If you were handed 50 GoPro HERO2 cameras to disperse around the New York City streets what would you come up with? Actually, to step back for a moment, how on earth would you deal with the laborious task of controlling them all without an army of ADs poised to capture your multi-cam opus? Enter the recently launched GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit and skater Ryan Sheckler's demonstration run from the top of the Manhattan Bridge to the storied Lower East Side skate park in promo video New York City:
Here are the official specs:
The Wi-Fi Combo Kit enables remote control, live preview and playback on smartphones and tablets, live streaming to the web, and more. The Wi-Fi Combo Kit is compatible with HD HERO2 and Original HD HERO cameras.
- Control up to 50 cameras a time, 600’/ 180m range
- Full camera control: On/Off, Mode, Shutter, and Settings
- Attachment strap, key ring, and charging cable included
- Wearable & Waterproof to 10’/3m
- GoPro App + Smartphone or Tablet (Coming Soon)
- Control your GoPro(s) with your smartphone or tablet
- Live preview & playback of videos & photos from your GoPro(s)
- Wi-Fi transfer footage from your GoPro to your smartphone or tablet and share with friends
- Live stream your smartphone as a hotspot
- Live Streaming + Sharing Directly from Your GoPro (Coming Soon)
- Live stream video or share photos and videos directly to the web from your GoPro, wherever you have a network connection (coming soon).
- Wi-Fi BacPac (with built-in Li-ion Battery)
- Wi-Fi Remote (with built-in Li-ion Battery)
- Remote Charging Cable
- Remote Attachment Key
- Remote Attachment Strap
- Waterproof Backdoor
- Non-waterproof Backdoor
- 12” USB Charging Cable
While you may be thinking that the odds of your hitting the streets to shoot a skate video are about as likely as me landing a kickflip, I'd just like to pull a quote from an interview I recently recorded with feature director Ben Wheatley over at Directors Notes:
The GoPro Two is quite interesting as well so I'd like to do some stuff with that. There's GoPro shots in Sightseers, which hold up. (15:20)
Yes that's right, Wheatley's Cannes Directors’ Fortnight premiering feature, seamlessly mixed GoPro shots with the RED ONE footage the majority of the film was captured on and that was with the earlier iteration of the camera, so when used correctly the HERO2 and $99.99 Wi-Fi Combo Kit could quite conceivably graduate from their action sports heritage to those tricky shots you wouldn't dream of risking your A camera's wellbeing on.
How would you integrate the Wi-Fi Combo Kit into your production workflow?