The META One - The Ultimate Professional 360° Rig
Made for VR Creators
by VR Creators
We’ve shot hundreds of VR films, all over the world, for brands that range from F1 to the Red Cross, Google to Facebook, Audi to the BBC. We were constantly frustrated by the lack of sensible features and quality in 360 cameras.
So we thought we would build our own - the industry’s only cinematic quality, ProRes 422 recording, low light capable, non over-heating, immersive dream machine...
The less lenses the better when it comes to stitching 360 footage and you can’t do much better than two lenses!
This also means that you can get incredibly close to your subject on either lens.
Our unique internal architecture allows us to have the lenses and sensors at as close as possible to their perfect ‘nodal point’ - basically this makes stitching a hell of a lot easier! You'll be surprised at how close you can stitch on the sides. We regularly use this camera on drones and remote dollys.
This is the only 360 camera on the market to record footage in ProRes 422. That’s important, not just in pixel quality but in colour detail. You can get that cinematic quality from the grade.
The ProRes options are HQ, Normal and LT. You can also shoot in high bitrate h265.
There are a huge range of settings you can shoot with, for static positions we would usually go for 30FPS, ProResHQ. For moving shots we would switch to 60FPS, ProResLT or H265.
You can also record in glorious 120 frames per second, high bitrate H265 but with a hole at the top and bottom of the equirectangular - this may be fine for static camera positions as the holes are easily patched.
360 cameras suffer from small sensors and therefore poor quality in low light, not ours! We fitted two whopping Sony IMX299 4k sensors to our rig, meaning great detail and a high noise floor. It’s just how it should be with any camera, let alone a 360 one.
Head to our footage page and have a look at some examples.
We hate small internal batteries that don’t last so we built the camera to work with V-Lock batteries - the industry standard for pro shooters. Simply plug in to our solid LEMO socket and get rolling.
The camera has two HDMI sockets, for uncompressed live 4k DCI output in beautiful 10bit 4:2:2 at up to 60fps during recording. Two USB C connectors for storage extension, a gigabit port for wired camera control and live streaming in 10bit h265 at up to 200Mbps per second.
Having to ‘jerry rig’ a router to a 360 camera has long been a painpoint for us, so we put one inside the camera. You have remote operation and preview up to 20m away. If you‘re more comfortable just wired, you can do that too, through ethernet.
High quality sensors need high quality glass and this is the best you can get, each one of these hand crafted beauties sourced from Entaniya in Japan. 250 degrees of wonderful immersiveness per sensor.
Through it’s two HDMI ports the camera can live stream 360 footage, with software such as Voysys or one of our other certified partners.
Through our simple, intuitive, app you can control everything from exposure through shutterspeed, white-balance and more.
Our camera won’t over-heat, unless you put it in an oven of course, but we’ve got close to that and still running, still looking great! The full aluminium chassis dissapates heat.
Both sensors are completely syncronised, meaning action/motion shots will always seamlesly stitch.
With over 13 stops of real dynamic range, you can preserve detail in both shadows and highlights in all but the most challenging situations.
Working closely with the ultimate stitching program, Mistika VR, Footage can be stitched in no time at all, allowing you to focus on creative.
The META Camera is 5.5k. We don’t need to sell crazy resolutions that we know won’t even playback on any computer or headset. Rather we have optimised the camera to be the best possible per pixel quality on all screens and HMDs.
Our 5.5k camera looks better than any competitors higher res footage on headsets, online or on mobile. Even if you up res it to 8k it looks better than native 8k competitors.
The META Cameras are custom built. If you’re interested in owning or renting part of the VR industry’s best kept secret then fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch.
£21,000 + VAT
If you have any questions about the camera, want to learn more or just chew the immersive cud, then please drop us an email or give us a call.
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