Lytro’s light field cameras haven’t proven themselves to be huge sellers in the consumer market, but the technology might be set to revolutionize professional cinematography.
Lytro’s new Cinema camera captures every frame as a set of light field data; each pixel contains not only luminance and color information, but details on speed, location and direction. Editors can thus set focus, aperture and shutter speed any way they want afterwards during post production. They can also map the scene instantly in 3D for effects compositing, cut out certain depth layers as if everything else is a virtual green screen, and even move the camera a little if the shot’s not quite right.
The Lytro Cinema system looks like an absolute beast. Every frame can capture up to 755 RAW megapixels of data, for starters – get your head around that for a second. Then consider that it can shoot up to 300 frames per second for slow motion, and that every frame offers a staggering 16 stops of dynamic range. For reference, that’s about the same amount the RED Epic cinema camera gives you, with about three stops more information in the shadows and highlights than a Canon 5D MkIII still camera.
So it’s got the basic chops to be a genuinely kickass camera. But remember, it captures light fields, not just images. That means every pixel contains information about luminance and colour, like a regular camera, but also depth, direction and speed.
Lytro’s still images are unique and fascinating in that you can select your focus and aperture after shooting, and even virtually move the camera around to get a sense of depth in the image. It’s neat, but not neat enough to make them a hot ticket for consumers or professionals in the photography world. But when this technology is applied to the cinematic image, it’s a seriously big deal.
With the ability to focus and choose aperture after filming, there’s no need for a focus puller on set, and directors are free to let their actors improvise more with space rather than hitting the same spot every time. There will be no such thing as needing to re-shoot for focus. Aperture is irrelevant on set as you can pick any depth of field you like later.
The Latest on: Lytro Cinema
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The Latest on: Lytro Cinema
- Google and IMAX halt work on cinema VR cameraon August 21, 2018 at 1:58 am
Google still has an interest in 3D filming, having brought in staff from Lytro before it too fell away ... There may not be enough potential to inspire a cinema revolution, but live events like the ...
- Lytro Announces Shutdown Following Acquisition Rumorson March 28, 2018 at 12:59 am
The following year, the company introduced Cinema, another professional light field camera that promised to allow for hefty video edits after filming. "At Lytro, we believe that Light Field will ...
- Report: Lytro is shutting down, employees are going to Googleon March 27, 2018 at 11:51 am
Here is Lytro’s full statement: At Lytro ... It has been an honor and a pleasure to contribute to the cinema and Virtual Reality communities, but starting today we will not be taking on new ...
- Google acquires some Lytro folks as the company shutterson March 27, 2018 at 3:48 am
A brief farewell message on Lytro's blog Tuesday read, in part, It has been an honor and a pleasure to contribute to the cinema and Virtual Reality communities, but starting today we will not be ...
- It’s lights-out for Lytro? Google reportedly acquires company patents for $40 millionon March 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm
Slight head movements from a seated location? Ok, cool, but that's not what I was promised. Lytro also hyped their "cinema camera" as the "ultimate creative tool," but that also never left the safety ...
- Report: Google is buying innovative camera startup Lytro for $40 millionon March 21, 2018 at 11:02 am
Neither of these cameras sold very well, and the company eventually moved away from consumer cameras and started making more professional cameras for VR and cinema. TechCrunch says Google's plans for ...
- Google acquisition of Lytro tipped for light field goodieson March 21, 2018 at 9:56 am
The Lytro Immerge and the Lytro Cinema are supposed to change the film industry as we know it. If Google did indeed acquire Lytro, they’d be bringing aboard some brilliant minds capable of improving ...
- 5 Reasons Why Lytro’s New Cinema Camera Is a Game Changeron December 9, 2017 at 9:46 pm
This isn’t your typical new camera release. The Lytro “Cinema” camera and accompanying creative suite is specifically geared towards big studio filmmakers. With revolutionary technology, its special ...
- Lytro's "Living Pictures" Are Officially Deadon December 8, 2017 at 8:37 am
Despite its setbacks in the consumer world, Lytro is thriving, by finding a second like in professional cinemas and Virtual Reality.
- Lytro discontinues 'living pictures' image hosting serviceon December 6, 2017 at 3:02 pm
The problem, as you likely know by now, is that Lytro never really caught on as a consumer camera maker and later shifted its focus to virtual reality and cinema photography. Its special image hosting ...
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