You Can Now Capture 3D Video on Your GoPro with the $50 Vitrima Lens

3D has come to action cameras. Vitrima has unveiled a lens for GoPro that allows users to record in stereoscopic 3D.

The waterproof lens uses mirrors to capture two left/right images, so there's no stitching required. Using it is simple for those who may not be familiar with 3D filmmaking; it pops right onto a standard GoPro housing. It doesn't require any software and is immediately viewable through a VR headset, which means that there's no editing required.

This video shows you what using one looks like:

And here are a few sample videos to show you what it records:

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The Vitrima 3D lens costs only $50, which is a pretty good deal if you're interested in toying with the idea of shooting your GoPro stuff in 3D but don't want to break the bank to do it. Vitrima hasn't launched quite yet, but you can sign up to get notified when they become available.     

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Creator of this toy forget that stereoscopic shooting have some rules, first of them is to NEVER shoot with a superfisheye with mirror rotate with too high eye separation be cause it build a different deformation between on right of right picture (which is in the curve of external lens) against a right of left eye which is captured from center of lens...
this kind of capture produce very different picture between two eyes and that cause strain to people...
this kind of capture is a cause of another dead of 3d shooting, ignorance and thought that you can rewrite the way of human vision did with brain and not with eyes...

May 28, 2016 at 10:53PM, Edited May 28, 10:53PM

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Carlo Macchiavello
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Ouch @Ramon, your post makes me think you have a stake in this 3D tech.
Maybe it's because english is my second language but I cut through the grammar and found Carlo's post quite interesting, since I love to dabble in new tech but have no idea how it works. I also find real value when people take the time to post their "opposing opinion" as it gives the reader something to think about, rather than taking the article for face value, spending 50 bucks, and then possibly being disappointed.

This is what I got from his message ....

Note: This is my own translation ... Carlo, forgive me if I am totally off.

"This seems more of a toy to me than something practical as the inventor fails to take into account some fundamental stereoscopic shooting rules. First, when you are shooting with a superfisheye (like the GoPro lens) the 3D device can't have the mirror rotated too high (like the Vitrima seems to do). This is because it causes too great a variance between the right of right picture (which is taken from the curve of the external lens) as compared to the right of left picture (which is captured from the center of the lens). What you end up with is too great a variance of pictures between the left and right eyes which can cause eye strain.

I personally believe this device was not developed with much understanding of the process and instead of factoring biology into the development of this device, they only used mathematical formulas."

...... to end my overly long post: Was Carlo acting indignant and seemingly on a very high horse? Possibly, but to resort to name calling and additional slurs on his use of grammar is uncalled for. NoFilmSchool has an international audience, and I - as an Indonesian - don't want to feel that I can't post comments just because my english is not perfect.

May 29, 2016 at 8:16AM

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Edwin Pieroelie
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Hey Carlo- It's Brian (the guy in the Vitrima video). The GoPro can record in narrow field of view, which doesn't have any fish eyed effect.

But you are correct that if you were to do it improperly and use the GoPro in the fish eyed mode then it would look awful.

June 2, 2016 at 4:11PM

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Too bad they didn't come out with this in the five minutes five years ago anybody cared about 3d whatsoever.

May 29, 2016 at 1:52PM

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For 3D video is important to be able to change the parallax .. This is a toy for a 1 day. Bought and then forgot about it .. :-) If you do not do that you will break the viewer's eyes.

May 30, 2016 at 9:06AM

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Hey- Brian from Vitrima (the guy in the video). I think you're right, Vitrima Lens isn't for advanced stereoscopic film makers.

But most of the skydivers, snowboarders, etc. who we talked to don't really want to be advanced stereoscopic film makers- they just want to film in 3D. So Vitrima is a great way for them to record in 3D just by putting their GoPro Camera in a case.

June 2, 2016 at 4:17PM

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Woah, Old school Tech,...
I have a Pentax version of that, it was designed to fit on a 55mm prime to do stereoscopic photos in the 70's and 80's.
I could see this little unit being useful for setting up a GoPro Hero4Black as a Crash Cam in a 3D film - set the GoPro to 4K and then center-crop the HD frame out of each side.

June 9, 2016 at 8:31AM, Edited June 9, 8:31AM

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Stewart Fairweather
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