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Tourist
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Sync Gopro Hero5- for VR / 360 video

Is there any way to get frame sync (genlock) with the Hero5?  I'm not talking about starting them all at about the same time with the remote (I've done this with the Hero4s and it is "synced" within 1-3 seconds).  For a VR rig you need the cameras firing frames at as close to the same exact time as possible.  The Omni solves this problem (if you only need a 6-camera rig) with a cable.  I would think it could be done over BlueTooth, which the cameras already have.  And it seems like it's mostly software that would allow you to control each of your cameras' settings simultaneously via one phone/tablet.  Right now you can only connect to one camera at a time via the app, so changing settings on all your cameras is a huge pain.

If there are (or will be) solutions for the 5, great!  If not, take this as a feature request for the Hero6.

 


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Re: Sync Gopro Hero5- for VR / 360 video

@natev043 - The Omni rig will not work with the HERO5 cameras due to the connectors. I don't have any details on future cameras or capabilities we can share, but if you'd like to make a suggestion about being able to synchronize multiple cameras, the best way to do that is to submit the suggestion using our Feedback page at https://gopro.com/feedback.

 

Thanks,

Jeff

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Tourist
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Re: Sync Gopro Hero5- for VR / 360 video

The H5 does not have genlock capability, however they are MUCH better at starting multiple cameras than on previous GoPro models, may not be all on the same frame but close to it.

Tourist
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Re: Sync Gopro Hero5- for VR / 360 video

Thanks @onboardt6 !  Good to hear that the Hero5 is better at starting multiple cameras.  I'd still like to hear from someone at GoPro about the possibility of incorporating genlock into a Hero6 or creating an Omni-like device for the Hero6 and beyond.  It would really be great to have the capability integrated into the cameras so that you weren't limited to a 6-camera rig.  So many people are using GoPros (and a LOT of them) for 360 video.  Features like these would definitely embed GoPros in that market for a long time.

GoPro Community Manager
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Re: Sync Gopro Hero5- for VR / 360 video

@natev043 - The Omni rig will not work with the HERO5 cameras due to the connectors. I don't have any details on future cameras or capabilities we can share, but if you'd like to make a suggestion about being able to synchronize multiple cameras, the best way to do that is to submit the suggestion using our Feedback page at https://gopro.com/feedback.

 

Thanks,

Jeff

Tourist
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Re: Sync Gopro Hero5- for VR / 360 video

After starting them all, why not use an audio clicker, tone or clap your hands? You could sync pretty close with an audio signal. The more abrupt, the more accurate the sync you will be able to achieve.  Just a thought!

Tourist
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Re: Sync Gopro Hero5- for VR / 360 video

@alank831 thanks for the idea.  Yes, this is the standard workflow for non-synched cameras.  Unfortunately with fast-moving action or a moving camera, if the cameras are not capturing frames at the exact same time, you get strange, stuttery results over seams.  This is especially apparent in drone shots where there is even a slight amount of vibration in the rig.  You can pretty easily stabilize the 360 shot in post, but at the seams you can still see it vibrating because cameras are half a frame off.  Also, manual (and even semi-automated) synching of 6+ cameras for dozens of shots is tedious at best.

Tourist
Posts: 4

Re: Sync Gopro Hero5- for VR / 360 video

Thanks for the response, @jefft!  I will put in a feature request, thanks!