Do you have experience creating content and want to get into virtual reality? GoPro might have an opportunity for you.
The action camera maker on Thursday announced a pilot program for its upcoming spherical camera, dubbed Fusion. GoPro designed Fusion "to be the ultimate capture device for … fully immersive virtual reality content as well as conventional non-VR video and photo formats," it said.
In a statement, GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman said the new camera will let you "capture every angle simultaneously…as though you had six GoPro cameras fused into one.
"Whether filming for VR or traditional fixed-perspective content, Fusion represents the state-of-the-art in versatile spherical capture," he added.
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The camera's 5.2K resolution "enables a new OverCapture creative solution that gives content creators the flexibility to produce conventional non-VR video and photos in HD-quality 'punched out' from the spherically captured angles," GoPro teased.
Sound like something you want to get your paws on? GoPro today started taking applications from pro content creators who want to be part of the pilot program, which is expected to roll out this summer. Amateurs need not apply at this time. During the pilot, GoPro plans to work closely with select "brands, agencies and content professionals" to "further refine the user experience and produce inspiring content that demonstrates the creative potential of Fusion."
The camera should be available commercially in limited quantities by the end of the year, GoPro said. The company hasn't yet shared pricing details, or any other specifics, for the upcoming rig.
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