Orah 4i

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Orah 4i
Information
Type Camera
Subtype 360° Camera
Developer Orah
Refresh Rate 4096 * 2048px (4K) @30fps Real Time Stitching, 4800 * 2400px @30 fps Post-Processing Stitching
Field of View 360 * 180 degrees
Optics 4 Fisheye 8-Layer MC Glass
Audio 4 high dynamic range microphones
Camera 4 Sony EXMOR
Weight 480g
Website https://www.orah.co/camera/

Intro

The Orah 4i 360° Camera turns 360 video streaming into a simple process of just pushing a simple button. The strength of the product lies in the auto-stitching live streaming capability. Orah 4i is the brainchild of Orah, formerly VideoStitch, a leading VR solution provider. It was launched in 2016 and now available to professional photographers at $3595 per unit.

The Orah 4i has been used 360° live broadcast of high-profile event such as “The Art Of More”, Google I/O conference and the French Open.

Features

The Orah 4i’s main selling feature is the capability to live stream 360° video through the internet. This is accomplished by the camera unit integrated with four Sony EXMOR™ image sensors and multicoated F2.0 fisheye glasses.

The camera is connected to the stitching box, powered by Intel CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GPU to run the company’s VahanaVR software to seamlessly generate the 360° video which can be streamed live over the internet or stored to a built-in 120GB SSD card.

The videos could be published live on popular video platforms like Facebook, Youtube, and other supported channels.

Efficient thermal pad dissipation also allows the unit to operate for more than 48 hours continuously.

Hardware

The camera itself is sleek weighing on 480g and made out of sturdy Anodized precipitation-hardened aluminum. It derives the power from the stitching box via PoE. The camera is able to stream 4K resolution 360° video at 30 fps.

The stitchbox, where the images are processed and turned into 360° videos run on Video Stitch own proprietary VahanaVR software. The stitchbox is powered by AC supply and supports audio input via 3.5mm jack or USB capture. It also features an RJ45 Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0 and a WIFI support.

Technical Specifications

General

Area Coverage Full-spherical, 360*180 degrees
Maximum Resolution 4096*2048 px (4K) @30fps Real Time Stitching

4800*2400px @30 fps Post-Processing Stitching

Lenses 4 Fisheye 8-Layer MC Glass

Aperture f/2.0 170° FOV

Image Sensor 4 Sony EXMOR™

1920*1440px resolution

Sensors Synchronization Hardware synchronization
Body Material Aluminium (Anodized Precipitation-Hardened)
Heat Dissipation Thermal pad allows high heat dissipation for long video streaming sessions (48+ hours)
Power Camera: 48V over PoE

Processing unit: 110V / 220V connected on a power outlet

Dimension and Weight Camera:

8 x 7 x 6.5 cm / 3.1 x 2.7 x 2.5 inches 0.5 kg / 1.1 lb / 17 oz Processing unit: 27.4 x 13 x 26.4 cm / 10.8 x 5.1 x 10.4 inches 2.7 kg / 6 lb / 96 oz

Audio

Camera Audio Channel Inputs Built-in 4 high dynamic range microphones

65dB SNR, 122dB max SPL

External Audio Channel Inputs 3.5mm jack line-in

Support USB capture Built-in delay adjustments Ambisonic audio line-in (coming soon)

Audio Format Output 4 channel ambisonic @ B format (AmbiX)

Stereo

Video

Output Projection Equirectangular

Cubical (coming soon)

Camera Exposure Automatic exposure
White Balance Automatic white balance
Video Encoding H264 High, Main or Baseline profile
Video Bitrate From 5 to 50 Mbps
Live Streaming Protocol RTMP to broadcast to server

HLS for smartphone, cardboard or GearVR preview

Record Format (Stitched Output) MP4 format (with spatial meta-data) save to SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-II
Video Publishing Platform Any platform that supports VR video, whether it is broadcasting live or recording videos for future playback

Youtube, Wowza, Akamai, Bitmovin, Ustream, Livestream, and others using RTMP protocol broadcast. Facebook, Youtube, Vrideo, Littlstar, Bitmovin, and others using equirectangular video output.

Interface

Camera Control Web interface with live preview

API (coming soon)

Interface HDMI 2.0 port (up to 4096×[email protected])

RJ45 Ethernet port SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-II slot Wifi (web app interface with live preview)

Software

Users who just purchased a new set of Orah 4i may need to update the firmware for the stitching unit and the camera. The stitch box must be connected to the internet for to enable the firmware update process. An extensive guide for the update process could be downloaded in Orah’s support section.

http://support.orah.co/hc/en-us/articles/206494264-Orah-4i-User-Guide

Apps

Built within the stitchbox is a web application where you can launch with your browser by keying in a specific IP Address. It’s where you have a live preview of the video and perform basic settings on video, audio and other basic functionalities. Extensive instructions to operate the web app is available in the user guide as well.

Developer

Programmers interested in developing apps that leverage the power of Orah 4i unit can make an application for access to the API modules from the website.

Background

Orah started out in 2012 as VideoStitch and quickly established themselves as a major leader in live and post-production software for 360° Videos. The Orah 4i was developed with the intention to capture, auto-stitch and stream 360° videos live with the ease of pushing a single button.

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