The Google Jump 360° Camera Rig Uses 16 GoPros

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Google today announced a new virtual reality system called Jump that uses a special new camera rig created in partnership with GoPro. It’s a crazy-looking 360-degree camera array that uses 16 separate GoPro cameras.

GoPro announced its own virtual reality camera rig yesterday that uses 6 cameras. This Jump rig takes the concept to a whole new level. If you load this rig with the $500 GoPro HERO4 Black, the 16 cameras alone will cost you $8,000.

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Google’s rig boasts camera syncing, multi-camera control, and long battery life — features that take some of the pain out of working with 16 individual cameras.

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Once you have your footage captured, it can be brought into Google’s new Jump software for processing. The resulting footage is immersive and can be viewed with a virtual reality headset or through special viewers. Here’s an example of some Google Jump footage (you can change your perspective with your keyboard or mouse):

Engadget reports that the Jump camera rig may be offered to a small group of YouTube creators initially, but it should eventually make its way to the general public as well.

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