The market for 360-degree cameras continues to grow this year as more companies look to provide consumers with their own way of recording footage for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs). Cameras such as the Samsung Gear 360, Ricoh Theta S, 360fly and many more are available at prices that won’t break the bank. Now Altia Systems has joined the fray by adapting its PanaCast 2 Panoramic-4K real-time video camera with a VR mode.
Purely software based, the VR mode uses the latest stitching technology and algorithms to allow consumer and professional content makers alike to create high quality VR content with point-and-shoot simplicity.
Featuring its own dedicated PanaCast video processor, the USB plug and play PanaCast 2 offers a 3840 x 1080 pixels per frame resolution across a 180-degree field-of-view (FOV). There are built-in stereo microphones with noise cancellation and it works with all popular web collaboration applications including Microsoft Skype for Business, Skype, Cisco WebEx, Google Hangouts, Citrix GoToMeeting, Vidyo, Zoom, Fuze and Bluejeans Networks.
“With the new VR mode for PanaCast 2, people can shoot Panoramic-4K immersive video in all types of everyday settings – all in real-time and at an affordable price,” said Aurangzed Khan, President and CEO of Altia Systems. ” They can easily view the content in real-time and upload and share the content via YouTube360, Facebook360, and other popular video sharing platforms.”
The PanaCast 2 can be used for a range of different applications including creative videography, immersive broadcasts or live streaming of events, shared real-time experience such as training and education, and computer vision applications for IoT functionality.
PanaCast 2 is available now through several Altia Systems resellers, Amazon.com and direct from the manufacturer. The camera is slightly more expensive than those previously mention, retailing for $995 USD. The company is a CES 2016 Award Honouree and a recipient of the 2016 Frost and Sullivan New Product Innovation Award.
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