GoPro is about to launch its virtual reality set-up and has published some 360 degree videos of the Tour de France to show off the results
360 degree video is becoming a thing, with a number of companies offering fisheye lens cameras to capture the action from all angles, giving you a zoomable view of events.
GoPro has taken a different approach, mounting six of its Hero 4 cameras in a cube-shaped rig and using software to mesh their outputs.
To demonstrate the technology, GoPro has used it to shoot key moments from a number of stages of the Tour de France, including a clip from the last stage on the Champs Elysées, the finish at Angers where Mark Cavendish recorded his 28th Tour win equalling Bernard Hinault, and THAT stage up Mont Ventoux.
The results are pretty impressive: you can really feel the energy and excitement as the riders approach and scroll around the action using your mouse. But you’ll need to view on Chrome or Firefox – it doesn’t work with Safari.
View the rest of the Tour de France videos here.
Called Omni, it’s due to launch on 17 August and geared to professional users. If you want one to stick on your bars to record the Sunday club run, think again. It’s 120mm across and made of aluminium.
The full kit costs £4200, although if you happen to have six Hero4 Black cameras knocking around at home you can buy the mounting rig and firmware for just £1300.