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GoPro 3D HERO 1080p 3D Video Recording System is Now Available

April 6th, 2011 · 13 Comments · Shooting in 3D

GoPro has officially released their 3D HERO System, a waterproof 3D expansion kit for their compact 1080p HD HERO cameras that allows you to pair two of these cameras and record 1080p 3D action video. The GoPro 3D HERO System is already shipping with a price of $99.99 USD, but have in mind that this is the price only for the 3D enclosure, you will still need to have two 1080p GoPro HD HERO cameras to use it as these are not included.

The GoPro 3D HERO housing is made from strong polycarbonate and is waterproof up to 180 feet (around 55 meters), so you should not worry what and where you are shooting your next action 3D videos as water won’t be a problem and neither you should worry about damaging the cameras. The kit comes with a synchronization cable to connect the two cameras, but prior using it you will need to update the firmware of your two cameras. This cable should ensure perfect synchronization between the two 1080p cameras, because a single shutter button controls both cameras. Just have in mind that the older and smaller in resolution GoPro cameras are not compatible with the GoPro 3D HERO. You also get different mounts to ease you in the attachment of the 3D camera system to different surfaces and 3 pairs of anaglyph glasses to view the content you’ve shot even if you don’t have any more specialized 3D-capable hardware.

You also get a software for importing the two separate video streams from the two 1080p cameras and building the 3D video file out of them, the software is GoPro Cineform Studio. Interestingly enough GoPro acquired the company Cineform not too long ago, so it is pretty normal to have the technology developed by Cineform becoming a part of the tools you get with your GoPro 3D HERO system. Of course the GoPro Cineform Studio software you get won’t be as powerful as some of the more advanced 3D tools that Cineform offers separately, but it should be enough for your basic 3D video needs. And you can always export the video and then further edit it in a more powerful video editing software with support for 3D video such as the latest Sony Vegas.

If you get your hands on the 3D HERO System and do some 3D video recording with it and a pair of 1080p cameras you are welcome to share your feedback below as well as some example 3D videos you’ve recorded.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bloody // Apr 6, 2011 at 12:53

    You can download and try the Cineform Studio software from the GoPro website, even without having the GoPro 3D Hero. It is quite similar to the other 3D plugins that Cineform has, but this one is just more stripped down version, offering less adjustment features and supporting less file formats. Still it should be enough for your most basic needs with the GoPro 3D Hero system, and after that if you need to edit the exported video, you should do it in an external software.

  • 2 Max // Apr 6, 2011 at 13:12


    ” a single shutter button controls both cameras. ”

    For perfect syncro this is enough?
    I don’t think so. What’s with the 1/60 sec difference?
    This is lucky. It depends on the power on time of the cameras.

    In sport there are many fast moving action..

  • 3 rach (the frenchy) // Apr 6, 2011 at 19:36

    @ Max :
    There is a sync câble for perfect synchro ;)
    Take a look at the official website !

  • 4 Max // Apr 6, 2011 at 21:22

    Sync cable only for shutter button, or
    can the actual cmos reading be in syncro?

  • 5 Max // Apr 7, 2011 at 00:25

    the demo videos are in sync enough, great!

  • 6 Chris Knight // Apr 7, 2011 at 04:46

    Any idea what the stereo separation is? Looks kinda small. Still it is nice that they have a cable and software to support 3D, you could use two heros on mounts and adjust your stereo sep how you like.

  • 7 Max // Apr 7, 2011 at 07:56

    The short interaxial exactly what i like :)
    My camcorder setup use 7-8cm base, and it often
    produce too much parallax. When gopro is about 4-5cm
    then is open a lot of possibilities!

  • 8 Max // Apr 7, 2011 at 11:07

    I watched yesterday midnight on a 2,5m wide screen with shutterglasses ! It’s beautiful.

  • 9 Cowboy // Apr 7, 2011 at 16:38

    I have two of these coming my way (4x cams 2x housings) I can’t wait to start playing.

  • 10 Max // Apr 7, 2011 at 16:49

    Cowboy, don’t forget to share your footages :-)
    Which cam exactly and how much cost it?

  • 11 Cowboy // Apr 11, 2011 at 06:31

    I am getting 4 HD Hero kits, 2 surf, 2 motorsports. The kits come with various mounts and the single camera enclosures. I am also getting two 3d kits. The total is $1,400 retail. $300 for each HD Cam and $100 for each 3d kit. Then I need to get four 32GB SD cards also for another $300 or so.

  • 12 Jeff Jones // Feb 4, 2012 at 07:09

    I have 2 Hero 2 cameras and they worked with the sync cable for the first 10 3D videos now when I press the sutter button on the master camera, using the 3D housing, only the master camera starts. Yesterday I started using the system and it did work both cameras blinked and I saw folders like 100M3D_R but now the shutter for the main camera doesn’t start the second camera. Spent about 4-5 hours making sure the settings were the same, resetting the cameras, changing the master camera, changing the order I powered them on and reinserting the 3D sync cable. Any advice? Going snorkeling tomorrow hope to get some 3D.

  • 13 Jeff Jones // Feb 4, 2012 at 07:35

    Feb 3rd downloaded the free 3D software and installed the firmware update still not syncing the shutter buttons. I had one HD hero camera and bought 2 new Hero 2 cameras for a trip to Thailand with the 3D system. After researching the GoPro 3D system does not work with the Hero 2 I prepeat the GoPro 3D doesn’t work with HD Hero 2 it even says that on a little disclaimer on ther website in faded text at the bottom of the specs on the GoPro website that it will work with a later firmware update too bad I left the origional at home and spent $600 on two new cameras that don’t work with the 3D system before getting on a plane to Thailand GoPro as a company just got knocked down a 100 flights of stairs in my book how could they make a new camera that doesn’t work with their 3D system when their old camera does and release it to the public and sell with the 3D system like it works to the general public without telling people it is not compatible! GoPro Hero 2 not compatible with GoPro 3D system.

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