Meet OZO: Nokia’s Virtual Reality Camera – Coming to a Film Set Near You Late 2015

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Meet Nokia’s OZO.  Coming to a film set near you.  With eight cameras, eight integrated microphones and a soccer ball-like resemblance from Star Wars, it is real.  Virtually real.OZO captures stereoscopic 3D video and sound for instant playback. With production hailing from Finland, the first ever VR camera for professionals is slated for delivery Q4 2015.
Los Angeles - July 28, 2015: Nokia unveils the new OZO virtual reality camera at an event held at the Hudson Loft in Downtown on Tuesday evening. Photo by Emily Berl
Los Angeles – July 28, 2015: Nokia unveils the new OZO virtual reality camera at an event held at the Hudson Loft in Downtown on Tuesday evening.
Photo by Emily Berl

 

Nokia released details about OZO at a press event in Los Angeles last week.  As of yet, pricing is not available for OZO.  A Nokia company representative at the LA event hinted that costs for OZO will be set at professional levels, possibly in the 5-figure range.

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“We’re thrilled to introduce OZO to the content creation world, and to define a completely new category of virtual reality capture and playback solutions,” said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies.
Los Angeles - July 28, 2015: Nokia unveils the new OZO virtual reality camera at an event held at the Hudson Loft in Downtown on Tuesday evening. Photo by Emily Berl
Los Angeles – July 28, 2015: Nokia unveils the new OZO virtual reality camera at an event held at the Hudson Loft in Downtown on Tuesday evening.
Photo by Emily Berl

The possibilities of OZO improving production and post are endless.  The impact of having instant viewing right after takes will save money, time and even help maintain the mood on set.  Nothing sours morale faster than waiting around for retakes or cast in the dark about why a setback in schedule has occurred.

Los Angeles - July 28, 2015: Nokia unveils the new OZO virtual reality camera at an event held at the Hudson Loft in Downtown on Tuesday evening. Photo by Emily Berl
Los Angeles – July 28, 2015: Nokia unveils the new OZO virtual reality camera at an event held at the Hudson Loft in Downtown on Tuesday evening.
Photo by Emily Berl
 

The panoramic OZO boasts an impressive playback system, having the image ready in an instant (at a lower resolution) via a wearable headset for filmmakers.  Compatibility for post-production viewing will be available with headsets such as the Oculus Rift, the uber-successful 2012 Kickstarter project which garnered 9,522 backers pledging $2,437,429 and is scheduled to launch Q1 2016.

Will Nokia make an ‘economy’ version of this brilliant machine?  One can only hope, but nothing has been announced.  For the time being, OZO is geared toward the professional budget. A dream scenario is that a lower-end version or rental opportunities might make it feasible to include indie filmmakers and DIY types part in the 3D experience.

“OZO aims to advance the next wave of innovation in VR by putting powerful tools in the hands of professionals who will create amazing experiences for people around the world. We expect that virtual reality experiences will soon radically enhance the way people communicate and connect to stories, entertainment, world events and each other. With OZO, we plan to be at the heart of this new world.”

To recap OZO’s features:

*8 cameras and 8 microphones
*Will be compatible with all VR headsets
*Will allow for immediate playback in 360 VR
*Has a distinct sci-fi look
*Captures stereoscopic 3D video
*Instant viewing for DP or Director to monitor
*Designed with the film professional in mind

Samsung, GoPro, Apple and other companies are delving into the VR space, but none have made official announcements for a VR camera as with OZO’s arrival.

Los Angeles - July 28, 2015: Nokia unveils the new OZO virtual reality camera at an event held at the Hudson Loft in Downtown on Tuesday evening. Photo by Emily Berl
Los Angeles – July 28, 2015: Nokia unveils the new OZO virtual reality camera at an event held at the Hudson Loft in Downtown on Tuesday evening.
Photo by Emily Berl

As a filmmaker, have you begun to think of a story you would create with the powers of virtual reality?  Is a VR story world something you can’t wait to create and explore?  Which movie would you love to watch with Oculus Rift?  Do you see virtual reality as a fad or is it the future?

For more information on Nokia’s OZO, please visit Nokia’s official announcement here.

 

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(Watch the video interview on Youtube here)

 

 

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