By Sammy Kilner
The GoPro HD Hero and HD Hero2 are cameras designed to be mounted to assorted types of sporting equipment and objects. They are waterproof and basically indestructible cameras. They are also capable of filming in 3D and 2D at the same time at 1080p, making them the world’s smallest 1080p 3D camera!
What You Need
First you have to make sure that you have 2 of the same models/generations of HD Hero cameras. You either need 2 of the original GoPro HD Hero cameras or 2 of the HD Hero2 cameras. All 3 of the different edition cameras; motorsports, outdoors, and surf, all are the same camera. The only difference is the mounting hardware included in the package. So if you bought the HD Hero2 surf edition and your friend has the HD Hero2 motorsports edition, you can combine them together in the 3D enclosure, to make them film in 3D.
The HD Hero naked, is the same as the rest of the HD Hero cameras and can be combined with them. You cannot film in 3D with the HD Hero 960 or the original GoPro Hero camera. It will only work with the HD Hero and Hero2 models. After you have 2 of the same cameras you will need to get the 3D Hero system, which has all the hardware and software you will need included.
Setting up To Film In 3D
First turn on both cameras, set each camera to the same mode, resolution and spot meter settings. Place the right camera in the case, and then place the left camera in up-side down, the cameras will only fit in one way. Use the orange cables provided in the kit and connect both cameras via the expansion ports on the back of the camera. There is a letter on the back of each connector specifying which camera it should be connected to L and R for left and right. Close the enclosure door and secure the clasp on the top.
The buttons on the front of the enclosure; function the same as if you were using the cameras individually, you can turn each on and off or change modes. The cameras will film in both 2D and 3D at the same time. There is only one button on the top, which is the shutter button; it controls both cameras at the same time. To start recording, you just press the shutter button and you will notice that both cameras will have the red lights flashing. If they are both flashing you know the cameras are synced properly if the red lights are flashing. Even if the red lights are not flashing in sync, the cameras are still recording in sync.
To stop recording, press the shutter button again, the same as controlling an individual camera. Then press both power buttons to turn the cameras off. The videos will be recorded to each of the cameras’ SD video cards. You will need to save both folders from each video card to your computer.
You can download for free CineForm Studio Software from the GoPro website. This will be your 3D video editing software. This software is very easy to use and it will combine the videos to create your final 3D video production. You can watch the videos on your computer or any TV, and even upload it to YouTube. You will need the 3D glasses provided to view the video in 3D.
1. Make sure you have 2 of the same HD Hero cameras
2. Make sure you purchase 2 SD cards, one for each camera (not included with the GoPro)
3. Purchase the 3D enclosure kit
The GoPro 3D has really high quality videos and is really cool to show people. The only downside is that you need to wear the glasses to see it in 3D, but if you are adding it to your Facebook page or YouTube, you can also post it in 2D, for those that don’t have the glasses. If you are looking for discounts on the GoPro HD Hero2 or the 3D enclosure, visit HDHero2Motorsports.com.
Article Source: How to Film in 3D With The GoPro HD Hero2