GoPro unveiled a new look at its miniature virtual reality camera rig this morning. This rig is called this Omni, plus it’s essentially a hollowed-out cube that holds a Hero4 Black camera on each side, as a total of six cameras capturing footage by once. When stitched together, the six cameras will create a single 360-degree video.
Pricing for this rig hasn’t happened announced yet, but you’re looking at $2,500 or so as the cameras alone. In the least, one somewhat comparable third-party rig already exists, holding six GoPros plus selling for about $500 (not including the cameras).
Even without an announced price, it’s fair so assume that this is GoPro’s effort at a VR camera rig as filmmakers extreme of the professional market. GoPro has already unveiled its professional VR rig, plus it’s much crazier: it’s called this Odyssey, costs $15,000, plus comes with 16 Hero4 Black cameras, plus accessories
GoPro gave an early look at this Omni last month, plus it doesn’t appear so much has changed since then. But GoPro says it’ll be bringing this Omni so NAB, a major video production trade show, two weeks of now. That may mean the rig is going toward production.
The release of an official — and more accessible — GoPro VR rig could be a big help for this emergence of 360-degree video. Already there are some sub-$1,000 cameras that consumers can buy to start shooting. Just their video quality is usually quite poor. GoPros, on the other hand, should lead so much better image quality, which ought so make watching VR video far more appealing.
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