GoPro's sixteen-digital camera rig for Google Bounce VR prices $15,000
Google launched Bounce, a platform for VR video, again at its developer convention in Might — together with a barely bonkers digital camera rig referred to as Odyssey co-designed with GoPro. At this time, potential content material creators can put their identify right down to get early entry to the hardware (pictured after the break), which GoPro tells us is simply out there in restricted amount. Google already did one thing comparable, however this time the scheme seems to be particularly aimed toward skilled companions. We additionally get to know slightly bit extra concerning the rig, together with its value: an eye fixed-watering (at the least for us amateurs) $15,000.
What do you get in your cash? Properly, sixteen GoPros for starters (that accounts for $eight,000 of the Odyssey’s value on the digital camera’s $500 retail worth). The remainder of the package deal consists of connectivity mounts (“bacpacs”) for every digital camera, cables, reminiscence playing cards, a pelican case and (in fact) the cylindrical Odyssey rig itself. As soon as mixed, the rig will shoot 2.7K video in four:three facet ratio. It’s, in fact, all concerning the 360-diploma/3D expertise, and Google with GoPro hopes that Odyssey can increase the bar when it comes to immersive video high quality.
Along with the hardware, the Leap platform features a video “assembler” that stitches all of the information collectively to create one seamless globe, after which, in fact a participant on YouTube which can embrace help for viewing by way of Cardboard in stereoscopic/3D, or common “flat” viewing by way of desktop or YouTube app (with out Cardboard). You’ll be able to see the Odyssey in motion by way of the video under (desktop customers can view in Chrome, and “go searching” utilizing the ASWD keys).
GoPro tells us the necessity for sixteen cameras comes right down to the specification of Bounce (Google), and the assembler software program. For these curious, all these cameras mixed present an output at 2K x 2K over/beneath (somewhat than aspect-by-aspect) panoramic MPEG4 video at 150Mbit/s or 8K x 8K at 600Mbit/s in accordance with GoPro’s spec-sheet.
Odyssey is separate from GoPro’s personal spherical video answer that solely makes use of six cameras, which hopefully will make it extra accessible when it lastly turns into obtainable. GoPro purchased Kolor, a panoramic video firm again in April, one month previous to Leap’s announcement. Little question the digital camera-maker will probably be eager to utilize that new software program with its personal VR and immersive video, hopefully at a extra novice-pleasant worth level.
In the event you’re desirous about early entry to Odyssey, you’ll be able to apply to be concerned right here, so long as you are based mostly in U.S., Canada, UK, the EU, Japan, or Brazil (or a minimum of, can fake you’re).
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