Sphericam Beast is a new camera system, large-format, high-end, cinema grade, modular and easily scalable 360º video capture system that can also stream live to the web or to headsets. It’s a Beast!
Sphericam Inc. will show the camera tomorrow, the first day of the NAB Show in New York City. The first iteration of the system uses four 1” inch sensors and four M.2 SSD drives to capture uncompressed 360 degree video at an output resolution of more than 6K at 60fps and 10-bit RAW format.
Sphericam is expanding its product portfolio with a new studio-grade virtual reality camera system designed from the ground up to offer best-in-class fully spherical image capture and streaming performance for high-end filmmakers and broadcasters. The Sphericam team has created this “truly cinematic” system with great care and consideration, providing production groups the level of quality and resolution they have been asking us for.
According the the company, the practical features of the Sphericam Beast camera system are a direct answer to production community needs. Things like the closely positioned large sensors in a portrait configuration offer exceptionally small parallax for easy stitching, while the live preview 5-inch FullHD displays for each camera ease on-site production workflow.
Live stitching supports immediate streaming to headsets or through a streaming service at 4k 30FPS, and the system captures 512GB of RAW sensor data (Cinema DNG) per sensor in under 10 minutes to avoid any compression losses. Another important aspect is the solution found by Sphericam: a practical two-piece design allows the small camera head to be unobtrusively positioned up to 5m from the rest of the system.
“For a young venture backed company the decision to address the challenges of the professional users rather than to focus on the large volume consumer solutions is a defining moment. We feel our strengths are understanding the most demanding product and technical aspects of spherical video capture and providing the industry with no-compromise tools to empower a true cambrian explosion of quality immersive content,” founder and CEO Jeffrey Martin explains.
Sphericam will demonstrate the camera at NAB Show New York, which runs November 9 and 10 at the Javits Convention Center. Visit Sphericam at booth 448 to see the Beast.