Disney bets big on the Nokia Ozo 360-degree camera

Nokia have today announced it’s partnership with Disney that sees the 360-degree Ozo virtual reality camera positioned as the system of choice for filmmakers.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Nokia Technologies to help explore the creation of VR content for our theatrical releases,” Jamie Voris, chief technology officer for The Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement. “We aim to bring extraordinary experiences to audiences around the world, and specially-created VR content is one more way we can transport people even further into the worlds our filmmakers create.”

The deal will see the Ozo camera put in the hand of Disney filmmakers and its marketing teams to create 360-degree videos across the Disney estate. The experience will be fantastic when used in conjunction with showcasing the Disney parks to begin with.

The Nokia Ozo has already been used in two pieces of content for The Jungle Book promotional campaign. One of which was a 360-degree round table interview with director Jon Favreau, the cast members, and moderator Chris Hardwick. The deal apparently also will eventually expand to cover other Disney owned Studios such as Marvel and Lucasfilm, which means the Ozo could be used in VR content for 360-degree Star Wars content.

Ozo is apparently already being used in some behind-the-scenes footage for Disney productions for Avengers: Infinity War or Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Nokia say that this only marks the first step for the Ozo line and the company have a plan to expand their product line into prosumer hardware, as well as production rigs.

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