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GoPro HD HERO2 to Get 24p and Higher Bitrate With a New Firmware

April 17th, 2012 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

GoPro has announced their partnership with Technicolor at the NAB 2012 Show in Las Vegas in order to embed Technicolor’s CineStyle color profile for the debut of the new GoPro Protune firmware this summer. The new Protune firmware for the GoPro HD HERO2 action cameras will also bring support for 24fps frame rate recording, higher 35 Mbps data rate, neutral color profile for better color correction in post-production, log curve encoding offering more detail in shadows and highlights as well as reduced sharpening and noise reduction. The GoPro Protune firmware will be a free firmware upgrade available for the HD HERO2 camera only and will work with the GoPro CineForm Studio without any problems. Using Protune with GoPro CineForm Studio Premium and GoPro CineForm Studio Professional should provide additional benefits, offering extensive color correction controls and customizable presets to create professional, cinematic looks from the GoPro HERO2 captured content. Non-destructive 3D LUTs should provide even more flexibility, enabling users to further tweak their images, manipulate saturation and contrast and color correction controls to create highly stylized content.

There is no word if the Protune firmware will be compatible with the 3D HERO accessory, but there should be nor reason for it not to be. And the 24 fps recording mode along with the higher bitrate would also be a benefit for people using the HD HERO2 action cameras in pairs to record stereoscopic 3D footage. The less additional processing on the input would also be a plus for stereo 3D recording, although there are still some things that need attention when using the 3D HERO adapter in the latest standard firmware for stereo 3D recording in order to have matching exposure and white balance on both cameras for example. Still, can’t wait to see some sample video footage recorded with HD HERO2 using the new Protune firmware…

For more information about the HD HERO2 action cameras from GoPro…

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I Have My GoPro 3D Hero Plus Two GoPro HD Hero2 Cameras Setup

March 28th, 2012 · 17 Comments · Shooting in 3D

I’ve finally received my order of GoPro 3D Hero plus the two GoPro HD Hero2 cameras and everything is ready and setup to start testing the system as well as to do some experimenting and of course to shoot some nice stereo 3D footage with it. Just a reminder, when using the GoPro 3D Hero you are getting 35mm fixed interaxial distance, but you can use some DIY magic to modify it to allow adjustable interaxial. I’ll be doing that soon, but I need to get another GoPro 3D Hero adapter for that as the electronics in the kit need to be modified as well…

The orange adapter that connects both cameras in order to synchronize them comes with a very short cable that is only suitable for use with the small 35mm interaxial setup that the 3D Hero is originally intended for. You can however solder a longer cable for a modified version with a variable interaxial distance that will also be using two separate cases for the cameras instead of the one provided with the 3D Hero. I’ll be getting into more detail about that very soon, as well as into experimenting in adding another slave camera in order to get a three camera setup with the idea to maybe further extend this into an array of cameras.

For more information about the GoPro HD HERO2 and GoPro 3D HERO systems…

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The Latest GoPro HD HERO2 Firmware Brings Proper 3D Support

February 2nd, 2012 · 2 Comments · Shooting in 3D

The GoPro HD HERO2 action cameras now finally should have proper support for the 3D HERO system for shooting in stereoscopic 3D format with the just released new firmware v.70. In order to update the firmware of your HD HERO2 cameras you will need to use the latest version of the GoPro CineForm Studio. When you have the camera connected and you run CineForm Studio you should be prompted if an update is available, offering you to update the one on your camera, that is if you don’t yet have the latest firmware installed. If you are using GoPro HD HERO2 cameras and already have the 3D HERO adapter you are welcome to share your feedback on how well the setup works after installing the latest firmware…

For more information about the HD HERO2 and to download CineForm Studio…

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