First Sample Footage From GoPro's Six-Camera Omni VR Rig

GoPro released a new pro virtual reality camera rig called Omni, which is a cube-shaped system allowing the user to record in 360 degrees. This new frame, made from aluminum, sports a very compact look, and because of the metal used, it promises to be light and flexible under different circumstances. The proof lies in the new trailer released by GoPro. The 360-degree clip showcasing the skills of freestyle skiers and snowboarders in the Tyrolean Alps of Austria was shot with the new camera rig. You can navigate around the video using YouTube's built-in arrow tool or a special virtual reality headset for a total experience. 

It is expected with six cameras filming the same scene that the stitching of all the feeds might not be entirely smooth. In fact, in the video released by GoPro, some stitching lines and glitches are apparent. However, it's important to note that GoPro warned on their Youtube that the new clip was made using a prototype Omni unit and that upon its release on the market, consumers may expect to see major improvements in the output quality:

Precise pixel-level synchronization makes stitching in post-production easier and more exact, especially when compared to unsynchronized camera arrays.

Omni, a synchronized six-camera array

The Omni is now available for pre-order at B&H for $5,000 for a complete package that includes six Hero 4 Black cameras plus all the necessary hardware and software or $1,500 for just the frame. It will become available on August 17, possibly reducing the temptation for filmmakers to build their own rig. It’s also somewhat less expensive than GoPro’s pro-grade 16-camera Odyssey rig, which is sold at $15,000. Amid crisis times for GoPro, the promo video was released on the same day as the 2016 Q1 financial report, with GoPro looking to improve over a disappointing 2015 Q4.

[via: The Verge]

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Finally. A piece of Photo gear I have NO desire to own. What a waste of pixels!

the technology here needs to be drastically improved. the quality is just not ready

I've always been a GOPRO fan but this does nothing for me. to me it's just weird to watch. i'm with steve, finally something i don't want.

This reminds me of the whole 3D TV thing. Brands try to push it onto consumers. Consumers have no desire to buy. Gimmick dies soon thereafter.