GoPro Unveils Odyssey 3D 16-Camera Rig
The Odyssey works in conjunction with Google’s Jump 3D 360-degree virtual reality platform, with its 360-degree camera array, made up of 16 Hero4 Black cameras, designed to capture stereoscopic 3D content.
First announced at Google’s annual Google I/O developer conference, the Odyssey carries a price tag of US$15,000, with the rig comprising the cameras, along with 16 array bacpacs with syncing cables, coming with a custom-built ultra-rugged Pelican case.
The Odyssey includes features such as genlock camera synchronisation, multi-camera control and extended battery life.
Jump itself comprises of three parts: the Odyssey, an assembler to process the footage, along with a YouTube player, with the assembler and the player slated to launch later this year as the cameras become available.
“Virtual reality is a promising new innovation with incredible potential for commercial and artistic applications,”GoPro president Tony Bates commented. “With Odyssey and Jump, GoPro is encouraging content creators to pioneer the new technology – to capture, edit and share immersive content.
“We already know that GoPro users are some of the most talented content creators in the world, so we can’t wait to see how the professional community will use Odyssey to capture life’s most memorable moments in a whole new way.”
GoPro states professional content creators and producers can apply to participate and purchase an Odyssey rig for delivery later this year. Further information can be found here.