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.
Any Rig in Any Environment
Compatible with any HDMI or HD-SDI 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 analog 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.
Color 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.
Analog & Spatial Audio
Sphere supports embedded and analog audio, as well as spatial audio, which will allow you to define a custom sonic experience for your 360º footage (Spatial audio not supported on footage streamed over RTMP).
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.
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.
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.
How it Works
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.
Stream to any Compatible Online Platform
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 color balance across each camera feed.
Real-time 360º Monitoring on iPads
Sphere is the first iOS monitoring solution for 360º/VR productions, allowing filmmakers to remain out of frame while keeping an eye on every shot. Sphere’s iOS application offers several different ways to view your live 360º content:
Rectilinear mode allows you to explore your live 360º content as if you were wearing a VR headset. Move the iPad around you to visualize the experience you are creating for your audience.
Panoramic mode displays your 360º live footage as a single panoramic image.
Little Planet mode turns your 360º video into a stereographic projection, allowing you to view it as if it were a tiny planet.
Client Monitoring on iPhones
Perfect for giving clients the full experience of your 360º shoot, Sphere’s new re-stream feature allows multiple iPhones to connect to the feed for an immersive media experience.