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GoPro Unveils Odyssey Virtual Reality Camera Rig With Limited Access Program

Action camera maker GoPro wants to give a select group of film makers the tools to shoot 360-degree virtual reality video: The company unveiled its new Odyssey camera rig Tuesday that combines 16 Hero4 cameras to shoot immersive 8K video.

GoPro is cooperating with Google to power some of the smarts behind Odyssey. Filmmakers will be able to upload footage captured with the rig to Google’s cloud-based Jump assembler, where the 16 individual video files are being stitched together to one 360-degree recording.

Google first announced its work on Jump at its Google I/O developer conference in May. At the time, GoPro also said that it was going to build a camera rig to work with Jump, but didn’t share any details on availability and pricing. Now, the cat is out of the bag on both: Odyssey comes with a $15,000 price tag, and first devices are scheduled to ship in November.

However, not everyone will be able to get their hands on a GoPro Odyssey rig. Video professionals have to apply to be included in what the company dubs a “limited access program.” Odyssey will be available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, EU, Japan, and Brazil, but GoPro doesn’t have any other criteria for filmmakers to qualify for participating in the program — with one exception: Applicants do need to have a YouTube profile because Google’s Jump technology is closely connected the company’s efforts to turn the video site into a platform for immersive video and virtual reality.

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