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Share HoloLens Holograms With Microsoft Spectator View Cam

Stepping into a virtual or augmented reality is a wholly singular experience; no two people will follow the exact same path. Which is great if you’re hawking a video game or interactive movie.

But head-mounted displays are finding their way into more applications, many of which require a third-person perspective—a way for the public to participate.

Microsoft this week released blueprints to build the same technology the company uses to bring HoloLens demonstrations to life.

“We knew that we needed to create a way to connect the experience of someone wearing a HoloLens with that of an audience (whether that audience is one person or 100 people),” Brandon Bray, principal program manager at Microsoft, wrote in a blog entry.

The solution: a spectator view camera featuring Mixed Reality Capture (MRC).

Instead of simply watching someone with a bulky headset flail about an empty room, the camera lets folks see the same holograms as the wearer, as well as how that person is interacting with their mixed reality experience.

Redmond built this technology with three specific intentions: for capturing photos of a mixed reality scene, shooting video of a holographic environment in action, and live streaming holographic content to an audience.

And now anyone (with some development experience) can create their own spectator view camera in one day. Just head to GitHub for the official documentation and step-by-step instructions.

You’ll need the proper hardware, including a DSLR camera with HDMI output, a HoloLens, and a Wi-Fi-enabled PC; most gaming and workstation computers are powerful enough for the job.

Before getting started, ensure your app is a shared experience that can run on a HoloLens and a desktop. Then complete any necessary calibrations, so the HMD and DSLR are aligned, and start sharing holographic creations.

Check out the video below, designed “to help walk you through the steps to bring your spectator view camera to life,” Bray wrote in the blog.

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