Lots of news coming from the RED Camp this week. The Hydrogen One will be on several major carriers and RED’s camera lineups also got simplified to three models. But wait… theirs more! Today Lucid announced a partnership with RED to build a prosumer 8K 3D/4V Camera for Hydrogen One. The Collaboration will result in the first camera to convert full 8K 3D/4-View (4V) holographic images and videos in real time and the capability to dynamically adjust lens distances for the best 3D focus and zoom.
The new camera is the first dual camera to give users full 8K video and picture capabilities converting to 4V in real-time while allowing them to shoot like professionals with dynamically adjustable lens distances for the best 3D focus and zoom.
By attaching the modular holographic RED Hydrogen One to the camera, users will be able to view 3D/4V content in post and live as if it were the viewfinder.
The new RED camera is powered by Lucid’s real-time 3D Fusion Technology, transforming the time and processing-intensive 3D/4V workflow into a user-friendly consumer way. The look and feel of the new camera sticks to RED’s previous designs, but with two perfectly hardware-synced 4K cameras which leverage a beam splitter to capture and convert the output to 8K 4V (.h4v) files. Once the content is created, all the high-resolution 3D/4V videos and images can be distributed on YouTube and Facebook as well as through RED’s curated content universe.
Lucid has shipped and sold thousands of its VR180 3D LucidCams through Amazon and Best Buy as well as direct to consumers online.
With Lucid’s consumer base and RED’s base of independent filmmakers and Hollywood producers, the new camera could meet a need of a large, combined audience. The magic of 3D, VR and AR videos, and images created by both the LucidCam and the RED 3D/4V camera can be enjoyed on the Hydrogen One without the need of wearing headsets.
The unique functions of the Hydrogen One phone in combination with the new 3D camera were showcased with a live 3D/4V preview at RED’s launch party on May 19th. Many people came to experience the holographic display capabilities, which provide a unique ability to let users look around and behind objects through 4-Views, and allow for viewing 3D, VR and AR content without any glasses or goggles. This phone also attaches easily to RED’s new camera and can act as a 3D viewfinder.
The camera will be rolled out in Q4. Exact pricing is to be announced, as is the name of the camera. It will be sold through RED and its reseller channels.
I know a lot of people including myself had some reservations on the delivery of the Hydrogen One and from the looks of things progress is showing that it’s the real deal. I’m hoping that RED will have a demo of the Hydrogen One at Cine Gear Expo so I can experience it first hand. Not very many people have been able to see the 3D/4V screens abilities yet. With the idea of the phone being modular, I would expect to hear more interesting news on other partnerships coming in the near future.