Stereo 3D Video Production with GoPro

Using the GoPro HD Hero2 and the 3D Hero System with CineForm Software
Jeff Foster
By Jeff Foster 01.29.12

Whether you love it or hate it, 3D Stereography is here for awhile. And if you're totally into it like I am, you quickly realize that there are few turnkey workflows out there to capture and process 3D Stereo video that's easy to setup, shoot and edit Stereo pairs. Sure, there are a lot of high-end (expensive to rent) systems for two cameras to shoot, software to sync/mux the footage and rigs you can build to edit it, but GoPro has brought it together with a fun and easy-to-use system that anyone can use.

GoPro 3D Hero System Concept




The 3D HERO System allows you to combine two HD HERO cameras, or two HD HERO2 cameras into a single housing to record 3D video and photos while simultaneously recording in 2D. A synchronization cable plugs into the rear HERO Port on both cameras to join them together, enabling both cameras to record video and photos in perfect synchronization.

What's Included in the Kit?




3D Waterproof Housing • 3D Waterproof Door + Skeleton Door • 3D Hero Sync Cable • 3D Anaglyph Glasses (3 pairs) • Helmet Front Mount • 2 Flat + 2 Curved Adhesive Mounts • Assorted Mounting Hardware
FREE GoPro CineForm Studio software (download)



The GoPro 3D Hero System - just add 2 identical cameras!



The 3D Hero system works with both the original Hero camera and the new Hero2, but you may need to check for a current firmware upgrade to be sure your cameras will function properly. Check the GoPro site for update announcements. (The system is not compatible with the Hero 960 or standard definition cameras.)




I used two HD Hero2 cameras for my tests, you can also use two of the original HD Hero cameras



The cameras must be set to the exact same frame rate and scale but the "Left" camera is inverted into the 3D housing as shown above. You don't need to set the Left cam to "up-side-down" viewing mode as it will automatically be switched when attaching the sync cable.




Correctly synced cameras.



If your sync cable isn't connected correctly (you have L&R switched) or the camera settings don't match, then at least one of the camera LCD screens will be blank after you've turned them on. When it's connected properly and both cameras are set identically, then you will see that the LCD screen will match and the Left cam will be automatically re-oriented.


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