Nokia launches its OZO professional VR camera in Europe

Nokia OZO virtual reality camera
Neal Romanek
March 18th 2016 at 12:50PM : By Neal Romanek

The new camera will cost €55,000, Deluxe will provide a post production workflow for OZO footage

Nokia Technologies has released its OZO professional VR camera in Europe, along with new post-production partnerships for creating VR experiences and software support from The Foundry's NUKE.

Addressing uncertainty about available workflow and tools for VR content creation, Nokia announced that Deluxe will provide post-production services for OZO VR content, including editorial, stitching and color, with support from Deluxe Creative Artist Group, including premier talent from Company 3, Method Studios and StereoD, to support VR experiences.

Additionally, Nokia Technologies announced that post-production software tools from London-based The Foundry, including NUKE, will soon support 3D content created with OZO.

The London premiere of the camera included demos of OZO's features such as real-time VR preview, wireless operation, and full 3D 360 VR audio and video live broadcast capabilities.

The launch event featured a live broadcast 360 VR concert from band John Bull and the Bandits, who played 11 kilometres away at London's The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. Enabled by technology from partners Elemental Technologies and Akamai, the demonstration highlighted OZO's unique ability to provide a totally immersive live experience to viewers, allowing them to put on a VR headset and be transported to another location.

The camera premiered last summer, but has only now become available in Europe.

"OZO enables the creation of immersive virtual reality experiences that actually move us emotionally, and move us to act," said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. "Through OZO we can feel more present in the lives of people we've never met, and widen the circle of empathy in ways we could never have imagined before. Technology that moves us this deeply is technology that moves us all forward."

John Wallace, CEO of Deluxe said: "Our history as a technological innovator, specifically our pre-eminence in the 3D and VFX arena, make Deluxe an ideal partner for Nokia's VR initiative. Our collaboration with OZO allows us to provide high quality post-production rendering to create the highest level of VR experiences. We are tremendously excited by the capture capabilities of the OZO for the professional broadcast community - the first time a dedicated camera has been developed for this sector."

"The Foundry believes Nokia's OZO camera is an important step for professional content creation in VR," said Simon Robinson, co-founder and chief scientist at The Foundry. "We're very pleased to be collaborating directly with the OZO team to find solutions to some of the challenges presented by VR content, and deliver new tools to achieve the highest fidelity that the camera can offer."