To enable more great VR films, Google is introducing the next generation Jump camera - the YI HALO - and Jump Start, a program to get Jump cameras into the hands of more filmmakers than before.
Google launched Jump in 2015 to simplify VR video production at every step from capture to playback. The Jump team partners with top camera manufacturers to build professional, high-quality VR cameras. Footage from those cameras runs through the Jump Assembler, which uses sophisticated computer vision algorithms and the computing power of Google's data centers to create 3D 360 video.
Built in partnership with YI Technology, the YI HALO is simple to use, gives creators the control to explore, and works with the Jump Assembler.
YI HALO has 17 4K unit cameras, including an optimally-placed Up camera, to capture immersive scenes that transport viewers.
Creators also get more control and flexibility with the YI HALO. At less than 8 pounds, the YI HALO can be transported anywhere, and doesn't limit them when they're trying to capture a tricky shot. The internal battery lasts for 100 minutes of continuous shooting. Filmmakers also love the YI HALO Android app that doubles as a remote control and live preview tool.
Filmmakers' visions come together via the Jump Assembler, which ensures artifact-free stitches that are ready in a few short hours. The YI HALO camera has been built to natively work with the Assembler.
YI HALO will go on sale this summer, with units available today to select creators.
Google is also announcing Jump Start. Jump Start gives selected filmmakers both free access to a Jump camera and free unlimited use of the Jump Assembler for their VR film. Over the next year, the program will give over 100 creators these tools and enable them to make their vision a reality. Applications to Jump Start open today, and filmmakers have until May 22nd to apply.