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Google Jump and Go Pro introduce Odyssey 360 camera

The stereoscopic panoramic capture rig created to take your audience on inredible joyrneys. You can check out the video created by the camera below.

The quality and stiching is great, but unfortunately we get blind spots at the top and bottom! This seems a little bit dissapointing considering the camera’s price tag and  what companies are behind the project like GoPro and Google.

Odyssey is available in a limited access program. You will need to sign up in oder to purchase the camera. It has a $15.000 price tag and is targeted to producers and professionals.

KEY FEATURES

STEREOSCOPIC PANORAMIC CAPTURE Records immersive 360˚ 3D video with unrivaled depth perspective for realistic playback on VR devices.
HIGH-RESOLUTION RENDER Jump assembler technology results in incredibly realistic video capture of up to 8K30.
SYNCHRONIZED RIG All 16 HERO4 cameras are synced down to the pixel level to function as one camera.
EXTENDED POWER Ideal for longer recording times and additional power supply in remote locations.
RUGGED ALL-IN-ONE HOUSING Designed to withstand the rigors of professional use.

 

ODYSSEY TECHNICAL SPECS
SIZE + WEIGHT

Dimensions: 294.6mm x 65.8mm

Weight: 6.57kg (14.5lbs)

VIDEO RESOLUTIONS

2.7K 4:3

30 NTSC frames per second, 25 PAL frames per second

Output resolutions (via Jump)

2kx2k over under panoramic MPEG4 video with a bit rate of 150Mbit/s

8kx8k over under panoramic MPEG4 video with a bit rate of 600Mbit/s

VIDEO FORMAT

h.264 codec, .mp4 file format (after stitch)

POWER

16 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (rated at 1160mAh, 3.8V, 4.4Wh) 1

Support for external power(AC/DC) via XLR connector

AUDIO

16 internal microphones: Mono

External microphone support: Stereo supported with 3.5mm Mic Adapter 2 (Zoom H2N external recorder kit included)

 

What do you get in the box?

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To learn more & sign up head to gopro.com/odyssey

Purple Pill VR releases opensource 3D printed mono & steroscopic gopro rig

Great news for makers with 3D printers! Purple Pill VR just released a opensource 3D printed 360 camera that you can 3D print on your 3D printer. Its 3D everywhere now!

Rig Specs based on GoPro 4

  • 16 cams @ 1440p
  • Up to 120 frames per second
  • True stereoscopic 3D
  • 360° x 270° panoramic image
  • 4k Ultra HD output resolution
  • Powered through mains/car battery
  • Wired camera remote
  • Active + passive cooling
  • Single cable file export
  • Custom file management software

For more information and 3D model downloads visit Purplepillvr.com

Powerfull all-in-one 3D camera by WeMakeVR

We added a interesting new camera to our 360 camera list called WeMakeVR-Falcon. 

Some tech-specs: 

FPS: 60 and 80fps

Viewing angle:360-degree horizontal, 360-degree vertical, so fully upwards and downwards view, without a blind-spot

3D/stereo tech: Native stereoscopic 3D filming, no post-conversion

Resolution: 5500×2750

Power: On-board power-management for longer recording times.

The setups WeMakeVR uses during shoots vary; they got specific setups for filming inside cars, for high, elevated shots, for small, intimate scenes, for crowd-shots, etc. Again, depending on the needs of a specific project we either develop new solutions that we can later use for other projects, or they create one-off solutions if really needed.

WeMakeVR is a pioneering VRX-company (Virtual Reality Experience) that created a stereoscopic camera system and post-production workflow for VR-experiences. This enables us to produce groundbreaking filmed stereoscopic 3D VR experiences with full, unobstructed 360-degree horzontal view, 360-degrees vertical view, and all in stereoscopic 3D imageing.

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Hacking the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera to get better quality

The Xiaomi Yi action camera was introduced in early 2015. It is similar in many respects to some of the popular GoPro cameras, but costs considerably less (about $70 as of August 2015). Unlike many of the cheap GoPro competitors, the Xioami Yi has an excellent sensor (16 megapixel Sony Exmor R BSI CMOS) and processor (Ambarella A7LS), and is capable of producing excellent images and video. Unfortunately, straight out of the box, its performance isn’t nearly as good as it could be. 

This page has more information on how to Hack the Xiaomi Yi Action

3D 360 Production ready camera by PanoptikonVR

PanoptikonVR released a interesting video showing the workflow needed to shoot immersive 360 video content. They teamed up with a company who helped them build the rig. Erik Caretta the VFX Supervisor on the project claims “it is nothing too complex”. All the files are synchronized, aligned and stiched using software they have developed. The video has to be processed manually and they claim that this get better quality video then automatic solutions. The result is a stereo 3D 360 panorama video.

The rig uses GoPro cameras linked together for syncing. All the cameras are charged by USB hubs. The rig has a fan blowing cool air that helps keep the cameras from getting hot. They claim that a new form of film making is upon us. Stay tuned.

Xiaomi Yi Action Sport camera 3D 360 rig

Recently on reddit user thewiseal shared his experience building a 360 camera on a budget! We all know that getting a bunch of GoPro’s is very costly. His rig is based on Xiaomi Yi Cameras and seems to be working quite well. Take a look at the footage he was able to capture:

Some information about the camera rig (post taken from reddit):

I use 18 Xiaomi Yi cameras shooting 1600×1200 @ 60fps.
12 cameras are arranged in a hexagonal configuration, in pairs of 2 separated by 55mm. The other 6 cameras are arranged in triangular configuration, 3 capturing zenith and 3 capturing nadir. I use this configuration to get a much better 3D effect at the zenith than with 2 cameras, and it also helps with nadir patching. The rig itself is an Adobe Illustrator file that I 3D printed for $20. I’ll be uploading the file along with my comprehensive guide.

Here you can download the 3D 360 version of the footage. You can view this best on a Oculus DK2 using Live View Rift.

You can learn more about this project at VRColony.net

3D Printed 360 3D Camera Rig model

Its here! I’m releasing it to the public so more people can try out the rig and see te results.

 

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Project is currently documented on http://360cameraonline.com/

360 video currently is a hard thing to pull of and requires investing in multiple cameras. This concept saves a lot of money considering its using mobius camera instead of expensive GoPro’s (most 360 3D printed rigs are based on GoPro).

3D Printing a camera rig saves a lot of time, and its super hard to manually make this rig so that each lens is exactly at a 51 degree. The rig enables to shoot panoramic 360 3D footage. Lenses are rotated horizontaly for greater field of view.

Based on Jim Watters design 
Prints fine on a standard 20mm x 20mm build plate.

Instructions

Print stil files.
Buy 14 cheap mobius cameras with wide Lens B + 14 exenstion cables for lens seperation the body of the cameras are out of the way – more compact camera
Put everything together
Add one or two GoPro for top view strap with rubber bands
Figure out a way to start recording all at the same time or use Mobius continuous recording. After 5 minutes of run time all the footage should be in sync. If anyone has an idea how to do this by arduino or any other way let me know!
Enjoy! 🙂

Read more about syncing the cameras using arduino experiments.

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Download model from Thingiverse