VideoStitch unveils their new Orah 4i, one impressive 4K UHD 360 streaming camera
Stephan Jukic – April 07, 2016
360 degree cameras are plentiful on the existing market and even 360 degree 4K UHD recorders are becoming quite a bit more common. This means that anyone who wants to grab themselves some immersive 360 degree shots has no shortage of options at assorted digital resolutions.
However, the Orah 4i is a bit different from all these other recorders and more importantly, it solves a key problem lots of them seem to have as far as their users are concerned.
Unlike all those other 4K recorders and 360 cameras, the Orah doesn’t just save content for you to forget about it later inside its internal storage. Instead, the little shooter can be hooked up to stream all your recordings live straight to the internet and social networks as these pieces of footage are playing out.
Thus a dance instructor who wants the wider world to see one of his classes in action or a live band who wants to feed a live ultra HD session of their concert to even more fans can both use the Orah 4i on the fly and with minimal hassle, giving them access to streaming live video in full 360 degree immersion.
Of course, live stitching and streaming of high resolution and VR content has never been easy for video buffs and doing this with the much larger data loads and bitrates of 4K UHD resolution complicates things even further but VideoStitch is definitely no amateur in the field. The company has been doing major corporate 360 video stitching for years and for some big brands like Facebook and Red Bull. In fact, they already have several years’ experience in this niche field, having started with their content creation software in 2012.
The company’s software suite is thus now quite capable of managing assorted video recording rigs for 360 degree VR footage and the much smaller, neater Orah 4i is an attempt by VideoStitch to take all their expertise and place it into a single, compact and highly user-friendly 4K video solution.
According to the company’s CEO, Nicolas Burtley in a recent statement,
“Until today, a live VR video production workflow relied on an array of small cameras put together on a holder. Videographers then dealt with multiple cables, power supplies and a variety of small hardware components. Orah removes these inefficiencies and numerous points of failure and lets them focus on what really matters to them for creating compelling content. We have developed a solution that streams 4K resolution live virtual reality video to headsets–all with the push of a button.”
In other words, VideoStitch wants to bring the VR production workflow to the world of consumer market convenience, and with 4K resolution as a bonus.
The Orah 4i also comes with some pretty robust proprietary computing software which can rapidly, almost instantly stitch together all the different, otherwise “fisheye” camera shots into a single smooth piece of 360 degree 4K video. The unit this software comes in fits at the base of the actual camera’s tripod and comes with a powerful Intel CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GPU combo for maximum 4K video handling on the fly.
For those of you who are interested, the Orah 4i is already available on pre-order and the company is giving it up with one very enticingly deep discount. Those who buy the shooter now, before its release date can get it for “just” $1,795. After the April 30th release date hits, the Orah will start going up in price to its final retail markup of $3,595.
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