New Professional Virtual Reality Camera, BISON, Announced by Condition One
Condition One is a tech company based in San Francisco and focused on, among other things, developing end-to-end VR content creation solution. Their professional cinematic VR camera captures stereoscopic 3D 360-video utilizing custom stitching algorithms and software to run a fully automated production pipeline in order to create seamless VR experiences of the highest quality and at fastest speed in the industry.
Earlier this week, Condition One announced “Bison” which they touted as a “professional cinematic virtual reality (VR) camera that creates powerful and seamless stereoscopic immersive experiences”. A pioneer in VR video-making, Condition One will leverage “Bison,” along with its specialized production services, in order to create vivid, poignant and thought-provoking VR content.
“Our production teams no longer have to wonder whether or not they got the shot – or fumble around for hours dealing with piles of SD cards. ‘Bison,’ and Condition One software, free production teams of all the tedious and error prone ways of last year.” said Condition One’s CEO and Founder, Danfung Dennis.
He continued, saying “Our professional camera is built to be robust and reliable in extreme and difficult environments; we recently field-tested capturing jaguars in Mexico and grizzly bears in Montana. ‘Bison’ allows the production team to focus on getting close to the subject to create a strong sense of presence.”
“‘Bison’ is much more than simply an upgrade from the unsynchronized, flimsy GoPro rigs of last year. Yes, ‘Bison’ has its share of next gen features, but what really sets it apart is how it integrates into Condition One’s larger production workflow,” according to Jay Brown, Condition One’s CTO. “Our production teams no longer have to wonder whether or not they got the shot – or fumble around for hours dealing with piles of SD cards. ‘Bison,’ and Condition One software, free production teams of all the tedious and error prone ways of last year.”
‘Bison’, which is designed for near-field presence features 16 genlock synchronized cameras and captures 360-degree video in stereoscopic 3D at 48 frames per second. Sporting a 5.7K resolution lens, the camera produces some of the highest quality VR footage currently available in the market.
Bison is further fitted with high quality 3D positional audio, remote trigger with a range of up to 2,600 feet, tablet control, thermal management system, a mechanically engineered aluminum rig and a carbon fiber tripod. It possesses a two hour record time and 2.0m minimum distance to subject range.
‘Bison’, which launches this summer will not be sold to the public just yet. The camera will only be accessible as part of production services for brands, media companies, filmmakers and activists in the market for the production of high quality and industry-leading VR content. Condition One plans to offer end-to-end production services, from concept to final delivery. The company has an in-house production team, including veteran TV and film producers, whose job it is to ensure that each experience is story-driven and empathetic.
This rig could go a long way in pushing along the emergence of 360-degree video. Already there are a number of cameras that can be bought to start shooting, but their video quality is usually quite poor. ‘Bison’, on the other hand, being an end-to-end solution should lead to much better image quality and in turn better immersion, which ought to ultimately make actually watching VR videos far more appealing.