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Enabling the touch-control user interface for Lytro’s groundbreaking new light field cameras.

From pyrotechnics to animation and computer-generated graphics, the film and TV industry has a long history of creating groundbreaking visual effects. But this has often been a time-consuming process that has slowed down creative direction.

The Lytro Cinema and Lytro Immerge cameras use light-field technology to open up a whole new world of visual options for film, TV, and virtual reality applications. Unlike regular cameras, which just record the intensity of light, Lytro’s cameras capture the color, direction, and placement of light in every pixel. This allows the camera to be virtualized, meaning focus, perspective, aperture, and shutter angle can be changed in post-production.

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Lytro chose the Qt cross-platform UI framework tool to rapidly create the user interface for the two cameras. The cameras’ controls are integrated in standalone touchscreen tablets that not only allow users to set up a shot, but also start making image adjustments – even before post-production.

  • User Experience

    "Qt’s cross platform application framework provides great flexibility. It gives us the ability to rapidly integrate touch-enabled controls and features, which means we can take the user experience of our camera systems to a whole new level."

    - Tim Milliron, VP, Lytro

Project challenges

  • Two different teams were working on the Lytro Cinema and Lytro Immerge cameras. Though based on the same underlying technology, the cameras have different use cases and user-interface requirements.
  • Lytro wanted a cross-platform framework for creating the UI rapidly while incorporating the features required to ensure a great user experience.

Successful solution

  • Qt provided the cross-platform UI framework tool including the easy-to-use QML declarative programming language and was there with strong community support for development.
  • Cameras’ controls are integrated in standalone touchscreen tablets that have a responsive UI allowing users to operate the camera and adjust images on the fly.

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