MANIFOLD – Immersive 6DoF (3D & 360 VR) storytelling using Facebook & Red Technology

Via  facebook 360 on Sep 27, 2018 –



  • 16x RED HELIUM 8K SENSORS Schneider 180 degree fish eye lens 6DoF

  • Record raw from 16 cameras running 8k @60 fps simultaneously

Facebook and RED Digital Cinema announced a collaboration to build the world’s first end-to-end solution for 3D and 360 video capture. Today, we’re excited to reveal a first-look at the Manifoldcamera. RED and Facebook worked closely to build this first studio-ready camera system for immersive 6DoF storytelling, aiming to connect creative professionals with audiences in a bold new way. We’ve made significant strides in realizing this new storytelling device—with plenty more work on the horizon—and today were excited to share the camera’s hardware design and tech specs as we continue on the road to commercial availability.

Filming the Future with RED and Facebook 360

Last May, Facebook and RED Digital Cinema announced a collaboration to build the world’s first end-to-end solution for 3D and 360 video capture. Today, we’re excited to reveal a first-look at the Manifold camera. Read more about it here:

Posted by Facebook 360 on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Manifold is a single product that redefines immersive cinematography with an all-in-one capture and distribution framework, giving creative professionals complete ownership of their 3D video projects, from conception to curtain call. What this means for audiences is total narrative immersion in anything shot on the new camera system and viewed through 6DoF VR headsets. It’s nothing short of a paradigm shift in our ability to tell stories.

Picture standing inside of a Hollywood blockbuster instead of simply watching. It’s a common scenario in science fiction—and for good reason—it sounds fantastical. Manifold will make this dreamlike concept a genuine reality, both for content creators and for their audiences. It took years of prototyping and tight collaboration, but results so far point to a revolutionary camera built for a single purpose: to deliver next-generation stories.

Filming the Future with RED and Facebook 360 – Manifold in Action

Manifold captures multiple camera angles simultaneously from within a given volume, enabling infinite perspectives to be generated from any direction within a field of view. Read here:

Posted by Facebook 360 on Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Manifold captures multiple camera angles simultaneously from within a given volume, enabling infinite perspectives to be generated from any direction within a field of view. Using RED’s best-in-class camera sensor design and image processing pipeline, filmmakers get superior image quality when shooting their projects, from live and avant-garde performances to big-budget spectacles. Facebook’s industry-leading depth estimation technology captures 3D information from any scene—like characters, props, and everyday backgrounds—resulting in high-quality video bursting with enhanced volumetric detail and movement.

A key component of the workflow with this camera is a familiar yet powerfully robust post-processing toolset from our partners at Adobe, Foundry, and OTOY. Together with the Manifold camera, it’s everything creators need to ship their projects and we’re optimizing for premium immersive output for Facebook and VR.

Manifold is the first professional camera to fully capture a spherical set of images to accurately recreate entire scenes. The unique combination of camera arrangement and set-ready capabilities makes it an ideal capture tool for professional cinematographers.

Here’s what’s inside:


  • 16 RED(R) Helium 8K(R) Sensors arranged to allow full 360 6DoF capture
  • Record raw from 16 cameras running 8k @60 fps simultaneously



  • Custom Schneider 8mm, F4.0, 180 degree fish eye lenses



  • Single SMPTE 304M cable for power, control and data
  • Camera Control Unit and storage device may be up to 100 meters from Camera Head
  • 5, 12g SDI outputs for monitoring or third party stitch processing
  • Multiple third party storage device choices providing 1 hour or more record time



  • Front of lens ND filters available
  • Quick release handles for maneuvering and setup



  • Web app based control interface for flexibility of user interface device choice
  • SDK provided for post processing


Manifold will help filmmakers and storytellers craft next-generation stories unlike anything else out there. Our work with RED thus far represents a giant leap forward for immersive cinema and we can’t wait to see what the future holds. Stay tuned for updates on our progress, including pricing, availability, and more.

Archiving Film

As Digital Cinema Designer /  Editor and recently turned colorist, I have been observing industry from year 2000 from my first film as an Asst Editor for Tamil film Gummalam, the evolution of Film from Negative to Digital Editing to Digital Color Correction to Digital Exhibition to Digital Acquisition in the right order.

Those days when films are telecined for digital video editing and back to Cut List for splicing negative to scanning to Digital Grading, Films are always back to Negative which is mother of all film prints and when Digital Exhibition came the process of exporting digital grades move to file based, instead of going back to Negatives and thus the beginning of not back to Non-Negative storage begins. What it leads to is there is no physical form a film, which was there for 120 years or more. Storing of Film Negatives and maintaining it is an another long story which involves money and more than 95% of Film Labs in India or closed and most Labs sent out notices to producers to take their Negatives from their Labs since they are closing it down but except very few none taken it down and even if taken it down not maintained properly.

With the advent of Digital Exhibition & Digital Camera based Acquisition the Negative loose their existence, which leads to digital storage of feature films as DPX frames stored in Hard Disk and this is only possible method of storing final film outputs from Color Correction stage.

But the real problem with storing final film outputs in Hard disks are, you never know when the harddisk can fail because of physical damage or because of non use of Harddisk which also leads to failure of Hard disk (that means if you are not using an Hard disk for more than 2 or more years it can fail).

Read 6 Worst Reasons of Hard Disk Failure and Data Recovery Solutions for more info.

Then came the multiple backups of data in two or more Hard disk storages but this too can leads to failure of above mentioned reason.

Whats the solution?

Solutions practised worldwide not just for Feature films and for all financial & non-financial important datas  are being archived back to LTO Tapes which are supposed to be retrievable upto 30 or more years if we keep the tape drive along with tapes and computer and is accessories in safe and secure place. The main reason for keeping the LTO Tape Drives along with this is if you are moving for archiving for more 18months or so is, LTO Tapes are evolving and upgrading their storage in capacity from LTO-1 which can store upto 100GB to LTO-7 Tape which now can store upto 6TB uncompressed. Given below evolution of LTO Tapes…

LTO Tape

LTO Tape







LTO Tape Storage Capacity

LTO Tape Storage Capacity






LINEAR TAPE OPEN: (Via Wikipedia)

Linear Tape-Open (LTO) is a magnetic tape data storage technology originally developed in the late 1990s as an open standards alternative to the proprietary magnetic tape formats that were available at the time. Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Quantum control the LTO Consortium, which directs development and manages licensing and certification of media and mechanism manufacturers. The standard form-factor of LTO technology goes by the name Ultrium, the original version of which was released in 2000 and can hold 100 GB of data in a cartridge. The seventh generation of LTO Ultrium was released in 2015 and can hold 6.0 TB in a cartridge of the same size. Upon introduction, LTO Ultrium rapidly defined the super tape market segment and has consistently been the best-selling super tape format. LTO is widely used with small and large computer systems, especially for backup.


Then came Solid State Drive based storages which are used primarily for faster Read/Write access to data, since it doesn’t have Physical moving disk, prone to failure is less. SSD got new challenges for data recovery, since it stores data in non-linear and much more complex than existing hard disk drive methods. TRIM command allows an operating system to inform a solid-state drive (SSD) which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally varies with each operating system.Data integrity of SSDs are relied upon capacitor or some form of battery when power is lost or you disconnect SSD externally or power of your system if fixed internally and it needs to hold power long enough to maintain data in the cache until power is resumed. Most consumer-class SSDs do not have built-in batteries or capacitors.

Reliability of SSDs are not 100% for one simple reason the technology is evolving every day.


Solid State Drive: (Via Wikipedia)

A solid-state drive (SSD, also known as a solid-state disk although it contains neither an actual disk nor a drive motor to spin a disk) is a solid-state storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. SSD technology primarily uses electronic interfaces compatible with traditional block input/output (I/O) hard disk drives, which permit simple replacements in common applications. Additionally, new I/O interfaces, like SATA Express, have been designed to address specific requirements of the SSD technology. SSDs have no moving mechanical components. This distinguishes them from traditionalelectromechanical magnetic disks such as hard disk drives (HDDs) or floppy disks, which contain spinning disks and movable read/write heads. Compared with electromechanical disks, SSDs are typically more resistant to physical shock, run silently, have lower access time, and lower latency.However, while the price of SSDs has continued to decline over time,[7] consumer-grade SSDs are (as of 2016) still roughly four times more expensive per unit of storage than consumer-grade HDDs.



Other option is to keep your data in Cloud storage which are cheaper day by day but it involves multiple pricing. Certain company like Google Drive or Apple iCloud charge Storage per GB per year, whereas companies like Amazon charge for Storage as well as for bandwidth usage charges for uploading and downloading of data.

Google Drive Pricing

Google Drive Pricing






Apple iCloud Pricing

Apple iCloud Pricing






Amazon S3 Pricing

Amazon S3 Pricing

So finally it all depends on how  you are going to store your digital data of feature films depends purely based on your budget and how long you want to store. But definitely Hard disk based storage alone is not an ideal solution.

As Digital Cinema Designer we are archiving to LTO-5 / LTO-6 / LTO-7 tapes the following films which we worked till date.

Nenokkadine | Madras | O Kadhal Kanmani | Varutha Padatha Valibar Sangam
Ithu Kathirvelan Kadhal | On A Quest | Nanbenda | Rajni Murugan 
Ithu Namma Aalu | Pasanga 2 | Lingaa | Brahmotsavam | Kathakali 
Kumari 21F | Orange Mittai | DAVID

And we are also in process of moving to Solid State Drive & Cloud Storage Archiving in coming days.

Stayzilla | Commercial | Colorist

Recently worked as colorist for  APP commercial titled “Make Room For Something New | Open Up With Styazilla” for a home stay brand  STAYZILLA which is making rage in Youtube crossing 2.15 Million views in 3 weeks of its launch.

First time used DNG Still Frames in Davinci Resolve 12 to grade this project and its a great experience in working with renowned director of this project who is the diretctor of tamil cult film “ARANYA KANDAM”. Thanks Kumararja Thiagaraja & DOP Jeeva Sankar for this great opportunity.

Here is commercial for your viewing..

More information about the technicians as follows:
Written and Directed by: Thiagarajan Kumararaja
Voice: Gautam Vasudev Menon
Cinematography: Jeeva Sankar
Production Designer: Gopi Prasannaa
Art Director: Nindan
Animator: Udaya
Art Assistants: Adheesh, Parthiban Shankar V Kumar
Editing: Satyaraj Natarajan
Executive Producer: Swathi Raghuraaman
VFX Supervisor: Aravind
Music Director: Ghibran
Assistant Camera: Saravanan
Production House: Tyler Durden and Kinofist
Colorist: Balaji Gopal
Sound FX: Koothan, Suren
Sound Engineer : Tapas Nayak
Costumes: Manju Bhargavi


Via (

Some words have a variety of meanings, and we can sometimes get confused with their purpose and usage. For instance, what is the difference between continually and continuously? They are often used interchangeably but there are key variances. According to continually means “very often; at regular or frequent intervals,” and continuously means “unceasingly; constantly; without interruption.” For example: the executive continually reads the stock reports at noon each day versus the executive reads the stock reports continuously, all day long without stopping. The latter would be quite tiresome and nonproductive. Similarly, backup and archive are sometimes used interchangeably but important distinctions exist, especially in practice. Let’s take a closer look.

It Makes A Difference

Backup and Archive – It Makes a Difference

Backup (often called Backup and Restore) is making a copy of current data so that it can be utilized to restore the data in the unforeseen circumstance that the original data was corrupted, deleted or destroyed by unintentional or intentional means. We discussed these data destroyers in a previous BlogBytes called the “Backup Blacklist.” The backup is often done incrementally and kept for certain lengths of time (seven days, two weeks, etc.) based on user set policies that consider the data value, as well as internal and external requirements.

Archive stores a single instance of the data or data sets, a historical collection, explicitly chosen for potential long term future usage. A key distinction here is that archived data is the original or single copy and is typically no longer in current usage.

Some treat multiple backups as their data archive and are unnecessarily creating a mountain of information that can consume space and costs. Once data is no longer in the ‘active’ category but a single copy is still needed in the chance that it may be recalled, it should be moved to the archive for long term retention. This practice can free up primary storage and backup space, lessen backup management overhead, and provide easier classification and retrieval of the information from the archive, rather than trying to sift through multiple copies of backed up information.

Mine that Data

Can You Mine the Data


Most archive management software provides capabilities not typically found in backup processes such as cataloging and metadata search. Information Lifecycle Governance (ILG) enables that cataloging, eDiscovery, defensible deletion and data retention on lowest cost data storage infrastructures. The metadata could include names, labels, data types, owners, dates and more. This can provide the means to mine the archive to address a variety of important requests such as an internal audit, customer inquiry or regulatory requirement. Tape storage data can be mined and with use of the Linear Tape File System the mining of metadata on LTO tape becomes even easier. Especially when used with archive management software offered by a variety of LTFS supporting providers.



Where Do Tape and Disk Fit?

Enterprise disk and flash are used for primary data storage and can be backed up to other storage devices

Feed Me Backup Dollars

including deduplicated disk and tape. Deduplication has provided the means to reduce the amount of space typically needed to store data thereby stretching the storage investment dollar. Bear in mind though, deduplication needs to see multiple copies of the same data set to do its dedupe magic. When the original file is put in the archive for long term storage, it is the only copy. Therefore, deduplication will have little effect on this single version of the original data that is now in the archive. That and other benefits make tape the prime choice for archive storage to contain costs while providing protection for original content. This can put money back in to the enterprise piggy bank.

One last note: since the archive contains original and single copy data, make a second copy on tape and move it offsite for the ultimate protection. Essentially, it is a backup of the archive. LTO Tape is low cost…do it now.

To sum up, with carefully chosen descriptors, backup and archive processes need to occur continually to help protect data, contain costs, and provide management information to keep the enterprise running continuously.