September 19, 2014 at 8:44AM


Won't someone please invent this?

About a month or two ago, NoFilmSchool had a post about a still camera that allowed you to zoom in, focus and refocus certain parts of a photo after the shot was taken. (If you find it, please post the link the comments below).

Won't someone please invent a video version of this so that you can shoot flat video and then go back in editing and pan, track, focus on one part of the video after you've shot it. Also to light one area in post afterward?

And if this is already invented, please let me know where I can get it.


Well higher resolution cameras do allow you to "reframe and track" except they lack the perspective shift... An example would be editing a 4K video file in 1080p. You have ~50% of your footage to reframe and scale.

As far as the light field capture technology, I know certain manufacturers as well as top universities (MIT has a light field capture camera, but without the refocus abilities) are developing them currently. I personally LOVE the idea of an interactive film that gives the viewer the ability to pick and choose their own focus points in a film. The way you could let a viewer discover a film and hold their attention by allowing them to see what they want to see and you could hide visuals in a shot that only some people might pick up on and I think this could add a literal dimension to films.

That being said, I think if you're looking for this camera for the sake of being able to fix everything later, you're doing it for the wrong reason. If you need to change all those things in post, you need to focus on your shooting and not on finding equipment that encourages sloppiness. I can think of a handful of reasons why a light field capture video camera would be a MASSIVE innovation for the film industry, but no offense, this just sounds like you don't know how to shoot and don't have the desire to learn.

September 19, 2014 at 9:19AM

Aidan Gray
Director of Photography Assistant Camera | Gaffer

The camera was the lytro, just search on NFS if you want the article.

The technology isn't here yet to do it in video, let along HD or 4K. It could be really cool if it was possible in time though, give it a few years. I think this will lead to an even lazier bread of film maker though. You will be able to make decisions in post and not have a worry on set which isn't right.

September 19, 2014 at 9:51AM

Chase Axton

Why would anyone ever want that for film? Or photo... The work in post would be mind blowingly to much.

October 8, 2014 at 3:25AM

Viktor Ragnemar

I'm not sure how well it would work, but you could shoot using one of those 3D GoPro rigs with both of the cameras at 4K. In post, the resolution would let you zoom in some (though noise is an issue there). You could also use difference modifiers between shots from each camera to do the depth of field and focus.

October 14, 2015 at 12:42AM

Reply is about the closest, but costs a lot. It looks really cool, but ultimately cameras are only tools. We control what they see and shoot. I doubt there will ever be a camera that will allow us to edit everything like you are saying, as awesome as it would be.

June 28, 2017 at 6:20AM

Caleb Minear

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