Facebook is partnering with RED Digital Cinema to produce a professional VR camera, capable of capturing 3D imagery that can then be enhanced with the company’s depth reconstruction technology. The two companies made the announcement of their partnership at Facebook’s f8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif.

Tuesday, but said that technical specs, price points and a release date would be shared at a later point. “We’ve been on a quest to build immersive capture technology for years,” said Facebook director of engineering Brian Cabral in an interview with Variety.

These efforts have long included on what is known as depth reconstruction, which essentially means that the company is using 3D images to calculate images that users of high-end VR headsets can lean into. Facebook first demonstrated this technology at its f8 developer conference in 2016, and showed off several prototypes for what it then called its Surround 360 cameras last year.

At the time, Facebook also revealed that it was in discussions with several hardware makers to actually produce cameras based on Facebook’s technology. One of those camera makers will be RED, a company that has a bit of a cult-like following among cinematographers.

“Depth reconstruction is only as good as the image data that you can capture,” said Cabral this week. He argued that RED was an ideal partner for Facebook because of its ability to capture extended dynamic ranges. Read more from variety.com…

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