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Tablet-based immersive video technology Condition ONE launches  
Friday, November 11, 2011 | by Eamon Hickey
Condition ONE, a new immersive video technology initially available for the iPad, can now be downloaded in the form of an app from the iTunes App Store. Condition ONE is a system for capturing extremely wide field-of-view video footage that can be freely navigated on an iPad. A preview video (embedded below), along with an accompanying press release, is available at Vimeo.

The system uses a proprietary camera technology to capture wide field-of-view video. When the footage is played on an iPad, the viewer can tilt, pivot, and swipe to swing the view they are seeing of the scene, like an immersive panorama image except with video.

In the scene: Condition ONE demo (Video courtesy of Condition ONE)

We noted the announcement of Condition ONE earlier this year. At that time, the system was said to be based on a DSLR camera and to capture "the entire human field of view". In a story at Taw about today's release of the shipping app, writer Michael Grothaus says that the Condition ONE footage can include a 360-degree field of view. Grothaus has used a beta of the app and his story gives a fairly extensive picture of how it works and what it does.

Developed by photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis, Condition ONE has a heavy photojournalism focus right now the sample content shown with it comprises entirely conflict-related stories shot by war photographers.

The Condition ONE app is free at the App Store. The company says an Android version will be available next year.

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