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26 April, 2017, 08:45 | Author: Jan Cross
  • The new YI 360 VR™ is a major step in making truly high-end virtual reality video easy and accessible to anyone who wants to create and share content

As well as offering access to the software which includes both Jump Assembler and Jump Manager software, the Jump Start program will supply up to 100 filmmakers with access to a Jump camera.

The camera is going on sale some time this summer, but a 100 selected creators will be able to get their hands on the rig, for free.

The Yi Halo also has one more camera than the Odyssey, which is placed on top of the rig in order to better capture 360-degree footage directly above the viewer's head when observed through a VR headset.

There are 16 cameras around the circumference of the Halo and one in the middle facing upwards.

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On the software side, the Jump Assembler takes the videos from all of the cameras and seamlessly ties them together in a few hours.

The Xiaomi-backed Yi is announcing new cameras at the NAB conference in Las Vegas. In partnership with Google, Yi Technology has created the Yi Halo, a 17-camera clock-synchronized array that is designed to be optimized for Google's automated Jump stitching process which creates impressively seamless 3D 360 output. Today, the company has announced a new and improved VR video rig called the Yi Halo. Some may say that this gadget looks just like an old-school slide carousel, weighing approximately 8 pounds. It's thus extremely hard to recommend signing up for pre-orders of a next-gen Jump-powered YI HALO priced at around $17,000. There's Nokia's $40,000 Ozo camera, Facebook's x6 and x24 rigs, GoPro's Fusion for 5.2K action footage and now the Halo. It also has a smartphone app, a touchscreen control panel, and there are levels on the rig structure so filmmakers can line up the horizon.

The Yi Halo is capable of capturing 360-degree stereoscopic video at 30 frames per second with a maximum resolution of 8K by 8K, according to its maker Yi Technology. The Yi Halo camera comes with 17 camera units in total and allows users to showcase their creativity while creating VR content.

The Yi Halo will cost $16,999 and will hit the United States first before Yi's home country of China. Under Jump Start, Google will provide some filmmakers with the camera for free (to use), as well as the Jump Assembler that produces the virtual reality footage.

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