GoPro HD at NAB 2010: Concepts and Upcoming Products
Some companies are just committed to excellence and GoPro is no exception. At NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) 2010 they offered excellent tips and creative options to capture the kind of footage you need.
GoPro has come up with a unique homemade steady cam design adapted from items you probably have lying around the house. Secured using four GoPro Ride HERO Mounts clamped onto a road bike handlebar, the HD HERO is connected via the included component cables to an external monitor for live, wide angle, HD output. A new skeleton housing is currently in development with port holes for AV and HD output, but you can get the same basic effect by altering the existing GoPro housing. The entire unit is powered by an external USB battery and since the HD Hero films in wide angle HD, this ingenious rigged up system records very steadily, perfect for reporting on the go.
Not to worry, GoPro is still working to release the LCD BakPac for Summer 2010. Retailing at just $49.99 US, this expansion pack utilizes the removable back door and innovative expansion port on the back of the camera, the HERO Bus™ to give you an LCD screen on the back of your GoPro HD for on-camera preview and playback.
Available in Spring 2010, GoPro introduces the HD Wrist Mount option. Encased securely in GoPro housing, the camera is clipped into the Velcro wrist band, allowing you to flip it up at moments notice to record, then fasten it back into place, allowing you to get on with your ride, run… whatever.
Some other new developments from GoPro include the Military Helmet Mount Kit and 3D Housing. How cool is this… taking 2 HD HERO’s, combined in a single housing, you are able to film in sync, in stereoscopic 3D, wide angle, 1080p HD. This wicked kit should be on the market near the end of 2010 and makes 3D video an affordable option for the first time ever!
Leading the pack with their innovative ideas and superior technology, GoPro has once again impressed with the pending introduction of these new products. I wonder how many of you are taking the handle bars off your bike right now.