August 15, 2016

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You can now pick up GoPro’s six camera VR Omni Rig for a cool $5,000.

If the HoloLens wasn’t enough to make you part with your hand earned cash, then maybe the latest VR rig from GoPro might. After launching the GoPro VR platform and pre-orders for the rig back in April, the Omni Rig has finally started shipping.

GoPro announced that they’ll open up sales of the Omni when the company starts shipping the preorder units out on August 17th. For the $5,000 you’ll get six Hero 4 Black cameras, the housing, and all hardware and software that you’ll need to begin shooting and editing your own 360-degree footage.

The GoPro Omni all-inclusive package includes the following:

  • Kolor stitching software license
  • GoPro Omni sync rig
  • Six GoPro Hero4 Black cameras
  • Six GoPro Hero4 batteries
  • Six GoPro Mini USB cables
  • Six GoPro lens covers
  • Six 32GB microSD cards
  • Six microSD USB card readers
  • GoPro Smart Remote
  • 7-Port USB hub
  • Switronix Hypercore-98S battery
  • Switronix GP-S V-mount battery
  • Plate/clamp
  • Switronix GP-LS battery charger
  • PowerTap-to-DC 2.5 x 5.5mm cable
  • Waterproof shipping case
  • Plastic tweezers
  • Microfiber bag
  • 2.5mm hex key

When the six GoPro units alone would set you back $3,000, the Omni Rig bundle actually works out at quite a good deal to get you setup with everything you need for shooting and editing 360 degree video. If you already own the six Hero 4 Blacks required, you can always order the camera array by itself for $1,500 — but it won’t come with some equipment or software licenses.

The Omni Rig comes with some funky features too – all the settings on the GoPros sync together so you won’t have to change things six times, and the cameras come with synchronization to make post-editing easier. The Omni also comes bundled with GoPro’s Omni Importer tool, which makes proofing and prepping your 360 footage that little bit simpler. Additionally, you will also get a Kolor stitching software license, as well as plugins for Adobe Premiere and After Effects to help with editing.

So while the $5,000 price tag may seem steep at first, you do actually get quite a lot of software and hardware for your money.

Value or not, the price may simply put the bundle out of most peoples reach, but if you’re serious about getting into 360 video, then the GoPro Omni Rig is a great place to start.

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