This Could Change the Future of Cinema / by Andrew P

Lytro has recently announced a new camera system that may revolutionize how Films and Television programs are made. Not only does this camera system capture moving images, but it also captures a multitude of spatial information, essentially recording a virtual representation of the whole scene. From the way Lytro describes it, it would seem as if this camera would be able to record a scene in 3D, almost like a 3D scan. Artists would then be able to manipulate those elements directly, skipping the step of having to render models from scratch. This would not only allow users change focus anywhere in the scene at any time in post production, but even more powerfully, manipulate whole portions of scene.

This Lytro Cinema camera, or something like it, could be revolutionary for productions that utilize any sort of computer generated effects to tell their story. This could be revolutionary even for smaller, less effects-heavy productions where the director may just want a slight re-composition of a particular scene. Moreover, once VR goggles are commonplace, technology like this could revolutionize the way we consume media.