After much consideration, we have decided to sunset support for the Quad Lightfield file format (a.k.a 2x2).
It was originally created as Leia’s version of SBS: a way to create a standard 2D media file that has multiple views to drive our 4-view 3D Lightfield displays. This was obviously a kludge, and we quickly established better methods like Leia Image Format (LIF) to allow full backwards compatibility with 2D displays and forwards compatibility with Leia products. We think this format is the future, and we expect other companies will begin supporting it in 2023.
As time has gone on, we’ve seen less and less usage of Quad Lightfield, and these days, nearly all of our users use either LIF or SBS. Future Leia devices and displays may not be 4-view devices, as such and due to the limited adoption of the Quad Lightfield format, it no longer makes sense for ongoing support. Support will continue through the end of the year, and will terminate on December 31st, 2022.
What does this mean for you?
Well, if you don’t use Quad Lightfield photos or videos, then great! It means nothing.
If you do, we will not break support on existing LitByLeia products like RED Hydrogen One or Lume Pad. This includes LeiaPlayer, LeiaPix, and LeiaFrame on those devices, which should continue working and supporting Quad Lightfield for the foreseeable future. However, we will be sunsetting software and tools that export in Quad Lightfield, including Lightfield Studio and some of our plugins. In addition, all future software and hardware released by Leia will not support Quad Lightfield files.
If you’d like to make your Quad Lightfield media compatible on 3D TVs, VR headsets, and future Leia devices and apps, we are providing users with these FFMPEG scripts to convert your Quad Lightfield media to SBS. We also plan to release paid conversion tools in 2023 that will make it easy to convert your Quad Lightfield content to SBS or LIF.
We know that many creators loved playing with Quad Lightfield media, and for some it will be sorely missed. But we think our new focus on pure stereoscopic media and its universal support across the 3D and XR industries will be an asset for everyone involved. If you have any questions please let us know. We want to ensure this transition is as painless as possible for those affected!
Nima & the Leia Team