“Samsung approached MSE last year as they began the initial field testing of their new virtual reality camera with IP65 certification,” explained Tyler Phillips, vice president, Matthews Studio Equipment. “They needed a support system that provided flexible mounting options. One that could also withstand the rigors of extended outdoor shooting in extreme environments.”
The Matthews VRig is designed as a robust VR support system with flexible mounting options. It features a low center of gravity to minimize nadir hole obstruction while maintaining stability. It also has a small footprint.
When it is paired with Samsung’s 360 Round, users can record, edit and live stream VR video and audio anywhere. In addition, the 360 Round has a unibody chassis and compact design. It captures true 4Kx4K 360º footage. The camera is also IP65 dust and water resistant.
“Samsung 360 Round is built for creators who need a highly portable, high-quality professional VR camera. A camera they can take into a variety of environments,” said Josh Dixon, Emerging Products Lead, B2B Mobile, Samsung Electronics America. “We researched the marketplace for the ideal partner to build out a rig. Time and time again, Matthews Studio Equipment was the name that came up with other vendors and our customers. They are hands down the leader in the industry for their rugged rigging solutions.”
Matthews VRig/360 Round Package
To maximize the value of the products together, Samsung and Matthews began collaborating on a refined packaged system. As a result, they now offer a weather-resistant skirt and hard case to house the 360 Round and VRig in one protective enclosure. “The goal was to offer the virtual reality production market a complete system that answers many of the questions common with producers joining in this rapidly expanding industry,” added Phillips. “The 360 Round and VRig complement each other in their ability to set up quickly and perform consistently at a level that professional cinematographers have grown to expect.”