The GoPro 3D Hero system for shooting in stereo 3D with a pair of GoPro HD Hero2 cameras was a very nice product to allow wider audience of non professionals to shoot 3D video on a low budget and with compact action cameras that they may already have and are used to shoot with. Unfortunately with the release of the new and improved HD Hero3 cameras (both in terms of functionality and in size) neither the 3D Hero enclosure, nor the camera synchronization cable works with the new model. You can however modify the 3D Hero enclosure to fit the new smaller GoPro HD Hero3 cameras inside as Fon Davis has show in the video tutorial embedded above that he has shared with us. Of course after the modification the cameras inside the enclosure won’t be as protected as a pair of HD Hero2 cameras would, but at east you will be able to use the enclosure with both cameras secured tightly for shooting in 3D. As for the synchronization of the two cameras, the new HD Hero3 cameras come with built-in WiFi functionality and you can use a remote to trigger them. According to Fon Davis’ experiments the achieved synchronization is not worse than what can be done with two Hero2 cameras and using the cable adapter to sync them.
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October 18th, 2012 · 16 Comments · Shooting in 3D
GoPro has just announced their new lineup of compact action camera named HD HERO3 as the successor of the previous HERO2 series. The new series consists of three models with different specifications and features, targeted respectively for different users – consumer, prosummer and professional as GoPro describes them in the form of White, Silver and Black editions of the HD HERO3 camera. The most interesting development here is that the Wi-Fi support is now a built-in feature for all HD HERO3 cameras, though you’d still need a WiFi remote for the White and Silver versions as only the Black one comes with one in the package.
The specifications of the GoPro HERO3 White edition kind of remind to the ones that the original HD HERO camera had – 5MP photos and up to 1080p 30 fps video, but in the new HERO3 package, so you should still get a better quality. The White edition will not have support for the Protune software that was recently announced for the current range of HERO2 cameras and can record video with a bitrate of up to 15Mbps. The camera is expected to be available on the market starting October 22nd with a recommended price of $199 USD.
The GoPro HD HERO3 Silver edition seems a lot like the HERO2 camera in terms of specifications: 11MP photos, 1080p video with up to 35Mbps using Protune, 120fps mode at WVGA resolution. So until there are some comparisons between the original HD HERO2 and the HD HERO3 Silver edition you might want to stay put with the upgrades if you already use HERO2 camera(s). Though you get the Wi-Fi module built in as an extra and that can be handy, although you’d still have to buy a wireless remote. The HD HERO3 Silver edition is also expected on the market starting October 22nd with a price of $299 USD, the same as the HERO2 cameras.
The GoPro HD HERO3 Black edition is what seems to be the most interesting new addition in the HD HERO3 product lineup as it comes with the most extra features as compared to what HD HERO2 cameras already offer. The Black edition also comes with built-in Wi-Fi module and there is a remote in the package, but that is not the most interesting here. With the HD HERO3 Black edition you are apparently getting new sharper lens compared to the other two HERO3 action cameras, the resolution of the sensor is 12Mp, so up to 12 Megapixel photos and you can record up to 4K video, there is support for Protune and the maximum bitrate has been increased to 45Mbps, along with some extra features such as simultaneous photo and video recording. So everything here seems to be intended for providing better image quality and more functionality at the fingertips of the users that are interested in using GoPro HD HERO3 Black edition cameras for more professional tasks. The HD HERO3 Black edition is expected on the market starting November 14thwith a price of $399 USD, so we’ll have to wait a bit more for that one to become available.
Now, regarding the 4K resolution support, though a lot of focus is being put on it, it is actually not that important and for that matter useful, considering that you have a more limited framerate when recording at 4K – 3840×2160 at 15 fps or 4096×2160 at 12fps (available only in Protune mode). On the other hand the 2.7K resolution that is also supported offers 25/30 fps at 2716×1524 or 24 fps at 2716×1440 is actually way more interesting and useful because of the normal framerates supported here (enough room for corrections and you can still get 1080p final output in 2D or 3D). Moving to the probably most used resolution, the 1080p now you have support for up to 60 fps which is a good improvement, and you can also use 48, 30, 25 or 24 fps. There is also support for a 1920×1440 mode at up to 48 fps, but that doesn’t seem that interesting, unlike for example the lower 960p resolution (1280×960) in which you can record at either 100 fps or 48 fps. Going further down the resolution to 720p you get up to 120 fps and at WVGA (848×480) the framerate is up at 240 fps, so definitely an improvement for high-speed action recording as well as for high-resolution. Mind you you’ll also need MicroSD Class 10 flash card or higher (up to 64GB supported) for using the higher bitrate and resolutions.
And now comes the most important part, will the new GoPro HD HERO3 cameras offer support for stereoscopic 3D video recording? There is still absolutely no word on compatibility between the HERO3 cameras and the 3D HERO accessory, but there is no reason for them not to be compatible allowing you to record stereo 3D video with the new models like you can do with the older HD HERO cameras. GoPro says that the new HD HERO3 action cameras should be compatible with all GoPro mounts and accessories, so that should include the 3D HERO as well, though it is possible that we might have to wait for a firmware update. I simply can’t wait to see some stereo 3D demo footage from two GoPro HD HERO3 Black edition cameras coupled with a GoPro 3D HERO in both the new higher resolutions as well as the lower ones with even higher fps…
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September 17th, 2012 · 12 Comments · Shooting in 3D
Taking 3D photos is not that hard anymore, but sharing them with people that don’t have a 3D-capable display device is still a bit of a problem and the easiest ways to ensure that they can see the photo in 3D is to have them printed. Of course printing a 3D photo is not as easy as with a 2D photo and is more expensive, but the results can also be more impressive and it certainly makes a nice gift for someone, especially if the photos are from some kind of an event like a birthday, wedding, anniversary etc. The question here is where and how to get your 3D photos printed as it turns out that there are not that many places where you can easily have your pictures printed in 3D. One of these places is Snapily, and I’ve already mentioned their Snapily3D app for iOS devices as well as their lenticular 3D printing services here on the blog. Now it is time to share my personal experience printing some 3D photos with Snapily them and having them delivered outside of the USA.
Snapily’s order process is very simple and easy, you just register at their website and start uploading the 3D photos, no need to edit them prior to uploading them, unless you want to do some adjustment of course. YOu upload one photo at a time, then you see a wiggle preview, select the photo size (4″x6″, 5″x7″ or 6″x9″) and the number of copies you want from each photo. Snapily is based in the USA, but they deliver prints in the whole world, it just takes a bit more time for them to be delivered, so if you want to make a present with 3D photo prints don’t wait for the last moment to order them. It took about to weeks for the printing and delivery of my 3D photos from UsA to Europe, though you may get them faster. The 3D photo prints were very well packed in a special package to keep them from bending and arrived in perfect condition with an extra paper envelope for each photo contained in the package in order to have them stored properly to keep them from being damaged. Lenticular prints are ticker than normal photos and you need to be careful not to scratch the plastic lenses on top of the actual print that are creating the 3D effect without the need to wear special glasses as this can make them unusable. Now regarding the print and the 3D effect, the resolution you get is a lower than that of a 2D photo, so very fine details may not be very clear and the photos may not be very sharp, seeming blurrier than what you see when reviewing the photos on a 3D monitor for example. The light and distance you view the 3D photo prints from are also very important for getting the best possible experience – you need to look at them in a well lit environment and not put them in your face, but instead hold them at a distance similar to the one you hold a book when you are reading. Also have in mind that not all 3D photos may look as good as on a 3D display when printed in 3D, though some might look more impressive on lenticular print. Just a piece of advice, don’t print multiple copies of a 3D photo you are not sure will look as you expect it printed in 3D, start with a single copy and if it is Ok then you can order more copies for it.