Have you ever been able to direct a Youtube video as it was playing? No? Well, now you can. In this video you can look around as if it was a webcam. But it’s not it’s a 360 degrees video shot with the GoPro Odyssey.
GoPro’s Odyssey comprises a rig packed with 16 GoPro Hero Black cameras, capable of capturing footage in stereoscopic 3D, and the film serves as a usual glimpse at the quality the new rig will offer when paired with Google’s Jump assembler pipeline, announced at Google’s I/O conference back in May. The combination of hardware and software is reportedly capable of producing stereoscopic (over-under) footage up to 8k x 8k (600 Mbit/s bitrate), which should ensure fidelity is up to the challenges posed by 360 filming.
About the video
Featuring footage captured in 360 degrees using GoPro’s recently new Odyssey VR camera, set to leverage the stitching pipeline of Google’s ‘Jump’ video assembler, this new short film shows the breathtaking possibilities of cinematic VR as a medium.
Set around New York city, the film puts you at and in various landmarks throughout the area. The film is directed by New York born and bred photographer Neil Britto and takes you on an immersive journey exploring his favourite sights throughout the city. From stunning cityscape vistas to more intimate landmark scenes, the film demonstrates what a difference being surrounded by such scenes makes to a films power to engage the viewer.
Although the Odyssey is capable of capturing stereoscopic spherical video, YouTube only supports monoscopic spherical footage for the time being, so the video above is not 3D.