Hollywood's New VR Camera Is Weatherproof

It's going to make Planet Earth look like bad quality

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Jaunt’s main goal is to provide cinematic VR, which is why they revealed their brand new commercial VR camera, NEO.  

Obviously, this past month has illuminated the world of 360-degrees. I’ve already discussed plenty of ways how this is our inescapable future, whether it’s the panorama view on your iPhone, the 360-degree YouTube videos, the 360-degree Getty Images or, obviously, the all new and cool VR headsets like Sony’s Project Morpheus.

It’s clear that there is an industry for it, and so it’s no surprise that Jaunt, a 2013 company that popped up in Palo Alto, has also thrown their coin into the ring.

Jaunt’s main goal is to provide cinematic VR, which is why they revealed their brand new commercial VR camera, NEO. Spare me your Matrix sass.

 NEO is the fifth generation VR camera created by Jaunt, and has seamlessly combined numerous high-resolution cameras into one collaborative device.

Made for VR filmmakers, it has been described as “turn on and shoot”, a device that manages to capture high-resolution 360 degree images, while producing excellent high dynamic range (HDR) images, with full time-lapse and high-frame rate image capacity. Basically, it means that this camera will give you one hell of a badass, epic slow-mo scenes in all the best movies.

"Every aspect of the NEO design, from the high-speed image sensor, to the wide-angle optics, to the embedded software, was engineered with cinematic VR capture in mind," said Koji Gardiner, Jaunt's director of hardware engineering.

NEO is the fifth generation VR camera created by Jaunt, and has seamlessly combined numerous high-resolution cameras into one collaborative device. It does have multiple camera setup, but it’s compact nonetheless. Even more interesting, it’s weatherproof (with the exact specs not yet released), but basically that opens the floor to some pretty amazing set locations, if you ask me.

Even more interesting, it’s weatherproof which opens the floor to some pretty amazing set locations, if you ask me. 

Not only does that mean we will get footage in never-before-seen places, but now we will get a full 3D immersive experience in these cool new places.

All content created with NEO can be edited with mainstream editing tools like Final Cut Pro X, 3Ds Max, After Effects, Avid, Premiere, and all other multimedia software suites.

Actually, if you want to take an early peek, you can take a gander at the free-to-download gallery which is viewable on Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard.

The bad news? Of course there is bad news. NEO will be limited in manufacturing, so basically only a few companies will be able to lease the cameras, and even those special partners won’t get their paws on the device until August at the earliest.

And for the general public? Forget about it.