GoPro CineForm Studio 2D & Stereo 3D for Mac & Windows platforms
Comments by Chao-Xing
At first I dismissed the new GoPro 3D camera and software system as Toys for Boys when my associates at AMC bought the rig and avoided studio work to fly the thing in Central Park. But I have a growing respect for the Stereo 3D unit and post-production (my department… I’m mainly the in-house Lightwave specialist) software solutions on the Professional level. It’s obviously not for everything but what it deos do it does it brilliantly.
The new software t enables users to adjust aspect ratios and instantly correct distortions or image stretching that typically occurs when resizing images. The software also enables users to add keyframes anywhere in the video, and add effects such as pan and zoom to introduce movement and drama to timelapse sequences. Other new features include automatic recognition for 3D videos for YouTube uploads; auto-update of HD HERO2 camera firmware; and support for .mov and .mp4 video formats to bring in content from other camera systems.
GoPro CineForm Studio Premium ($299) captures the most popular features of both CineForm’s Neo HD and Neo Stereo 3D into a singular solution designed for 2D and 3D broadcast and feature film production. The app extends the stereo 3D toolset and is optimized for multi-camera stereo rigs, such as SI, Phantom, Red, and Arri Alexa. Additional features include a new and improved UI; non destructive color correction, reframing, and 3D correction; and support for a wide range of consumer and professional 2D and 3D (single body) video cameras. Support has also been added for HD and beyond.
GoPro CineForm Studio Professional ($999) features a new and improved user interface; non-destructive color correction, reframing/image manipulation, and 3D correction; support for a 2D and streeo 3D (all types) video cameras; and support for HD and beyond; as well as independent eye control for professional 3D camera rigs.
Here;s what Mathew Meyer has to say about the GoPro HD Hero2
The good: The GoPro HD Hero2 boasts improved optics, a few new video- and still-photo-shooting modes, and backward compatibility with current HD Hero accessories. Most importantly, its interface has been overhauled and is now much easier to view and understand.
The bad: As improved as it is, the Hero2′s interface can still be a bit confusing for the first-time user.
The bottom line: The GoPro HD Hero2 is easily the best GoPro camera yet, with the ruggedness and quality that we’ve come to expect and a new user-friendly interface.
I’ve had a bit of a love-hate relationship with the GoPro HD Hero that we’ve used during the recording of the Car Tech Live podcast for the last year or so. On the one hand, the Hero takes phenomenal wide-angle video, is ridiculously durable thanks to its polycarbonate shell, and (when you get the settings right) relatively easy to use. However, that last bit is also my biggest point of contention with the first few generations of the GoPro Hero cameras; I’m a self-proclaimed techie who’s recorded hours of footage using the HD Hero and I still have to break out the poorly written instruction sheet to change any of the settings. More often than not, I just leave the settings where I left them and just point and shoot.
So, when the new generation GoPro HD Hero2 landed on my desk boasting an improved interface, I decided to challenge myself to full-test the device without cracking the spine on its (also improved) 90-page user manual.