Lucid Partners with RED on New 3D/4V Camera for Hydrogen One Phone
That RED Hydrogen One smartphone that we’ve been hearing so much about recently, just got a major “accessory” announcement. It turns out that Lucid, makers of the LucidCam 180-degree VR camera, has been working with the Hollywood camera maker to develop a 3D/4-View (4V) camera that will shoot 8K video and image capture. Where the Hydrogen One comes in is that the soon-to-be-released phone will attach to the camera and be able to be used as the viewfinder.
The new RED camera is powered by Lucid’s 3D Fusion Technology, which the company said transforms the time and processing-intensive workflow of 3D/4V content into an “instantaneous point-and-shoot experience for the end user. The look and feel of the new camera sticks to RED’s traditional designs, but it integrates two hardware-synced 4K cameras that leverage a beam splitter to capture and convert the content into an 8K 4V (.h4v) file. That means that once the content is created, it can be distributed through YouTube, Facebook, and RED’s own content platform.
“Having RED as a partner allows us to combine the best of both worlds – the highest resolution and quality hardware from RED with the most advanced software, our 3D Fusion Technology,” Han Jin, CEO and co-founder of Lucid, said in a statement. “This partnership allows us for the first time to deliver the highest-quality 3D capture to our customers, and now they can view the content immediately in 3D/4V without headsets. At a time when two of the biggest challenges in the industry have been resolution and easy viewing of 3D content, we believe this is the solution everyone has been waiting for.”
The RED Hydrogen One phone will launch this summer through AT&T and Verizon. The new camera will roll out in Q4. Exact pricing and the name of the camera will be announced at a later date. The camera will be sold through RED and its reseller channels.