Facebook has disclosed about its latest video camera design that is a high quality 3D-360 video capture system, named Facebook Surround 360. The design of the camera will hopefully be available to developers or manufacturers by summer on Github. The company aims to accelerate the technology of 3D capture and virtual reality. Designs will be distributed for free.
The high tech camera would come with 17 camera lens supported by web-based software that can automatically make the video in 3D. The camera would be better than anything currently available in the market. It would also consist of 14 wide-angle cameras and three fish-eye cameras positioned at strategic locations in the design. It could operate for hours without overheating.
The camera would take virtual reality to new heights as it produces 4K, 6K and 8K video for each eye and its 8K video will only be compatible with the Gear VR. The design would include the software that would work in unison with the hardware.
Facebook will disclose its design this summer that would include camera hardware design and stitching code on GitHub. The stitching code will significantly reduce post-production. It would be done overnight rather in weeks by hands.
Facebook revealed the new 3D camera at its developer conference F8 in San Francisco on April 12, 2016 and is also planning to make better designs in future. The company is inspiring other manufacturers who can afford manufacturing such high quality virtual reality camera.
“We do not have ambitions of getting into the camera business. With any good open source project, you don’t always take the whole thing. Usually, there’s a piece in there that solves a problem so that you don’t have to go solve it,” said Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer for Facebook. The company does not want to sell the camera itself but want developers to create something new with its help.