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GoPro's Omni rig tackles 360 VR head-onGoPro wants to make professional 360 VR easy enough for anyone to give it a go, and its Omni rig is a good entry point.
[MUSIC] What if there was a 360 VR camera you could play catch with? This is the Omni, GoPro's rig built to tackle 360 VR head on. Now even though you probably wouldn't throw around a camera like this, the Omni is modular and designed for rough treatment. In theory, if a piece breaks, you can just swap it out. But before we get into the specs, let's take a look and see what the complete, $5000, out of the box solution gets you. The Omni houses six Hero4 black cameras, which means six separate micro SD cards and batteries Unfortunately, the Omni isn't compatible with the newer Hero 5. If $5,000 US is a little bit too much cash, the rig sells for $1,500 on its own if you bring your own cameras. Unlike the earlier Freedom 360 mount, where you have to start and stop recording on all six cameras individually, the Omni has one central camera. You start and stop recording from it Plus it automatically sends the settings you have on the primary camera to all the others in the rig. If you run the OMNI on the thin camera battery you get about 45 minutes of run time. So for intensive shoots you are gonna need to use these external battery packs. You'll get around three hours if you're using lower resolution settings. So that's the spec sheet. What is it actually like to shoot with? The one button operation of the Omni is incredibly easy. There's no sync clock you need to worry about and if feels just like your filming with a single GoPro except it happens to be in a 360 array. Everything that's usually a tedious part of making 360 but the Omni makes it easy. With one click the imported software finds finds your footage on the micro SD card or on your computer From here you can see a low resolution preview stitch, color correction and stabilization options. Press Start and the crunching begins. And it's quick. A 2 minute four cam clip or a [UNKNOWN] footage takes 15 minutes or so to import. Ditch and corporate. It is likely that you'll still need to make tweaks in something like colors or to panel video especially if you come across grossing issues which we did. [SOUND] But the only does cope well in low Light and with motion shots, although parallax can still be an issue. Overall, though, the Omni is really well thought out. It's not waterproof, so thrill seekers will have to wait and see if Go Pro releases a [UNKNOWN] version. For now, as an inexpensive into professional, 360 VR, it ticks plenty of boxes. [MUSIC]