April 26, 2014

Want to Shoot in 3D with Your GoPro Hero3+? Here's How!

GoPro 3DIf you're feeling a little like the footage you've been taking with your action camera lacked a little bit of -- action, you might want to check out the rig GoPro demonstrated at this year's NAB, the 3D Dual Hero System for the Hero3+, which allows users to record synchronized footage with 2 Hero3+'s that you can later convert to 3D with GoPro Studio. However, as you might suspect, there are inexpensive DIY solutions in case the $199 price tag isn't conducive to your budget. We have all the specs and features of GoPro's 3D system, as well as helpful tutorials on the entire 3D capturing process , including how to build a DIY 3D rig for less than $25.

Here are the specs for the 3D Dual Hero System from GoPro's website:

  • Tandem housing holds two HERO3+ Black Edition cameras (sold separately)
  • Capture full-resolution videos and photos simultaneously with uncompromised image quality
  • Record synchronized 2D video or photos to convert to 3D using free GoPro Studio editing software
  • Single interface control enables one camera to control the other’s modes and settings
  • Waterproof to 197’/60m
  • Integrated Mini USB port enables data offload, battery charging and live-feed video when used with the included Skeleton Backdoor
  • Includes two sets of Curved + Flat Adhesive Mounts for mounting to your gear
  • Includes two pairs of 3D anaglyph glasses for viewing your 3D content
  • Compatible with most GoPro mounts
  • Compatible with the GoPro App and Wi-Fi Remote (sold separately)
  • Price: $199.99

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GoPro 3D

There are a number of GoPro accessories and mounting options for the 3D system. Of course, you can always go the DIY route and make your own rig that sets 2 GoPros side by side to capture footage that you can later turn into 3D. Check out this handy little tutorial by Brett Borget, in which he uses 4' of PVC pipe, 4 PVC elbow connectors, and 2 GoPro mounts to make an inexpensive GoPro 3D rig -- all for less than $25.

Borget goes on to demonstrate how to pair your GoPros (he uses 2 Hero 3's -- not Hero 3+'s), as well as record 3D footage with the wireless remote. He mentions near the end of the video below that it's best to get the lenses as close together as possible, and maintaining a distance of at least 3 feet away for the best results.

After you capture your 2D footage, whether you're using GoPro's system or your own DIY system to do it, you can take it into GoPro Studio, which you can download for free here, to convert it into 3D. In the final video in his GoPro 3D series, Borget shows you how to take your 2D footage into this editing program and convert it into 3D.

(By the way, if you have a GoPro Hero2, there is also a 3D system available specifically for that design, and it's half the price ($79.99). Check it out here.)

What do you think? Have you ever shot 3D footage with a GoPro rig? What worked/didn't work for you? Let us know in the comments.

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Hasn't go pro offered this for years?

April 26, 2014 at 2:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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steve

Yes. For years.

April 26, 2014 at 4:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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kuk

Not for the new Hero 3. There was a system made for the Hero 2. The software has been able to do this, but there was no simple slap it in and go rig.

April 26, 2014 at 5:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Zack

Im waiting for the 4.
Im expecting some significant improvments.
Mainly stabilization.

April 26, 2014 at 5:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Cd

Me too. But I'm waiting for 4K #24fps.

April 27, 2014 at 4:17AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jesper

I've been waiting for this for months.

Yes, it was offered for the GoPro Hero 2, but has not been at all compatible for newer iterations. Basically meaning it has "not" been offered for years. Hero 2 footage is not acceptable.
Yes, there are DIY ways to get a 3D setup using your own GoPro combination of choice, but they lack true syncing abilities.

The biggest reason why this is a big deal is the recording synchronization, something that is not really possible with DIY methods. You can bind two cameras to the same remote, but they do not "start" recording at the exact same moment in time. Typically, you will have to go through in the edit and slide one track into sync position with the other track. Even then, you may be recording at slightly different times STILL. That isn't as evident at 60+ fps but it certainly is at 30 or less.

So this is exciting as it means perfectly synced Hero 3+ footage. The case itself? I typically lean towards DIY stuff for that, but having a case that allows the cameras to be perfectly aligned by default is a huge time saver. Trying to re-calibrate your lens angle EVERY SINGLE TIME you want to shoot, not including the likelihood of them moving ANY during filming, can become a headache very quickly.

April 26, 2014 at 6:56PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Given that there will be rolling shutter issues, won't having one of the cameras upside down be a major problem with any fast panning in 3d?

April 27, 2014 at 7:56AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Actually... yeah. I'm pretty certain there's no option to tell the camera from which direction to start recording each frame (From top or bottom) so the skew will not match up. If you're filming at a high enough frame rate hopefully it's not much of an issue.

April 27, 2014 at 8:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Hi,
Anybody know about how to monitor a 3D footage in real time from a 3D camera through short length cable.?

July 16, 2014 at 5:18AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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