CREATING WITH THE
CANON EOS VR SYSTEM
Canon’s EOS VR System can take your creativity to the next level and immerse your viewers in a whole new dimension through a stereoscopic 3D 180° VR world.
EOS VR SYSTEM FEATURES
Stereoscopic 3D 180° VR from the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens
Canon’s EOS VR System begins with the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens which is Canon’s optical solution to the many challenges that have troubled VR image makers for years. For many, shooting VR meant the need for multiple cameras to be aligned, positioned, and synced together. Those separate recordings were written as separate files on separate cards. In post-production, people would need to then sync up and stitch those video files together. To help with some of these challenges, this lens features a beautifully engineered and optimized folded optical design, with separate Left and Right optical systems – helping you capture stereoscopic 3D imagery with a 190° field of view to a single full-frame image sensor.
EOS Camera with Compatible Firmware
Another key part of Canon’s EOS VR System is the EOS R5 camera which, when paired with the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens, allows for recordings at up to 8K DCI equivalent resolution at 30fps with 10-bit color depth when Canon Log 3 is enabled, creating realistic imagery with tremendous detail and color reproduction. To aid in VR production, the EOS R5 requires firmware 1.5.0 or later. This firmware brings enhanced features for stereoscopic 3D 180° VR shooting: embedding metadata information for the software to convert the image from fisheye to equirectangular, the magic window, additional magnification options, and Left/Right lens swapping while zoomed in.
Canon’s EOS VR Utility is a standalone software application (currently in development
with availability and details to follow on or about early 2022). This paid subscription
software (available with a free trial) converts the recorded dual fisheye image to
equirectangular imagery. In addition to minor editing and trimming, you can also process
and export your file to various resolutions and formats so they can be viewed in
compatible Head Mount Displays (such as the Oculus Quest 2 or Pico G2) and other
RF5.2mm Dual Fisheye Videos
Shoot VR with Canon’s New RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens
Canon: Cinematic Storytelling in 180° VR
“This is Bike Life” Shot on the Canon RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens and EOS R5
Bike Life BTS with the Canon RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens
EOS VR SYSTEM FAQS
The use of 2-dimensional devices such as monitors, tablets, smartphones and projectors will not render an image capable of being viewed in 3D as they are seen as “flat” images. The viewing experience in 2D can allow for scrolling around the VR image using your finger, pointer device or turning your device when using a smartphone or tablet.
- When viewing content created using EOS VR System with a compatible head mounted display, camera shake, and certain movements can be very disorienting to the viewer.
- In-body Image Stabilizer is disabled when using this lens.
- This lens does not have built in Optical Image Stabilizer.
- A great starting point to keep the camera as still as possible to avoid camera shake is the use of a tripod. It is also recommended to extend the camera away from the tripod with the use of a horizonal center column system to avoid the lens from capturing the legs of the tripod as well.
- Capture your footage with a compatible camera , which is currently the EOS R5 camera
with updated firmware version 1.5.0 or greater.
- For the highest image-quality utilizing 8K DCI 29.97p ALL-I with Canon Log, or Canon Log 3 enabled is recommended, however processing speeds will vary based on the user’s computing power. If faster processing speeds are desired, recording with a 4K DCI resolution video at IPB or IPB Light quality can be a solution to consider. Overall, depending on the nature of the content being filmed, there are situations where 59.94p may be desired and it is available at 4K DCI resolution. High-frame rate 119.88p video is also available at 4K DCI resolution however it should be noted that audio is not recorded with this framerate. Please note, HDR PQ is disabled with this lens.
- After recording, the files are brought into either the Canon EOS VR Utility application
or into Adobe Premiere Pro with the Canon EOS VR Plug-in installed. Download of the
Software and still image processing are free, but use of the Software to process movie
clips exceeding 2:00 minutes in length requires a paid subscription.
- If using EOS VR Utility, choose if you are working with Stills or Movies then open the folder on your computer where your VR files are saved. After choosing a file, a corrected equirectangular image is displayed. You can now choose clip start and end points, adjust parallax and horizontal correction, apply a LUT, preview the conversion, as well as export the clip to multiple file types and if recording in 8K, the choice of various resolutions are available.
- If using the EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere, simply import the file into your project. The file will automatically convert to equirectangular. Then, drag it into your sequence. From here, you can edit and grade your timeline like any other video.