The team behind VideoStitch, a program that stitches together multi-directional camera footage to create 360-degree video, announced the Orah 4i, a camera that streams 360-degree VR video at 4K resolution to online video platforms and VR headsets.
The camera rigs that are currently capable of live-streaming VR content, usually consist of at least six GoPros. They can capture high-quality footage, but the whole assembly is accompanied by a lot of wires and it needs to be connected to a powerful computer to manage all the data. This fact leads to complicated setups and little mobility. So VideoStitch decided to fill this gap in the growing VR market. The company built a camera that is cheaper and simpler to operate than anything offered before.
The entire Orah 4i setup can fit into a backpack. The camera is about the size of a baseball and fits on any standard camera mount. It has four fisheye lenses, each able to capture 4K video. Through an Ethernet cable, the camera connects to the “stitching box”, a compact computer that has all the processing components for stitching the video together: an Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU, and a 120GB SSD. The box also has enough ports for anything you’ll need, including a microphone, headset, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, plus Bluetooth LAN and Wi-Fi capabilities.
“Until today, a live VR video production workflow relied on an array of small cameras put together on a holder. Videographers then dealt with multiple cables, power supplies and a variety of small hardware components. Orah removes these inefficiencies and numerous points of failure and lets them focus on what really matters to them for creating compelling content. We have developed a solution that streams 4K resolution, live, virtual reality video to headsets – all with the push of a button”, said Nicolas Burtey, CEO and founder of VideoStitch.
The camera, stitching box, and cables are anticipated to ship out this summer. When first announced, Orah 4i was priced at $1,800, but from May 1st, the price will incrementally increase over time until reaching $3,600. Compared to other 4K or live streaming VR cameras, the Orah’s price is quite reasonable. A 4K DSLR can cost you $6,000, while a GoPro VR array – $15,000.
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