Announcing Azure Kinect support in Depthkit

Depthkit powered volumetric capture just took a huge step forward

July 11, 2019

The time has come! Depthkit Pro users can start using the Azure Kinect with Depthkit today and take their volumetric projects to a new level of quality.

Depthkit officially supports the Azure Kinect today. As Microsoft starts shipping out its Kinect for Windows v2 successor, we’re happy to say that as soon as you get your hands on it, you can know that it is supported in Depthkit. Not in a few months, not in a few weeks, now

Since December, we’ve had the pleasure of working in close partnership with Microsoft to integrate Depthkit with early access Azure Kinect hardware. Now, we’re happy to bring everyone the fruits of this collaboration. By working with Microsoft, we’ve been able to ensure that this sensor can support the unique demands of volumetric filmmakers everywhere.

We don’t hesitate when we say that this the Azure Kinect is, hands-down, the best depth sensor currently available. It has quickly become our go-to sensor for any Depthkit work we shoot ourselves.

Here’s a quick overview of its features:

  • Highest quality depth map on the market
  • Highest resolution and quality video signal with up to 4K recording!
  • Adjustable field of view, including the widest we’ve ever seen on a depth camera
  • Runs off USB power, meaning it works in the field with just a laptop
  • Manual control of white balance and exposure
  • Fixed tripod mounting point on bottom of sensor
  • Half the size of the old Kinect

All this available to you today through seamless integration into the Depthkit workflow. 

Starting today, users with a Pro License can download or upgrade to the latest version of Depthkit (0.3.12) and start working with the Azure Kinect like any other sensor Depthkit supports. We’ll be sharing more over the next few months about our upcoming roadmap.

Don’t have a Pro License? Today is a great day to upgrade! Not only does Depthkit Pro now include Azure Kinect support, but it also contains our Refinement workflow (generate 4K/HD depth maps), as well as the recently released ability to export geometry sequences — a must-have feature for any VFX workflow.

Upgrade to Depthkit Pro

Order the Azure Kinect from Microsoft

Lastly, for anyone on the fence about picking up the sensor or Depthkit, we’re happy to announce that we’ve added sample Azure Kinect data to the downloads page! By just signing up, you can see how great Azure Kinect footage looks when shot with Depthkit. To get started, click the Get Depthkit link below, sign up, and head to your downloads page.

Combined with Depthkit, the Azure Kinect represents a true next step for volumetric filmmaking. Over the course of the coming year we’ll be adding more great features to Depthkit and are happy to be taking this first step towards the future together. 

We can’t wait to see what sort of creativity this unlocks. Everyone at Scatter is looking forward to seeing what you create!

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