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GoPro Expansion Kit for HERO Cameras (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Mounting System is compatible with all GoPro accessories
  • 3D waterproof housing is rated 180'/60m deep
  • Record 3D and 2D video and photo files simultaneously
  • Includes FREE easy-to-use 3D editing software-GoPro CineForm Studio
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The 3D HERO System allows you to combine two 1080p HD HERO cameras into a single housing to record 3D video and photos while simultaneously recording in 2D. A synchronization cable plugs into the rear HERO Port on both cameras to join them together, enabling both cameras to record video and photos in perfect synchronization. This is a requirement for professional quality 3D and is available only from GoPro. The included 3D editing software GoPro Cineform Studio makes it easy to convert your 3D HERO System footage into viewable 3D files you can watch on your computer, online at sites like YouTube, and on your 2D or 3DTV at home.

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The 3D HERO System allows you to combine two 1080p HD HERO cameras into a single housing to record 3D video and photos while simultaneously recording in 2D. A synchronization cable plugs into the rear HERO Port on both cameras to join them together, enabling both cameras to record video and photos in perfect synchronization. This is a requirement for professional quality 3D and is available only from GoPro.

The included 3D editing software—GoPro Cineform Studio—makes it easy to convert your 3D HERO System footage into viewable 3D files you can watch on your computer, online at sites like YouTube, and on your 2D or 3DTV at home.

Features:
  • Mounting System is compatible with all GoPro accessories
  • 3D waterproof housing is rated 180'/60m deep
  • Record 3D and 2D video and photo files simultaneously
  • Includes FREE easy-to-use 3D editing software—GoPro CineForm Studio

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What's Included:
  • 3D Waterproof Housing
  • 3D Waterproof Door + Skeleton Door
  • 3D Hero Sync Cable
  • 3D Anaglyph Glasses (3 pairs)
  • Helmet Front Mount
  • 2 Flat + 2 Curved Adhesive Mounts
  • Assorted Mounting Hardware
  • FREE GoPro CineForm Studio software
Note: A firmware upgrade is required for your 1080p HD HERO cameras. Cameras are not included. The 3D HERO System is NOT compatible with the HD HERO 960 or standard definition cameras.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.9 x 1.6 x 3.9 inches
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
ASIN B004M18816
Item model number AHD3D-001
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3.5 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
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Date first available at Amazon.com March 15, 2011

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I'm sure GoPro will eventually get this right, but for now, I'd recommend avoiding their 3D kit. We used this for a recent project and had two pairs of cameras running on two 3D rigs. I was nervous going in, because in testing, I found that the sync cables caused the cameras to behave erratically. Sometimes you couldn't cycle through shooting modes with the cable plugged in (say, to get to video mode or to adjust settings), and they would occasionally cause one of the cameras to freeze up entirely--the display would go completely blank and could not be reset without taking the battery out. Mind you, we were using four cameras (and had a fifth backup), and this happend somewhat frequently on both rigs. I originally assumed the problem was with one bad camera or SD card, but after cycling replacements in and out and still encountering the problem, it was obvious the sync cable was causing the issues.

Once recording, they seemed to operate without issue, but I'd say about every other time we turned the cameras on, we were unable to record without either unplugging and replugging the sync cable and/or resetting a camera by removing the battery.

Other minor irks about this product: I assume GoPro wasn't looking forward to the 3D applications of their product when they first designed their cameras (understandably), but the fact that just about all the inputs are inaccessible when using the 3D rig is vexing. We would have loved to use an external mic, but the mic input side of the cameras face each other in the rig, so they can't be used. And the inability to use accessories like a battery pack or LCD screen with the 3D rig is a necessary evil, I suppose.

3D quality isn't superb, you if you're expecting more for the price, you're dreaming. It's a fun gimmick, and hopefully GoPro irons out the handful of crippling issues it has. In short, wait for the next generation.
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SInce I had two Hero 2 camera and was interesting in 3D, this seemed like a great kit to try. Problem is that the syncing between the cameras is just not reliable. Both cameras have been updated to the same and the latest firmware. Both will initially start at the same time but pressing the shutter button stops one but not the other. It takes several more shutter presses to get them back on at the same time. But then the CineForm Studio software gets confused about what video goes with the other. So, you can take the first video only. Then download the cards, erase the images and start over. GoPro is no help in fixing this.
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The case for the 3D setup is much larger than those for a single camera, so make sure that you have enough space for where you want to use it. Setup and use is fairly easy, but if you want to use it upside down, make sure you change the "UP" setting for the right-side camera as that is the primary one.
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This was a no-brainer purchase for me: I shoot 3D on several other rigs, and the price of this is ridiculously low compared to a mirror-rig for other cameras, or even a side-by-side rig.

I feel like the widest setting on the GoPro Hero 1 and 2 is a little too wide for most 3D shots, but is really good if your subject is about 3' away.

REMINDER: THIS DOES NOT WORK WITH THE HERO 3!
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3D between 2 separate cameras is so much easier with this expansion kit!

Rather with a manual setup where you have to manually mount and align 2 cameras side by side and try to get them to record at the same time, the case and sync-cable does all of that work for you. Allowing you to shoot 3D videos with ease!

Though the spacing between the 2 cameras isn't exactly an inch apart as width apart as like standard 3D setups, the close proximity does has it's advantages with closeups.

Using this with a helmet or head strap make for an incredible Stereoscopic First-Person Point-of-View!

I do recommend this if you plan to Go-Pro in 3D!
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Love the 3D videos this system shoots. Look great on a large 3D screen. However, I sometimes have problems getting both cameras to come on at the same time. It takes a little while to ensure both cameras are set up exactly the same before using the system. Wish there was a way to attach my extra batteries to the cameras, but you can't with the cable attached. The free computer program is easy to use. Took some work with the tech reps to get it to operate correctly with my system, but they continued to offer suggestions and help until we had it fixed. Good tech assist.
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i had 2 gopros already so... no brainer.
3D is a bit tricky and time consuming to edit.... looks really impressive.... this product gives you full 3d HD footage and as long as your into working with the clips on a clip to clip basis... you'll get good results. This product does what it says... gopros are a little temperamental with this contraption, but I find the whole thing works 97 percent of the time. 100 bucks for 3D. I'm happy with purchase.
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I have been using this set up for about 1 1/2 years now and have been happy with it as a basic water insensitive 3D video camera.

As for all the comments about getting the two cameras to sync together ... well it is a HUGE problem if you are using the later firmware for the cameras. I just wanted to note that I installed the OLD firmware software on the cameras (spring 2012 vintage firmware I believe) and ALL the syncing problems disappeared. I have not had any problems with starting /stopping /syncing since then. You can check out on the internet about the firmware problem for the cameras, it is a well known issue, and find instructions for how to install the old firmware on your cameras (it is a PITA - but after about 6 tries I got it to take on one camera, then the second one took about 3 tries) and how to download it from GoPro (it is really hidden).

It would be nice if the new 3's were finally enabled for 3D, particularly the Black edition, since that would increase their functionality for me quite a bit. (looking forward to a full 4K 60p 3D system from GoPro!)

One bit of caution about video filming with these cameras: Since the field of view of the GoPros is so wide it is easy to end up with part of finger / hand /or something fixed such as a vehicle pillar etc. in the field of view of one camera but not in the field of view other camera. That destroys the 3D effect in addition to being extremely annoying, annoying to the extent of headache inducing if trying to watch that video in 3D playback mode..

This is a nice product from GoPro, which after you solve the start/stop/syncing problem does a nice job as a basic outdoors/underwater 3D camera system.
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