The Lytro Cinema Camera: A Bright Future for Cinematography

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In filmmaking, cinematographers play a significant role by adding aesthetic value to every single frame of the film. While a director transforms a script into a film, the cinematographer captures the emotions and essence of a scene into a single frame. It is due to the expertise of a cinematographer that film becomes a spectacular visual on screen. Lighting is a huge factor in cinematography, which is why it is more of an art than anything else.

About the Lytro Cinema Camera

The Lytro Cinema Camera was unveiled at the NAB 2016 conference in Las Vegas with a demo video showing what the equipment can achieve. The video titled ‘Life’ was directed by Robert Stromberg, the Academy Award winning Art Director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland and shot by David Stump, the Chief Imaging Scientist at The Virtual Reality Company. ‘Life’ demonstrates the ability of the Lytro Cinema Camera to eliminate the use of green screens in motion picture production. Therefore, CGI and other effects can be integrated into scenes using depth information that Lytro calls ‘depth screening.’

The Lytro Cinema Camera allows cinematographers to control perspective shifts in post-production rather than during filming. Unlike a traditional camera, the Lytro Camera is fitted with a Lytro Light Field Sensor, made up of a micro-lens array. The sensor is able to capture all the information accompanying the light that enters the camera. In post-production, you can refocus the image/frame to the detail you want to display.

Features of the camera

You can also adjust frame rates, shutter speeds, and other parameters after shooting the scene. This offers filmmakers a lot of creative freedom and flexibility. Even the green screen is obviated with the Lytro Camera, opening new doors in visual effects. Rather than using markers to interpret a camera’s movement, the Lytro Camera automatically understands it due to its perception of depth. Now, you can extract objects from the screen based on their distance from other objects.

To put it in simple terms, the Lytro Camera eliminates extra post-production work involving the merger of real objects in a scene and computer-generated graphics. The light field captured by the camera, called Light Field Master, can be used in ways that were, until recently, impossible. Thus, you can render content in any format you want.

Due to the enormity of data captured, Lytro has collaborated with Google to store data on the cloud. Therefore, you can extract and edit data easily. Filmmakers can start renting the Lytro Camera systems by the end of 2016, paying a subscription price of $125,000.

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