GoPro launching new virtual reality camera, online platform

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Apr 182016
 

 

 

The race to create both the hardware and the software that will drive the emerging virtual reality market is heating up, and now GoPro has unveiled its latest plans to support VR filmmakers and fans.

At this week’s NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) event in Las Vegas, the company will unveil a new VR camera and launch a new VR platform for sharing immersive videos.

See also: GoPro Odyssey VR camera will cost $15,000, arrive in November

First, GoPro will show off its new Omni VR camera, which features six synchronized cameras in what the company calls a spherical array, but the housing itself looks more like a rounded square.

The six Hero4 cameras, plus the aluminum rig, which is lightweight and made for action shots, will be offered for $4,999 and will allow users to capture 8K video.

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Jun 102015
 

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We can all agree on the fact that 4K is last year’s news and if you aren’t watching video at a resolution at least quadruple that resolution, then you might as well be watching in standard definition. Alright, maybe that’s a tad bit extreme and premature, but if you dofeel that way, then you’ll be happy to hear that YouTube now officially supports playback of 8K video.

According to a report by 9to5Google, playback of 8K video has been available for a select few items since 2010; however, the ‘8K’ labeling was only added earlier this year. Initial reports indicate that the 4320p video plays back well in Chrome, but can struggle a bit in other browsers. Add this on top of the fact that many users are already having trouble playing 4K video, and you have a very niche selection of viewers.

One of the first public 8K videos, “Ghost Towns”, was uploaded to YouTube only yesterday and showcases high-quality footage captured on a RED Epic Dragon 6K:

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Apr 172015
 

NHK is also planning public demonstrations of 8K—16 times the resolution of HD–in Los Angeles and New York.

Japan’s government and NHK are bullish about giving Japan a broadcast system that supports ultra-sharp 8K — 16 times the resolution of HD — in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And now, Japan’s public broadcaster is not ruling out virtual reality as a possible future use of the format.

“Virtual Reality is possible [with 8K] in the future on smaller screen such as Oculus Rift displays,” Narichika Hamaguchi, a senior manager at NHK’s research lab, told The Hollywood Reporter.

For broadcasting, NHK finds that the bigger the screen, the better for visual perception. So at NAB, it was demoing its 8K images on TVs larger than 70-inches, as well as in a theater presentation. But it was also showing a smaller 13-inch OLED screen that was research work from SEL, signaling an effort to bring the format to smaller screens for additional uses, potentially VR.

Meanwhile, NHK is planning public demonstrations of 8K broadcasting in Los Angeles and New York. They will be held this summer when NHK tests its broadcasting system during the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which is being held June 6-July 5 in Canada.

It’s also planning trials at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and aims to start offering limited 8K services in Japan during 2018, when the FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia and Olympics in South Korea.

From the content standpoint, NHK is currently focused on live broadcasting, particularly sports, and has already tested the system at big global events including the 2012 London Olympics as well as last year’s Sochi Olympics and FIFA World Cup. The ultra-sharp picture puts the viewer in the stadium with more detail that currently possible, allowing them to see more of the drama from the players and spectators, and not just in close ups.

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