I’ve been looking at depth-map characters recently… in theory they should make compositing CGI with live action while shooting on location a lot easier. Rather than setting up temporary greenscreens or rotoscoping actors, you can use the depth information to place virtual objects anywhere in the scene you like. Some also seem to record the movement of the camera, making camera tracking easier, as well as create 3D scans of the scene… I was wandering if anyone was using them, and if there were any that anyone can recommend.
I was looking at this one https://www.stereolabs.com/ , but so far as I can make out, it only records when connected to a computer. I may be able to put together a camera-rig by connecting it to a tablet and a microphone, with a selfee-stick and some tripod-clamps holding it all together… guess I’d have to find a tablet with at least 3 USB sockets…
However, there may be some way better options out there.
What do people think of these? Are they as useful as I seem to think they are, or are they a bit of a gimmick, or is the tech not really ready yet if you want high-quality video as well as everything else?