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.

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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

Dec 20

Lightfield Iris: New Software to Edit Lytro Pictures [Mac]

Lightfield Iris: New Software to Edit Lytro Pictures [Mac] If you’ve been longing for an easy way to edit your Lytro images, here’s an early Christmas present: Belgian startup company Vertical Horizon has just released Lightfield Iris for Mac, the first (to our knowledge) piece of commercial third-party image manipulation software for Lytro pictures.

Lightfield Iris (AppStore Link) Lightfield Iris ($19.99)
Geert Jadoul (Rated:
4+)

Lightfield Iris allows users to browse and edit processed images from the Lytro Desktop Image Database, and…

  • adjust image parameters such as brightness, contrast, saturation and luminance.
  • straighten your picture.
  • apply unsharp mask and noise reduction.
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