Camarada Lets You Record 3D Video With Two Phones
Aimfire's creative solution to recording VR footage from home.
If you're looking for that extra way to spice up family footage, then you may want to check out Aimfire's Camarada app. Recording footage for VR viewing can be a bit of a pain. You'll often need an expensive setup with some kind of fancy tech, but Aimfire hopes to change that by making 3D video a bit more approachable and accessible for those at home. The app is home to a feature that allows you to simply record footage in a state that can viewed in zoomable VR, but the real interesting bit allows you to record 3D video. The trick? Stacking two phones on top of one another.
Essentially, the app allows you to sync two smartphones together, and then stack one atop the other, so that it can use both cameras to record 3D footage that can be watched in VR with a 180 degree view. Aimfire founder Clement Ren can put it better than I can. “We made the whole setup and capture process easy as pie," Ren explains. "The user opens the camera viewfinder from within the app, and the app then automatically detects, synchronizes and links to the neighboring device, and is ready for 3D capture. The user stacks the two phones, and presses the shutter button — located on the device that’s stacked on top — to begin and end capture. As soon as the user stops the video capture, the video clip captured by each device is automatically transmitted to the neighboring device. Then the app employs sophisticated computer vision algorithms to automatically process the videos to form a perfect stereoscopic left/right pair, ready for user consumption.”
You can check the app out in action in the video above. Camarada currently has a focus on Android — and works on just about any up to date device that uses such — as Android is the leading platform for mobile virtual reality. You can try it out yourself on the Google Play store if you're looking to make some 3D memories.