April 20, 2016
NAB 2016

GoPro Keeps Moving in the Direction of VR and 360 Degree Video with Omnirig & Odyssey

Remember when GoPro was an action sports company?

The birth of VR and 360° video has lead to a rebirth in potential for the minuscule camera, as they continue to cement their place within the VR filmmaker's toolkit.

They showed off their new Omnirig, a six camera synced spherical solution for VR ($1,500 without cameras, $5,000 with) and The Odyssey, a stereo rig they've developed in partnership with Google, which boasts sixteen. GoPro also talked about their new Developer Program, which may be of interest if you're looking to hop onboard as they continue to ride the wave into this emerging field of filmmaking.


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Wouldn't it make more sense to buy the GoPros and Omnirig cage separately. The bundle is $5k but if you buy everything separately its only $4000. $1,500 for the cage seems a little over the top to me as well.

April 20, 2016 at 7:15PM, Edited April 20, 7:22PM

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Kaster Troy
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Here's everything included in the $5000 package:
Kolor software apps (Autopano Video Pro + Autopano Giga)
1x GoPro Omni Sync Rig
6x GoPro HERO4 Black Cameras
6x GoPro Rechargeable HERO4 Camera Batteries
6x GoPro Mini USB Cables
6x GoPro Lens Covers
6x 32GB microSD Cards
6x microSD USB Card Readers
1x GoPro Smart Remote
1x 7-Port USB Hub
1x Switronix Hypercore-98S Battery
1x Switronix GP-S V-Mount Battery Plate/Clamp
1x Switronix GP-LS Battery Charger
1x PowerTap to DC 2.5 x 5.5mm Cable
1x Waterproof Shipping Case
1x Plastic Tweezers
1x Microfiber Bag
1x 2.5mm Hex Key

Once you add all the microSD cards, Switronix battery solution, Kolor software, and plastic tweezers, the price seems more reasonable.

You can get a 6 or 7 camera 360 frame for about $500, but you won't have camera sync (which means subtle seams between cameras), and you won't have the external power option, which means replacing all those batteries every hour or so while you're shooting. $1500 is a little high, but it's an actually-professional solution, not a "cross your fingers and hope every camera is close enough" solution.

April 21, 2016 at 8:20AM

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Jim Shields
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The camera sync and external battery make it worth it over the other solutions I've been looking at. Most of the gopro-shot VR/360 video I've seen (even the stuff featured on manufacturers' websites) have seams due to the cameras not being perfectly in sync.

April 21, 2016 at 8:10AM, Edited April 21, 8:09AM

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Jim Shields
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Pricing is very reasonable. This is a solution I can afford to take a risk on, what with Real Estate being a big business where I live. Any word on a release date?

EDIT: Found it. GoPro Omni is expected to launch Aug 17. http://shop.gopro.com/vr-cameras/omni---all-inclusive/MHDHX-006.html

April 21, 2016 at 11:10AM, Edited April 21, 11:11AM

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Eduardo Morales
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