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Andy Warhol may have been right when he said that, in the future, everyone would be world-famous for 15 minutes. Mount a point-of-view camera to you or your gear, such as the GoPro HD HERO, and with some basic computer skills, you can share your life with a world wide (web) audience. But your fame is about to get a little more real. This March, GoPro will release the world's first handheld 3D filming technology for consumers, giving your video part the extra pop it deserves.
|And when you're not filming in 3D, you have an extra camera for follow cams.|
WHAT IT IS:
GoPro's 3D HERO System is a waterproof housing case that holds two side-by-side HD 1080p cameras (purchased separately at $259.99 each). This add-on kit includes special syncing cable to ensure that both cameras are rolling at the same time -- essential for 3D filming -- with the push of a single button. The two cameras create two separate video files in an MPEG 4 format, and the software component of the GoPro 3D System combines the files into one hi-def, freefalling, point-of-view experience.
WHY IT RULES:
"You don't have to go out and buy a brand new camera," says GoPro's Rick Loughery. "It's such a cost efficient way to get the same type of point-of-view footage shot with the GoPro, but in 3D." Plus GoPro's straightforward editing system doesn't require a thick user manual: "The 3D editing software that's on the market right now is pretty complicated, but the GoPro software will help regular consumers put together a great edit."
You also don't have to worry about having to buy some deluxe 3D television to watch your final product. You can view your videos on any regular computer or television with a pair of classic red/blue 3D paper glasses, which are included in the GoPro 3D kit.
WHERE TO FIND IT:
The GoPro 3D System will release in late March 2011 and will be available at all GoPro retailers, or online at gopro.com.