Everyone keeps telling me that Virtual Reality (VR) is the ‘next big thing' — so maybe this is your next filmmaking camera?
Well, maybe not… the price is anticipated to be $60,000 US so maybe that's out of reach for a few of us LOL. It was announced last year but the price wasn't mentioned.
It has 8 cameras with synchronized shutters and 8 microphones built in and is designed to even do live streaming. Way ahead of the curve on this aren't they? But man, it looks cool.
Nokia sold their phone business in 2014 and this is their first product since then. Are they looking to radically change the filmmaking market? Will their next device be cheaper? We can hope right?
Let's hope we can try it at NAB in the Virtual Reality section in the North Hall.
What's your plan for getting into Virtual Reality? Something that is even on your radar?
Highly-anticipated Nokia OZO Professional Virtual Reality Camera Now Available from Radiant Images
Via Radiant Images Press:
LOS ANGELES (March 11, 2016) – The compact and powerful Nokia OZO, the world’s first professional Virtual Reality camera, is now available for purchase and rental at Radiant Images in Los Angeles.
Purpose-built and intelligently designed, the Nokia OZO is taking VR capture and end-to-end workflow solutions to the next level. The camera, weighing less than 10 pounds, captures 360 degree and stereoscopic video with 360X360 surround sound via eight synchronized global shutter sensors and eight integrated microphones. OZO features wireless control and enables real-time monitoring with an efficient and time-saving playback solution.
Radiant Images (www.radiantimages.com) has been selected as one of the first authorized resellers in the U.S.A. Radiant is an award-winning digital cinema innovator that has gained recognition as the market leader in providing cutting edge VR and augmented reality technologies.
“We’re thrilled to announce OZO’s availability through Radiant Images,” said Guido Voltolina, Head of Presence Capture, Nokia Technologies. “Offering OZO through Radiant Images will provide a comprehensive VR capture solution to the new community of VR content creators. Radiant’s clients expect the highest quality and we look forward to continuously improving the VR content creation experience with Radiant’s help and introducing many new storytellers to OZO’s amazing technology.”
OZO is available for purchase with immediate delivery and may also be rented on a project basis by the day or week. Contact Radiant at 323-737-1314, [email protected] or via our online form to discuss your project and needs.
“The OZO represents the next wave of innovation in VR capture and we feel honored that Nokia has entrusted us to collaborate with professional content creators to help them fully utilize the creative power of this camera,” said Michael Mansouri, VP at Radiant Images.
He added, “There is a simplicity and beauty to OZO that’s just incredible and really fits our mindset of streamlining the process of visual storytelling. OZO is compact and versatile and is going to make it even easier for our clients to capture truly immersive VR content in a very compelling way.”
Conceived at Nokia’s R&D facilities in Tampere, Finland, OZO boasts the power of one: one single video files stores all video and audio date in perfect sync; one output cable; one internal battery and power with solid state drive recording cartridge.
OZO uses eight synchronized 2K x 2K camera sensors, and records to a 500 GB solid state drive that can hold up to 45 minutes of footage. Software built for OZO enables real-time 3D stereoscopic monitoring, and an innovative playback solution that removes the need to pre-assemble a panoramic image, a time-consuming process with previously available solutions.
OZO's recorded content can be quickly published for display on commercially available VR viewing hardware and it integrates into existing post production workflows including third-party color correction and stitching tools, dramatically simplifying content production at all stages. More information is available at ozo.nokia.com.
OZO joins Radiant’s already impressive stable of customized VR cameras, mounts and delivery solutions. Radiant Images is the creator of the first-of-its-kind Mobius POV helmet rig and the Headcase Codex 360 rig, plus numerous advances in VR mobility and VR power solutions. The company also is partnered with VRLIVE (www.VRLIVE.com), a virtual reality live-streaming network that delivers high-quality 360-degree content to any mobile device anywhere.
Radiant has a dedicated VR wing inside its new, 28,000-square-foot facility in Northeast Los Angeles with access to an in-house engineering team and rapid prototype capabilities to provide filmmakers with the latest virtual reality tools and creative solutions.
For more information about Radiant Images, visit online at www.radiantimages.com. You can also find Radiant Images on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
By focusing on the human possibilities of technology, Nokia (www.nokia.com) embraces the connected world to help people thrive. Its businesses are leaders in their respective fields: Nokia Networks provides broadband and wireless infrastructure, software and services; Nokia Technologies, developer of OZO, provides advanced technology development and intellectual property licensing. Media inquiries at [email protected].
(cover photo credit: snap from Radiant Images)