Precision Glass & Optics' Customized Optical Mirrors Integrated into 360-degree High-Def Camera System

October 17, 2011 - Santa Ana, CA - Precision Glass & Optics (PG&O, global experts in optical manufacturing and precision thin film coatings, has provided the precision optical mirrors that are integrated into a revolutionary, 360-degree high definition (HD) video camera system developed by Social Animal ( The SA360 Video Camera System provides 2K resolution, cinema-quality footage, captured simultaneously and stitched together seamlessly to create a 360-degree panoramic view of the action. It is utilized for commercial and promotional purposes, interactive music videos, 360-degree gaming, and other retail, entertainment, and creative applications.

The system includes nine HD cameras which are paired with optically precise, trapezoidal mirrors, designed and manufactured by Precision Glass & Optics. The MAL203 mirrors are front surface aluminized, on select float glass. They are accurately positioned above each camera lens, fanning out around the circumference of the camera rig. The aluminum is overcoated with dielectric layers on the glass to enhance reflectivity and protect against heat, humidity, and abrasion. PG&O's MAL series is ideal for any high quality mirror applications that require durability and high reflection. Specifications include standard visible reflection of greater than 94 percent at 550nm for 45 degrees, reflection is greater than 90 percent for S&P polarization at 550nm, 15 degrees through 45 degrees.

The SA360 video is the only system capable of providing a 360-degree panoramic view at 2K resolution. During playback, the viewer can decide which angle of the video they want to watch by scrolling left and/or right. The footage can be viewed via the proprietary SA360 video player or it can be viewed online, enabled by an interactive Flash video plug-in (to view a video review of the new camera system, go to:

PG&O provides high performance optical components and thin film coatings for extremely demanding tasks for digital cinema, imaging, biomedical, military, aerospace, astronomy, broadcast, solar applications, and more.

About the Companies:

Precision Glass & Optics - - PG&O has delivered high quality, precision glass, optics, and optical coatings for a variety of applications for over 25 years. The company offers an extensive materials inventory plus a full optical fabrication shop, three large coating chambers, and an expert, in-house engineering staff, for added convenience. Our cost-effective and reliable optics and advanced thin film coatings are ideal for military, aerospace, biomedical, imaging, laser, digital cinema, solar markets, and more.

Social Animal - - Founded in 2008, Social Animal is the creator of high definition (HD) interactive 360-degree videos for commercial and creative applications. The company provides advanced, interactive technology that integrates the social power of the web to engage the user and create a personalized experience. The new SA360 video is a revolutionary system that provides a 360-degree format and allows the audience to interact, thereby creating a unique and individualized experience with video.

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