GoPro Unveils New VR Platform and Rigs

GoPro is riding the virtual reality wave hard, revealing its new VR video platform, alongside its six-camera and sixteen-camera VR rigs. The GoPro VR app – available for free from today on PC, Android, and iOS – is effectively a rebranding of Kolor Eyes, the website and software inherited by GoPro following its acquisition of French VR outfit Kolor. “The platform allows users to experience the immersive world of 360˚ video and transforms users’ screens into a virtual portal, showcasing original content from GoPro and a global community of artists,” according to GoPro.

To make the most of this new VR platform, GoPro has launched two VR camera rigs; one designed to be entry-level, and another aimed at professional photographers and filmmakers. The entry-level model, the Omni (pictured above), features six GoPro HERO4 Black cameras, capable of “over-capture” at 8K resolution, stung together in the shape of a cube, to create 360˚ videos. The Omni is priced at $5,000 and is available for pre-order from today.

The Odyssey (above) – available only through GoPro’s Limited Access Program, the company’s professional-only scheme – sports sixteen HERO4 Black cameras, synchronised down to the pixel, aligned in a carousel. Images shot by the Odyssey are stitched together in Google’s cloud-based Jump Assembler software to construct 8K30, stereoscopic panoramic videos that can then be uploaded to YouTube. Priced at $15,000, the Odyssey is available to film professionals now.

GoPro Unleashes Tiny Hero 4 Session Camera

GoPro have unveiled their latest video camera which adopts a stunningly small form factor. The Hero 4 Session is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than previous Hero products whilst maintaining 1440p 30 fps and 1080p 60 fps recording capabilities. Additionally, the device is up to 10m waterproof and able to capture single photos, Time Lapse photos at set intervals from 0.5 to 60 seconds, and Burst photos at 10 frames per second through an 8MP sensor.

The built-in battery offers approximately 2 hours of record time which should be more than enough to capture memorable moments in extreme environments. Other superb features include a panoramic mode with a cinematic field of view, one touch recording, dual microphones and automatic image rotation. I’m pleased to see the Hero 4 Session support every unique mount out there from headgear to arm tripods which makes it a small but very flexible piece of recording apparatus.

Currently, the product is available for pre-order and should be in stock on the 12th July. However, the MSRP of £329.99 might be a little high to most consumers. There is some added value through the editing package which allows you to make professional content without relying on 3rd party software. The Hero 4 Session encourages sharing creations over social networks. This can be done directly on the device through the integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

While the compact size is magnificent and incredibly useful to record fast motion video, I’m not sure if the camera will have a widespread appeal.

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EE Unveil Action Camera with Built-In 4G

At a small event this morning in London, the UK’s largest mobile service provider EE unveiled the next stage of their “Connected Vison” plan. The 4GEE action camera.

It is essentially a GoPro camera, but has built-in 3g and 4g connectivity so you can stream your crazy videos direct from your device. You will be able to add it to your monthly plan for £10 per month and will be available from Jue 16th. So what are the specs?

  • 13-megapixel sensor
  • Can record at 1080p @ 30 FPS, 720p @ 60 FPS, 480p @ 120 FPS,
  • Still image capture resolution :(4288×3216).
  • Live streaming is limited to 720p @ 30 FPS.
  • F/2.8 lens
  • 4GB internal memory
  • SD Card Slot
  • 2260mAh internal battery

Streaming of the video will be done via EE’s own video streaming platform, Skeegle. This then uses permission from Facebook to decide who can view your streams. It will ship with several accessories. Once of which will be a Viewfinder Watch (for setting up your shot), an underwater enclosure that’s good at depths up to 60 meters and also an adapter to allow you to mount it on GoPro tripods and other accessories.

All this 4g streaming talk makes me wonder about data usage and caps. One hour of streaming will use around 1GB of data, EE charge roughly £30 for 5GB of data per month. You could buy the camera outright (£400) and then you get 2gb of data per month, for the year. You’ll also be able to get the camera on contract, with a £50 one off charge, then £15 per month after for 2GB of data allowance. Pretty tight eh?!

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GoPro’s Latest En-devour VR And Drones

Whenever drones are discussed GoPro is always mentioned, GoPro cameras have become the standard accompaniment to most of our flying marvels, capturing photos and video from different perspectives. With this accomplishment, GoPro now has its eyes set on the realm of virtual reality and drone development.

At Code Conference on Wednesday, Nick Woodman GoPro’s CEO confirmed rumors of the company’s journey into drone development, whilst keeping details to a minimum, he stated that the intended launch would be in the first half of 2016 with consumers being the target audience.

He also showcased the Six Camera Spherical Array, a multi-directional mount housing six Hero4 cameras. These cameras capture hi-res photos and video in all directions, the captured photos and video can then be sewn together with Kolor to create a 6K spherical image.

This video can then be viewed on virtual reality headsets like Oculus and Microsoft Hololens it can also be viewed on a PC or Smartphone using YouTube 360 or the Kolor app. No price was given for the Six Camera Spherical Array though its expected to be released in the second half of this year. The Six Camera Spherical Array’s more of a Professional to Prosumer toy, though if your interested in purchasing one I’d suggest keeping your eyes on GoPro’s website might pop up when you least expect it.

Here’s a video of it in action:

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Coachella and Lollapalooza Ban Selfie Sticks

As a way to help the rest of the public that do not carry around selfie sticks enjoy the events both Coachella and Lollapalooza have banned the devices. This comes on the heels of other music venues banning the devices as well as major museums and the Premier League football stadiums.

This move should hopefully make it a lot less annoying when watching your favorite acts at the festivals. Lollapalooza rules state that no “GoPro attachments like sticks, selfies sticks, and monopods” are allowed. From Coachella’s website it states that “selfie sticks / narsisstics” are not allowed in. For those that loathe the selfie sticks, they can only hope that this is the start of a broader adoption of selfie stick bans.

Source: Engadget

Apple Patent Causes GoPro Shares to Fall 15%

Apple applies for a lot of patents. There’s an endless list of patents associated with the company, with a significant number of them never really representing a future product. So it’s quite hilarious when the stock market gets into a panic over them.

That’s just happened for GoPro. Their share price fell by 15% just after news that Apple had filed for a patent of a product that would rival the successful GoPro cameras. The traders caught glimpse of the story (one so insignificant we didn’t bother writing about it) and got into a panic. Their dumping of GoPro stock set alarm bells ringing on the trading floor. But why? This wasn’t even a patent created by Apple – it was one of the many they acquired from Kodak!

This story more than most highlights the lack of knowledge many investors have. Not even Apple is safe when it comes to this sort of thing – for a good year or so, Apple’s shares went off their usual continuous climb simply because the company didn’t introduce any new product lines. Even though sales and revenues were still going through the roof and the company’s products yielded excellent perceptions from customers and journalists alike, investors believed Apple was doomed just because it wasn’t introducing a new line each week like Samsung.

So this poses a lesson for Wall Street – understand the stock you’re investing in. Don’t listen to hearsay.

Source: 9to5Mac

360-Degree Video Support Coming to YouTube ‘Soon’

YouTube supports a whole host of video formats, from Standard Definition, to 720p, 1080p, 3D and now of course 4k. But Google’s ever popular video streaming website doesn’t want to stop there – 360-degree video is coming soon.

YouTube says that they are “working to support 360-degree videos in the coming weeks.” 360 videos have started appearing all over the Internet, thanks to products like the full HD Giroptic 360cam being made available to consumers. YouTube however has seemingly lagged behind in offering support for this new technology, but that will be a thing of the past very soon.

That camera in particular is of note, as they say their camera will be one of the first to be supported by YouTube, no doubt helping the popularity of the product grow. The manufacturer hopes that its camera will be utilised in many of the ways the popular GoPro cameras have, producing a ton of viral videos.

Source: The Next Web

HTC ‘Inhaler’ Camera Set for Update

HTC’s RE camera, is due for an update despite only being on sale for a month.

The small tubular device was positioned as a competitor to the insanely popular GoPro, being targeted at those looking for a rugged camera suitable for extreme sports and other similar activities. HTC have yet to release sales figures, but we do know that initial impressions weren’t too kind towards its slightly odd design, a design often likened to an inhaler.

HTC’s North Asia president Jack Tong told Focus Taiwan that a new standalone model would arrive next year, probably bringing something in the way of a viewfinder, since currently you can’t see what you took on the device if it’s not connected to a phone.

As Engadget points out, the focus upon products like this highlights HTC’s intentions to have a greater emphasis towards devices outside their usual line-up of smartphones and tablets, a business that has been in decline for the company.

I wonder what the next one will look like? A shoe horn perhaps?

Source: Focus Taiwan Via: Endgaget

Watch: Drone Flight Over Chernobyl

Cameraman Danny Cooke, working on a report for CBS News, has shared this amazing montage of footage largely taken with a drone, from the devastated town of Pripyat – the site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station Disaster.

Cooke managed to capture the radiation riddled ruins of Pripyat in a way like no-one else before him, using his DJI Phantom drone with a GoPro Hero 3+.

“Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had and effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of locals who evacuated.” – Danny Cooke.

Source: Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl 

GoPro Plans to Make Drones

GoPro is reportedly planning to introduce a line of consumer drones.

The Wall Street Journal says that the company, famous for its line of rugged High Definition cameras, will introduce its own drones next year. They say the drones will cost between $500 and $1000.

They say the move to sell drones is in response to a wave of competition to GoPro’s products from a number of companies including Sony and HTC. As a notable example, HTC recently introduced its RE Camera, a rugged, viewfinder-less camera that’s designed to be used for the same purposes as the GoPro. Although, that product may not fare too well considering its inhaler-like appearance.

The Journal also points out that it’s not just about cameras themselves – a number of drone manufacturers who previously provided special attachments for the use of a GoPro, are now including their own high definition cameras. This is most evident with the DJI Phantom, a drone which was often paired with a GoPro by its users, but its successor, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision, includes its own camera.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

HARDCORE, the FPS Styled Movie Hits Indiegogo, Needs Your Financing Help

Do you remember that awesome first person account of a businessman stealing a magical transporting orb whilst racking up a Rambo-esque body-count in the process? Well, ‘Biting Elbows‘ are looking to take their captivating first person style of footage up a notch, pledging an Indiegogo Campaign to raise funding for a full movie release.

First making it big back in early 2013, Biting Elbows released their music video elegantly titled “Bad Motherf****” (censored) to a massive reception of over 24 million hits on YouTube. This video followed their original release of “The Stampede” which has seen them tick over 5.2 million hits since its release in late 2011. These videos are apparently based on their experience with FPS video games, trying to take Call of Duty cut scenes to the next level.

In their latest project, there is no bloodshed saved – once again going all out in the ‘over the top’ gore, blood and guts side that we’ve come to expect from video games of today, with a very ‘shoot ’em up’ style feeling to the whole production. They’ve enlisted the help of District 9 star Sharlto Copley as the main sidekick of the ‘hero’, who you can see dressed up as an overly pommy escort in the video linked below.

Currently their pledge is sitting at a cool $87k USD raised of a $250k goal – which is said to be by the makers as their absolute minimum to be able to complete the project. As with most of these projects, you’re rewarded for your support. A small $1 donation will get your name on their “Bullet-in Board” which will be seen blown up on camera, whereas a $25 donation will snag you a digital download of the final film. If you’re feeling a little more generous, there are rewards all the way up to those who are willing to commit $25,000 USD to the project – seeing their name up in lights as an executive producer.

If you’re looking to help a little more and possibly be rewarded, they’re also giving away one action face rig per week to people who share their Indiegogo campaign on twitter. Bane has never looked so good.

If you’d like to donate to their campaign, please head to this page – or you can head here to check out their other works on YouTube. But, without further adieu, here’s the official trailer.

Image courtesy of Indiegogo

Microsoft Research Reveals Incredible Hyperlapse Video Technology

GoPro and other popular first-person video equipment has given us many unique looks into our world, allow us to see what others see like never before. The only downside is that the cameras are mounted on people running, jumping, climbing and quite often the camera suffers a lot of shaking, making the footage a little rough around the edges.

Microsoft Research think they have the answer, and their new Hyperlapse technique uses some incredible software calculations to turn that shaky footage into one smooth motion through an event and the end result is unlike any other time lapse footage I’ve ever seen.

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By usinging a 3D representation of the video’s path, moving the camera around in a virtual environment to find the optimal spot, then linking those spots together, the teams software completely re-tools the source video and it’s certainly a lot more advanced that the image stabilization we see on YouTube videos.

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Image courtesy of VB.

Action Camera Maker GoPro Inc. Report Big Losses

The action camera maker GoPro Inc. reports a big quarterly loss as costs nearly doubled during that time. The popular cameras are used by surfers, stunt drivers, skydivers and many more action junkies to record and share their exploits on-line.

GoPro shares fell 11 pct to $42.70 in extended trading after its first financial results since its initial public offering in June. The net loss attributable to the stockholders grew to $19.8 million, or 24 cents per share from the previous $5 million, or 6 cents. Excluding items, GoPro earned 8 cents per share.

The company is expecting a seasonally stronger second half. CFO Jack Lazar forecast earnings of 6-8 cents per share in the current quarter and a revenue of $255 million.

This is higher than the $244.6 million revenue reported in the second quarter, but that 38 percent jump in sales was offset by operating expenses of $119.5 million, almost double of the previous year. They are expecting them to drop back to between $92.5 million and $95 million in the current quarter, Lazar told analysts.

On Thursday stock closing, GoPro shares had doubled from its IPO price to $46.32.

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Meet Gary, the GoPro Wearing Goat

GoPro cameras have been strapped to all kinds of crazy things in recent years; gliders, rockets, skydivers, race car drivers, skateboards, guitars and more, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen one strapped to the back of a goat.

The Goat duct-tape GoPro hybrid, or GoatPro for those who like snappier meme friendly names shows us the adventures of Gary the goat as he goes on his jolly adventures with his owner Jimbo Bazoobi of Western Australia.

The videos have quickly become an internet sensation and Gary is seen in his latest videos enjoy a hot spring in Mataranka, all shot in first person thanks to the GoPro fitted to his horns.

With over 700,000 Facebook fans this goat is one of the more unique internet celebrities of the year, but you only came here for the videos anyway, so enjoy!

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Superman + GoPro Makes For One Epic Video

GoPro have been used for some pretty epic stunts in the past, we’ve seen them strapped to sky divers, or even more awesome, Felix Baumgartner when he did his jump. They’ve been attached to cars, bikes, jets, you name it! However, there are few GoPro tricks in this world that can top the video below.

Superman gets his camera and takes off for a fly around the city, fights some bad guys, save the hot girl and then was obviously nice enough to upload it to YouTube, awesome.

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Yeah ok, we know that’s not the real superman! The trick was done using a superb GoPro camera strapped to a very cool quadrocopter, add a few camera tricks and some CGI arms and you’ve got a nice little video to keep us all entertained.

If you want to see how it was done, check out the behind the scenes video below.

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GoPro Dropped From Plane Survives, Keeps Filming All The Way Down

Dropping your camera from an plane isn’t exactly something you want to do on purpose, but that’s exactly what one owner did who was filming while the plane was making its accent. The camera tumbled violently to the ground from a height of hundreds of feet, filming it’s nauseating spin all the way down until it hit the Earth, ouch.

But that’s not all! The camera actually survived the impact! And it may have something to do with the muddy ground it landed on, where it immediately began filming an amusing surprise.

The camera wasn’t even recovered by the original user, it was found eight months after it was dropped, most likely by a local farmer.

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GoPro Release GoPro Hero2 Footage Of 2012 Baumgartner Jump

On October 14th 2012, Felix Baumgartner set a new world record for highest ever skydive. I remember sitting there and watching the whole thing live as the whole event unfolded, in what was likely one of the most incredible stunts I will ever see in my lifetime.

Just over a year after the original jump, you can finally watch the Baumgartner stratosphere jump from the first-person view point, just we warned that it can be a little nauseating on full screen at some points, but also rather beautiful at others.

When he jumped to Earth he left his balloon at an altitude of 39 km, he maxed out at an impressive 1357.64 km/h (Mach 1.25) and that made him the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power. He survived a spin that could have ended up costing him his life to safely parachute safely back to earth a few minutes later.

GoPro documented the jump with seven HERO2 cameras and have only just published the 8-minute video clip that we have below, and with an 11MP image sensor, low-light capability and 120fps recording the film looks absolutely stunning.

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GoPro Sends a DMCA Takedown Notice to DigitalRev Over Images Used In The Review

DigitalRev removed the review of GoPro Hero 3 and replaced it with the text of a DMCA takedown notice that they’ve received from GoPro. DigitalRev also tweeted a message ‘@GoPro is bullying us with DMCA. We’ll have to remove this article soon”. This created an unwanted attention towards GoPro almost instantaneously.

DigitalRev is a blog/photography store/Youtube channel/photo sharing social network community which made a review of GoPro and compared it with Sony HDR-AS15. But they claimed a foul over GoPro as the company claims that DigitalRev illegally used the trademarks “GoPro” and “Hero”. Tweets started pouring in by angry fans and non DigitalRev fans alike, promising that they’ll never buy a GoPro product.

These messages also ended up in relevant sub-Reddit sections as well.

But GoPro quickly clarified (or tried to) that they weren’t trying to take down the review- which showed the product in a positive light. The problem is that the company didn’t want them to use the images that they’ve put up on the e-commerce part of  the website, which doesn’t really make sense for many.

GoPro posted a reply on Reddit:

The letter that was posted next to the review on DigitalRev was not sent in response to the review. Obviously, we welcome editorial reviews of our products. This letter was sent because DigitalRev is not an authorized reseller of GoPro products and they were using images and had incorrect branding and representation of our product in their online commerce store. As part of our program – we ask merchants who are selling our product to use authorized images. That is why DigitalRev was contacted. But – our letter did not clearly communicate this and that is something we will correct.

It didn’t explain why was the review was asked to be taken down via a DMCA notice rather than simply asking to correct the image on the e-commerce part of the site using a friendly email?

GoPro tried to do damage control by posting their links that expressed their detailed clarification on Reddit, although (and as expected) turned out to be a futile attempt. The company even replied to tweets of many angry commenters:

Whatever the case, its obvious that reviewers will take photos of products as we fit to show the device to its readers and not just use media shots all the time.

DigitalRev stated that its most likely because GoPro didn’t like to be compared with Sony AS15 and implied that the DMCA takedown is an excuse to make sure the comparative review was removed. They mentioned:

It appears that our friend at San Mateo doesn’t like us comparing their latest product to the Sony AS15. Earlier today we have received a DMCA take down notice from GoPro for mentioning their trademarks “GoPro” and “Hero” without their authorisation. They say “you learn something new everyday”, and this is clearly an eye-opener for us here. It appears that we’ll need their authorisation to review their products.

While GoPro tried to link the e-commerce part of DigitalRev and sidebar pictures and the actual content, it shows that throwing the DMCA notice as a weapon to product your brand to “protect” it can do more harm than good (if there was any good at all in the first place). Hopefully, GoPro’s lawyers will go easy before they start tossing around DMCA takedown notices unless they want their client’s brand look bad.

Via: Techcrunch