Grassroots beta app by Davy Loots to record 3D video on your PC with a Kinect - video embedded below:
With virtual reality comes the need for a new video format. We are exploring the possibilities for true 3D video, allowing you to move around, tilt your head any way you want and still feel like you’re looking at something real.
The app is in it’s very early stages - set up is just plug-in and press record, but currently only one kinect can be used at a time, and there is a limited amount of 3D spaces for playback (it only records people, not the surrounding environment) although it does look very Minority Report-esque. The recordings can also be placed within productions coded with Unity.
Planned for the immediate future is the ability to connect two Kinects for capturing more form, and the ability to livestream. Whilst it is obvious to set up on a laptop, I wonder if this would work on, say, a Microsoft Surface tablet? This could end up being a much cheaper 3D capture platform …
To try out yourself, there are two versions - one designed for VR headsets here and one for normal display here. Both have a recording and playback app.
Whichever way you look at it, this could be an interesting direction for 3D media for all (it is currently free and functional), and many of you might find something useful from it.
The project website can be found here