Sphere is a unique combination of hardware and software featuring a patent-pending video processing platform for iOS and OSX. By dynamically adjusting each camera’s white balance, tint, exposure and lens distortion in real-time, Sphere is able to display and stream a consistent panoramic video.
Sphere’s hardware interface features four HDMI inputs and a built-in H.264 encoder that can encode up to 10Mbps, providing a realistic 360º-video experience. When connected via Ethernet to a wireless access point, Sphere streams in real-time to Apple laptops and iOS devices where users can record or view the live 4K (4x1080p) content in 3 different ways:
Manoeuvre your iOS device in any direction to explore your 360º-video content as it is being shot. As you move your iOS device, the camera feed moves with it, showing you footage from any angle in which you point your tablet or smartphone.
Pan and zoom across all 4 video feeds stitched together into a panorama.
Experience your live 360º content as it was intended for your audience.
For remote viewing, the Sphere app can be used to live stream to any compatible 360º online video platform, including Wowza and YouTube.
Once you’ve connected your cameras to Sphere, the device compresses each feed using the H.264 codec and outputs the stream over its 10/100 Ethernet jack to a wireless access point of your choice. Sphere can stream to any 360º compatible online video platform, including YouTube and Wowza at bit rates up to 15 Mbps. Connect your iPad Pro to the wireless access point and launch the Sphere application to automatically detect Sphere’s incoming stream. Once the feed appears, the application can be used to fine tune the stitch and colour balance across each camera feed.
Real-time 360º Monitoring and Live Streaming
Monitor your 360º live production on an iPad and stream it directly to the web, all at the same time.
*A license is required for live streaming to the Web
Any Rig in Any Environment
Compatible with any HDMI camera, Sphere is the most flexible 360º monitoring and streaming solution for 4-camera VR rigs. Its 4 USB ports offer an integrated power solution for GoPro rigs and its stereo analogue audio input allows you to embed the output of your soundboard right into the live feed.
Sphere also includes twin Lemo connectors for redundant power and dual 10/100 Ethernet ports for Internet connectivity and attaching a second Sphere unit.
Sphere Stitching Engine
Sphere is unique in that it doesn’t require a PC to stitch panoramic footage into a 360º format. Instead, the stitching engine is iOS based and offers real-time compositing of up to 8 1080p camera feeds, allowing you and your crew to be more mobile than ever before.
Stitching Configuration Options
The Sphere iOS application offers numerous parameters for tweaking your 360º footage to your liking. In addition to multiple lens correction options, you can adjust the image rotation and edge alignment of your stitch from the app’s intuitive UI.
Colour Calibration Settings
Users can calibrate each camera’s white balance, tint, and color profile right from the Sphere application. If you need a quick calibration, the application can color match across all video feeds at the same time to provide a balanced image instantly.
Wireless and Internet Connectivity
Sphere connects to wireless access points and the Internet via a 10/100 Ethernet jack. To enhance the wireless range of your Sphere stream, we recommend connecting the device to a Ubiquiti access point for a robust WiFi signal up to several thousand feet.
The Sphere iOS application allows you to save individual 360º snapshots and your stitched video footage directly to your iPad’s hard drive in MP4 format.
Support for up to 8 Cameras
Should you need more than 4 cameras for your 360º production, a second Sphere can be daisy-chained using the device’s 10/100 Ethernet port.