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March 21, 2013
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3 GoPro Array Videos That Will Blow You Away

Have you seen this?! Freeze video in 3D space with a camera array system.  In this post we showcase a few of the better examples of this cool video production technique.

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A camera array is created when multiple cameras are lined up and are all rolling at the same time.  The result, when actions takes place in the frame, is that the cameras can be cut together to create a super slick action sequence that gives the appearnce that the action is frozen in time…but in 3 dimensional space.

The look is reminsecent of the trademark Matrix time freezing effect, except that its done entirely in-camera.  In the past, some photographers have experimented with this technique using still cameras that fire sequential shots that are then assembled in a video editing application.  Here’s one such example that was created using a ring of Nikon DSLRs:

Now the GoPro video camera has spawned a new crop of creative pros looking to use the cam to create similar effects.  GoPros are compact, provide decent video quality and are realtively inexpensive.  They seem like a natural fit for making a video camera array.

This surfing video was one of the first to utilize this production technique with the GoPro and made quite a splash when it was released in the fall of 2011.  A camera array of 48 GoPros were used to create the look.

This next video shows that it doesn’t take a lot of money (or a ton of GoPros) to pull of this look.  With only 15 GoPros in this video camera array the team at Permagrin Films was able to create some Matrix style 360 freeze effects.

Parkour to the extreme! Chilean video production company Aerolabs ran some tests on their GoPro array and came away with some pretty slick looking shots.

Have you seen this camera array technique utilized in other videos?
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  • Ryan Farnes

    Interesting technique. Still suffers quite horribly from frame sync artifacts which remind me of post stabilizing footage that has heavy motion blur. I wonder if this array technique will mature, or if we’ll see fast motion controlled sliders get developed the same way motion controlled sliders have matured for timelapse. I think its only a few product cycles and really high speed slow motion will be available rather ubiquitously in many cameras.

    It seems like variations of this type of device is the goal:

  • Tyler

    the 360 project was not filmed with Gopro Array it was a sequence of Nikon DSLRS

  • Victor

    Shot half of this Music Video on a 24 cam gopro hero 3 black on a custom made tube rig for 180 degree coverage. The main shots on a canon 5D3 ML Hacked.

    Syncing the cameras were a pain. some would drop off the line for no apparent reason. It’s a great system when it works, I suggest outdoor usage is much better than indoor as color consistency is way off the mark. Worth the effort and a fun, if sometimes painful learning experience to build. Gotta know how you are gonna apply or treat the less than perfect images you’re gonna get when doing this kinda stuff. Just a heads up for others who are itching to try.

    • Danny Greer

      Thanks for the good feedback, Victor. I think your point about shooting outdoors is a great one.

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