VideoStitch Raises $2.25 Million for Live 360-Degree VR Feed

French startup VideoStitch has the ability to output a live 360-degree feed, using multiple action cameras, making it ideal for virtual reality. The video-stitching solution attracted the attention, and $2.25 million, from Alven Capital. VideoStitch’s software can also be used to output 3D videos as well as a simple stitching solution for video feeds. The software supports any 360-degree camera configuration, is scalable and allows processing across multiple GPUs for real-time results.

A TechCrunch reporter had a chance to try out the company’s demonstrations and deemed himself “particularly impressed by what the company had to offer.”

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He saw one demo in which VideoStitch, using three GoPros connected to a computer, stitched together the outputs in real-time, calibrating luminosity and removing artifacts. He experienced the live video feed wearing an Oculus Rift headset, and finally saw a demonstration of using the GoPros to output a 3D feed in real time.

In addition to Alven Capital, Kima Ventures and entrepreneurs Daniel Marhély, Errol Ginsberg and Laurent Asscher have invested in the company.

The Paris-headquartered company, with offices in San Francisco, got its start in 2010 when it created a 360-video for French car manufacturer Renault. According to the company website, most of the videos were shot with three Canon 5D Mark II cameras with a 8mm fisheye lens.

“Stitching them together was a nightmare. We were shooting several hours per day, and at that time, we needed about 1 hour to stitch one minute of video. Developing VideoStitch in order to have a seamless workflow became an obvious mission for us. Our goal is to deliver the fastest, cinematic VR grade 360 2D and 360 3D video stitching professional filmmakers need.”