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Google is teaming up with IMAX to create ‘cinema-grade’ Jump VR camera

Google has announced it is working with IMAX to create a 360-degree camera capable of creating high-quality cinema-grade video.

Speaking in a VR-based address on day 2 at Google I/O, the head of VR Clay Bavor said Google’s work within its Jump platform had attracted the attention of Hollywood.

The Jump camera, which was introduced at last year’s event, features a ring of 16 GoPro Hero4 cameras that can capture and stitch together footage.

Currently, Jump and the $15,000 Odyssey rig (pictured) is geared towards creating footage for YouTube to be viewed on Google Cardboard headsets.

However, the firm’s ambitions are growing, especially in light of the new Daydream VR platform announced on Wednesday.

Related: 10 Things Google didn’t announce at Google I/O

Today’s announcement (via VentureBeat) comes amid a warning from Steven Spielberg, that VR technology could be ‘dangerous’ for film-making.

“I think we’re moving into a dangerous medium with virtual reality,” he told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival.

The only reason I say it is dangerous is because it gives the viewer a lot of latitude not to take direction from the storytellers but make their own choices of where to look.

“I just hope it doesn’t forget the story when it starts enveloping us in a world that we can see all around us and make our own choices to look at.”

Elsewhere, Google also revealed that Jump rigs will be available to YouTube creators through its Spaces studios in LA and New York City.

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