We are thrilled to announce our latest innovation for virtual reality: Lytro Volume TracerTM (Lytro VT), a Light Field solution for pre-rendered CG content that delivers the highest fidelity and most immersive playback experience. To showcase this new solution, we’re premiering the world’s first Light Field animated short, One Morning, created by award-winning director Rodrigo Blaas and El Guiri Productions at On The Lot this week.
The challenge in VR for CG content is that real-time engines work in milliseconds per frame, and high-end cinematic renders can take hours per frame to complete. Lytro VT bridges this gap by enabling almost any render engine to produce Light Field samples of a 3D CG environment, which are then traced into a fully immersive VR experience. The result is an unprecedented combination of stunning visual quality — which matches the quality produced by cinematic 3D render engines — with full 6DoF and view dependent lighting effects, at 90 frames per second, in headset.
Unlocking a whole library of new and existing content, Lytro VT works with industry standard 3D modeling tools — Maya, Houdini, 3DS Max, Nuke, etc. — at full polygonal detail, preserving carefully crafted animation and motion dynamics. It also works with any commercial or in-house rendering solution, like Renderman, Arnold, Maxwell or V-Ray for simple production integration. Lytro VT even supports real time engines to crank up the visual quality levels. It allows a game engine to function as a highly efficient rendering tool for producing rendered CG VR with cinematic quality levels, which Lytro’s player can then playback in real-time. Lytro VT also seamlessly merges with live action Light Field content (captured with Lytro Immerge).
One Morning, was animated on the Nimble Collective, a cloud-based animation platform, rendered in Maxwell, and then brought to life in VR with Lytro VT. One Morning tells the story of a brief encounter with a robot bird in the middle of the wilderness with the rich and detailed quality seen in all of Rodrigo’s amazing work! Find out more about Rodrigo’s award-winning work here: Rodrigo Blaas on IMDB.