Lytro camera voids your warranty and is potentially dangerous! Continue reading