GoPro is currently concentrating a lot of its efforts into producing camera rigs to bridge the gap between juggling many cameras in a fight against technology, which can be seen by its Omni camera rig which has a six-camera setup and has recently been shown off in a video by GoPro to introduce the rig. Last week the small and hardy camera creators put out a blog post outlining its newest and more impressive camera rig for 360-degree videos, Odyssey.

Odyssey was first announced a year ago at Google I/O, which will again be taking place later today, and it is explained in the blog post that GoPro and Google “embarked on a journey to create the industry’s first and only commercially available automatic sync-and-stitch VR (3D 360°) video capture solution”. The aim of the rig isn’t only to hold its 16-camera panoramic stereo setup, but it is to sync the cameras and stitch the footage taken, making the production process smoother and easier. As it is partnered with Google, it is built with its Jump platform in mind for content to be broadcasted.

Anthony Batt, Co-Founder at Wevr, a VR content producer company who has purchased Odyssey, said in the blog post: “We have tried other products and no other solution on the market is even close to what GoPro has right now. We feel lucky to have the rig and would like to include more into our workflow. Everything we’re going to shoot moving forward is going to be with Odyssey,”

Batt goes on to comment: “We intend to push to the limits so we can make it even better. The entire industry is going to be lucky to have this product.”

The rig includes: 16 HERO4 Black cameras, 16 Array Bacpacs, Odyssey Panoramic Capture rig, 16 MicroSD Cards, cables and accessories, and a Pelican case to keep all of the contents together.

This new rig is a competitor to the likes of the Nokia OZO which boasts of an eight camera and microphone setup wih the same description of stitching ability whilst filming, which in Europe is priced at €55,000 EUR.

It is advised that those who would like to get their hands on an Odyssey rig should join and participate in the Limited Access Program (LAP) by applying online.

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