360Rig

Legacy

2012 was the year of the 360Rig, the worlds first fully spherical video rig, the first video rig without nadir blind spot or nadir hole, and proved a great success. It was based on Gopro Hero2 cameras, and was available from early 2012 to the end of 2012.

Many of the 360 videos you find in the examples were shot with the 360Rig.

The development begun late 2011 as a proof of concept, followed several design iterations, until it finally settled on the 360Rig V4.1.1 design, utilizing Gopro Hero2 cameras inside:

It featured air vent holes, an internal fan (custom upgrade), a custom wireless remote (about 10m range), external power (via 8-22V LiPo batteries), custom electronics inside, an audio sync, and a max resolution of 4000x2000px at up to 48 fps (protunes). The SD cards were accessible from the outside, making quick card loading possible. The packaging included a pelican case, 2 batteries and a LiPo charger.

360Rig packaging 360Rig V4.1.1 360Rig battery

360Rig charger

The price for the prototype 360Rig was $4500.

If you are planning to convert your (old) 6 Hero2 cameras into a 360Rig, please contact me via email at moc.gir063null@troppus to organize shipping etc.

The price for  the conversion is $1500.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Carnaval Sao Paolo 2013 | Freedom360

    […] sambodrome of Anhembi. However, you are not watching from the sidelines. This video shot with the 360Rig puts you right in the middle of the carros alegoricos and the samba dancers with all their fantasic […]

  2. Cracolandia Rio de Janeiro | Freedom360

    […] most photographers stayed at a safe distance Ayrton Camargo was in the midst of it all with the 360Rig dodging stones thrown at anyone documenting the events. Afterwards he described his emotions as […]

  3. Cruising down the Thames | Freedom360

    […] was shot by Henry Stuart from Spherical Images on a clear but very cold day in December 2012. The 360Rig was mounted on the end of a 1.5m carbon fiber pole. Despite the vibration from the boat and the […]

  4. Cruzando el Támesis río abajo | Freedom360

    […] Images grabó este vídeo 360 en un día de diciembre, luminoso aunque  frío, de 2012. El  Rig 360 iba montado en elextremo de un mastil de fibra de carbón de 1,5 m. A pesar de la vibración del […]

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