3D has clearly taken the consumer electronics universe by storm, and while the jury is still out on whether or not it's a fad that'll become a lasting trend, there's no question that companies are jumping onboard the bandwagon. GoPro is no different; they're best known for creating head-mountable cameras, and now they're adding something special to their popular 1080p camera headset: 3D!
The 3D HERO system is an add-on module for existing 1080p HD owners, where they can strap two 1080p HD HERO cameras together to form a single 1080p 3D camera. The company claims that this setup makes the smallest and least expensive 1080p 3D camera, and we can't really argue that. It's also waterproof up to 180 feet, and it can be worn on one's head, body or on gear/vehicles. 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.
The 3D HERO System housing is only 5 inches (130mm) in length and 2.5 inches high (62mm), and it costs just $99.99. Of course, GoPro’s 1080p HD HERO cameras are not included with the 3D HERO System and are sold separately, starting at $259.99 per camera. Still, this sounds like an awesome way to grab those waves you'll catch this summer in 3D; just make sure you own a 3D TV to enjoy them!
GoPro Launches 3D HERO® System; World’s Smallest 1080p 3D Camera. Professional Quality at a Consumer Price
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. /PRNewswire/ — 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.
“The 3D HERO System is exciting for a lot of reasons, one of them being that it’s not just a 3D camera. It’s really several cameras in one, depending on how the consumer wants to use it,” says Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “That you can take two GoPro cameras that you would normally use independently and combined them to form a new type of camera, a 3D camera…that’s extremely cool. GoPro is excited to be the first company to build a camera this versatile.”
“In addition to being a top selling consumer camera, the HD HERO camera is used by more professional production crews in the broadcast and film industry than any other camera in its class,” adds Woodman. “We expect the 3D HERO System to further establish the HD HERO as one of the most versatile cameras in the world.”
The 3D HERO System housing is only 5 inches (130mm) in length and 2.5 inches high (62mm) and is compatible with existing GoPro mounting accessories.
The 3D HERO System includes:
* 3D HERO Waterproof Housing
* 3D HERO Synchronization Cable
* Skeleton Door (allows for optimal sound capture in dry environments)
* 3 Pairs of 3D Anaglyph (Red/Blue) Glasses
* Helmet Front Mount
* 2 Flat and 2 Curved Adhesive Mounts
* Free Download: GoPro CineForm Studio 3D editing software
GoPro’s 1080p HD HERO cameras are not included with the 3D HERO System and are sold separately, starting at $259.99 per camera.
GoPro CineForm Studio™: 3D Content Creation Made Easy
Included as a free software download from gopro.com, GoPro’s CineForm Studio software makes it easy to create, watch and share your 3D photos and videos. Mac and PC compatible, CineForm Studio combines the 2D photos and videos captured with the 3D HERO System and converts them into 3D H.264 files that you can watch on your computer, online at YouTube, and on your 2D or 3D television at home.
Announced on March 30, GoPro acquired CineForm, a leading video compression software company famous in the film and broadcast industry for their high quality compression and editing applications. GoPro’s CineForm Studio software is a direct extension of CineForm’s award winning professional applications and puts the power of Hollywood-caliber 2D and 3D editing in the hands of consumers.