Reality Lab Networks announced its Live Planet 4K VR and 360 video camera is now available for preorder. The Live Planet video system in intended to be an end-to-end solution for VR and 360 video streaming, and it includes a camera with 16 Full HD lenses and a proprietary cloud-based software suite for managing, transcoding and delivering VR and 360 videos. The camera is capable of live streaming 4K-per-eye 4096 x 4096 (8192 x 8192 for stills) video at 30 fps, and streaming at 60 fps with recorded content. The camera is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra X1 GPU for all the processing capabilities. The cameras feature a vertical rolling shutter and provide a full field of view (360 x 180 degrees).
Reality Lab claimed that the cloud-based software could make it quick and easy to create and distribute video without an external stitching box or post production for all current and emerging VR platforms, including Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Connect, Facebook Live, Google Cardboard and YouTube Live Streaming.
For connectivity, the camera sports HD-SDI and HDMI outputs, also there are two USB 3.0 ports and an Ethernet connection, the camera does feature an onboard Wi-Fi. Users can record sessions directly to the 512 GB internal storage, and the Live Planet camera supports HLS and MPEG-DASH output protocols.
All features look very nice, and you may want to buy one, but the ability to stream 4K VR content doesn’t come cheap. The Live Planet system announced a warping MSRP of $9,995 when it comes to market, but for early adopters can pre-order it now for $4,995, only 500 units available at this price. The preorder price is half but still $5000 not count as low price in any way. Still, those who interested in a purchase can visit the company’s website now; the shipping will start in Q4 2016.
|Product||Live Planet Camera|
|Image Processor (GPU)||NVIDIA Tegra X1|
|Internal Storage||512 GB|
|Stitching||Uniform Pixel Blending|
|Field of View||2 x 360° x 180°|
|Shutter||Vertical Rolling Shutter|
|Input||– USB 3.0 x2
– Analog Audio (For Microphones)
|Networking||– Ethernet (RJ45)
|Output Protocols||– HLS
|Special Preorder Price||$4,995|