Meet Jaunt, the Crazy Camera That Can Make Movies for the Oculus Rift
J Thoendell stashed this in Oculus
Jaunt is an all-inclusive toolkit for directors and videographers to record real-life footage in 360-degree, 3D video and audio, which is then viewable on a VR platform like Oculus or Sony's Morpheus. Or in other words, it's a badass 3D camera.
This is not CG. It is not some average panorama photo stitchery, where a single lens sweeps around and records what it sees. Here, the camera acts as a proxy for you, and allows you to experience video via VR goggles as if you are part of the scene.
The idea behind Jaunt started with a question: is it possible to document an experience—say, a family trip to Death Valley—in something more in-depth than snapshots and clips? In the span of a year, the folks at Jaunt managed to make a device that took that initial concept to a functioning prototype.
Jaunt, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup, raised $6.8 million to figure out how to produce movies that will work in virtual reality as well as games. The company, which launches out of stealth today, makes the algorithms necessary to stitch together recorded video and audio to give viewers a stronger sense of “being there.”
Right now, though, what “there” will be is still TBD. In an interview with Re/code, Jaunt execs said the company needs to build partnerships to get content that will take advantage of its technology.
“We have to invent a whole new language of storytelling for this medium,” CTO Arthur van Hoff said. “That’s actually one of the more interesting parts of this project, the technology to drive this. But the content part is something that we need to invent as well.”
Content is king.
Great in-depth article:
Get ready for virtual reality Hollywood blockbusters.
The radical new Jaunt 360 degree camera can capture VR movies.
It might also help simulate the experience, say, of getting into a rocket and going to the International Space Station or the Moon.
Jaunt got picked up by a lot of press today:
Feels like they're just getting started.