GoPro 3D HERO System Launch

Apr 4, 2011 at 10:42
by GoPro  

Innovative Modular Design Enables Consumers to Combine two 1080p HD HERO Cameras to Create Professional Quality 3D Camera System.

April 4, 2011 – Half Moon Bay, Calif. – GoPro, the world’s leading activity camera company, today announced the availability of the much anticipated 3D HERO® System, a waterproof 3D expansion kit for GoPro’s best selling 1080p HD HERO camera. The 3D HERO System is available immediately at GoPro.com and is shipping to GoPro retailers worldwide with an MSRP of $99.99.



The 3D HERO System has an industry-first modular design that enables consumers to combine two 1080p HD HERO cameras to form a single 1080p 3D camera, the world’s smallest and least expensive one at that. Waterproof to 180 feet, the 3D HERO System can be worn on the body, mounted on gear and vehicles, and used as a handheld camera. A dual-camera, polycarbonate, waterproof housing holds the two cameras together and a synchronization cable plugs into the back of each camera, enabling them to function as a single camera. A single shutter button controls both cameras.



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47 Comments

  • + 17
 Whenever something comes out that I actually want to see in 3D, I can't find any glasses. Blank Stare Cool idea, with all the hype around 3D lately, it's neat to see a relatively inexpensive system that's already been proven reliable. And if the 3D ends up not being your thing, you could always sell off one of the cameras. lol
  • + 3
 im interested in learning how to edit in 3d lol ive never tried
  • + 1
 I'm assuming once you convert both files to a single 3D file, you can put it into a regular editing program. I could be wrong though; it could be saved as a weird filetype, but I don't see why it would have to.
  • + 5
 LondonCowan, i hope you have a very powerful computer
  • + 3
 @Corsair, yes, once you convert the files into 3D you can edit the clips in a regular editing software. To learn more check out some of our tutorials: gopro.com/3d-overview
  • + 1
 Cyberlink Powerdirector 9 lets you edit and produce 3D.....great program too Smile
  • + 2
 Saw some of the footage from this at Broadcast Video Expo 2011 in London a few weeks ago. Looked great and it was awesome to see Rampage / AT Showdown at a TV Event. Good luck with it guys!
  • + 2
 just tryed it with the 3d glasses you get in the cinema and it doesnt work ,need the red and green ones i think
  • + 1
 @vengeance - yes, you will need red & blue glasses to watch the video. You can find out more about the various 3D formats here: gopro.com/3d-ways-to-watch-3d
  • + 1
 red and blue? do they work with regular 3-d computer glasses with a shutter system also ?
  • + 1
 One thing you could do would be to edit just one of the stereo channels and then add in the other channel and render with a red-blue or whatever you need (if you have an NLE that supports some sort of 3D mixing)
  • + 2
 i wanna see some chest and helmet mounts. that blows my mind just thinking about it.
  • + 1
 o let me just go buy a 3D computer just so i could watch my 3D footage i took.... Good idea if we all could afford a 3D computer and T.V.
  • + 1
 "If you can't make it good, make it 3D." videos that is. The GoPro product is a great tool.
  • + 1
 nason, we can all afford 3D Glasses. lol
  • + 1
 i would be so sure about that..
  • + 2
 Thank god for the decline 3D issue, I found a pair of 3D glasses
  • + 2
 i love that issue, Keep it in my car for when the road gets shut down and theres time to kill...Ironic that there are more 3d ads than pictures.
  • + 1
 To the right people/riders/filmers these will be a great tool. Here is why:

FULL COLOR 3D IS HERE! Don't worry about the red and blue anaglyphs, 3D TV's are out, getting cheaper and will hopefully be a standard option. These cameras, or any two synchronized cams, will allow 3d editing- currently the left-next-to-right squashed (1/2 width horizontal) format will play on most devices (youtube player, NVIDEA) and SAMSUNG TV's.

Easiest way IMO right now: You shoot your vid, use various programs to make a left-next-right-squashed format ( wmv, mpeg2, mpeg4, xvid) and watch it in full color. Save a 10 mbps L/R squashed HD WMV to a USB drive and plug it into the side of the Samsung TV in the respective USB port. Then use the menu to tell the TV the "source", which is USB and then select 3D and the L/R squashed icon and play in full color. The sales guys at Sears and Best Buy let me do this until I bought my own Samsung. I don't believe Sony nor Panasonic have this USB 3D capability yet.

This is a fantastic way to review memories or add to other 3D shooting techniques that allow you to change the interaxial and focal length.
  • + 1
 anyone with 3d glasses actually look at that demo video? would like to know if the tech works effectively...

is the GoPro editing software the only way to create the 3d image? and like Carsair said...file type? can it be incorporated into other formats?...etc..
  • + 4
 I just watched it with some of those classic red and cyan cardboard ones.

It was pretty cool in parts, like the bit with the skateboarder. In some it just looked like normal video, like most of the AT showdown part.

I found the colours pretty weird, overload of red and it was hard to get into...I dont know if this is just my glasses though?

To be honest I prefer just normal video. I think 3D is way over hyped, sure its cool sometimes but its really not worth the hassle, in my opinion.

Hope that helps?
  • + 3
 Any 3D with red/cyan glasses is pretty poor to be fair (yes I just watched this one) - nothing to do with the GoPro though - it's just as you say the colours are weird, a lot of glare & feels a bit weird when you take them off.

At the moment 3D is over-hyped for sure, but as it gets more prevalent and the way we watch it changes (i.e. polarised/shutter glasses like on 3D TVs) it will be pretty awesome.

Anyway, I really like the way GoPro have achieved this, seems a very sensible way to utilise existing & proven hardware.
  • + 2
 i just tried it on 3d tv with glasses an couldnt really see it even with fiddlin about..
  • + 1
 @stampers - once you convert the files into 3D format in our GoPro Cineform Studio, you can export the files and use many of the most widely used types of editing software to put them together. Check out some of our tutorial videos to learn more: gopro.com/3d-overview

For system requirements check out: www.gopro.com/3d-cineform-studio-system-requirements
  • + 1
 will it work with computers with AMD processors? what's the minimum req?
  • + 1
 I'd rather see GoPro add a laser like the contour for easier setup for angles for riding etc, lCD as std or though they have the attachment now, and better easier on off use and settings use with the casing, plus GPS would be better 3D is cool but would not be the in my list of improvements and maybe even more mounting options for funny shaped and funky bumps in Helmets etc.
  • + 1
 I totally agree. Laser alignment would be #1 on my list. GPS (shows speed, location, elevation,etc.) would be #2. I dont know how many people can afford 2 GoPro Cameras, and a computer with enough juice to edit 3D video anyway.
  • + 1
 Go-pro already has a screen attachment for setting up shots, which is better then a laser imo
  • + 1
 I watched it with a pair of 3D glasses with the clear lenses and couldn't really tell much of a difference. Maybe watching it on a bigger screen would make it more effective.
  • + 1
 The glasses that you steal from the movie theatre dont work on this type of 3D.
  • + 1
 Was not aware there is more than one type of 3D? I tried with a cheap pair as well as a pair of Sony's.
  • + 4
 Had to double check, april 1st is indeed over.
  • + 2
 The chick at the end of the highlight reel is smokin hot, and it looks like at 2:51 the turtle has a little gas bubble.
  • + 4
 sex sells
  • + 1
 hmm, so you can just use two standard cameras, flip one upside down and use a fancy editing system to convert to 3d??? One wonders if this can be done by other cameras....
  • + 2
 anyone know how to get the smooth super slow motion from the hero cam?
  • + 1
 I think you just put it into 60 fps and do the best you can? Theres probably some software out there that improves it too, but chances are its going to be crazy expensive...
  • + 1
 There's a program add-on for Adobe After Effects called Twixtor. It does a phenomenal job for amateur editing.
  • + 1
 Twixtor also is an add on for Final Cut. You can download a free demo to try it out, but it puts a big X across the video. The full version will put you back a good $500 though Frown
  • + 1
 Some people may like 3d but i personally hate it and thinks its a waste of time and money. Just my though on the topic.
  • + 1
 Hmm I used 3D glasses and at some points it worked but at other points it was just horrible for my eyes?
  • + 1
 does anybody know the name of this song? I'm a dubstep fiend...
  • + 1
 to expensive and too bulky. Not worth it.
  • + 1
 could you even fit the 3d mount on a helmet?
  • + 1
 Yes, you can mount the 3D HERO System on helmets, however, for high vibration activities you would need to use TWO adhesive mounts side-by-side to be sure the camera was secure.

You can see a demo of this here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tXAkLEcmIE
  • + 1
 Although seen as a gimmick by many, and to a point it certainly is, adding 3D to some shots could really bring a strong sense of steepness, size, angles, distances, technical difficulty to the terrain, things that are very difficult to truly convey in a 2D representation of the image. Although a gap jump looks big in 2D, when seen in 3D the true size will come across much more, closer to what you would see if you were standing there.

As for editing, once you have combined the 2 streams into one in a side by side grouping and re-output, they can then be edited by pretty much any video editing application like Avid or FCP as one stream of video. Keep in mind re-encoding can degenerate your image quality further. Also try not to move the camera too quickly, or use quick cuts. 3D shots take more time to register completely with the viewer so they can appreciate everything in the image, although quick cutting can be done, it has to be carefully planned.

For viewing, anaglyph (two colours) is pretty much the poor man's 3D. It is not a strong sense of depth and messes up the colours significantly which pisses most people off. If you have a 3D TV or 3D computer screen, render out a side by side video and switch your TV to use this method to display 3d then view using either active (powered) glasses or passive (like theater RealD) glasses.

3D has some really cool things to add to the viewing experience but its not a catch all, there is a place for it to be used where it really shines, other areas it just gets in the way. I just picked up a Gopro and have a friend with one as well, I'll pick up the 3D package to try it out for sure. Videos of my kids in 3D will bring them to life in a much cooler way when I'm older looking back.

Thanks to the Gopro folks for sorting out a truly affordable 3D system for the masses.
  • + 1
 They make an LCD screen that clips to the back of the HD model

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