Timecode Systems and 360RIZE have joined forces to develop a unique virtual reality (VR) acquisition solution that delivers the efficiency benefits of professional standard timecode synchronization to VR and 360 filming. Dubbed SyncBac VR, the companies’ joint solution combines a new, bespoke 360RIZE multi-camera rig designed to house GoPro HERO4 cameras with SyncBac PRO units attached, with VR-friendly updates to Timecode Systems’ SyncBac PRO sync product for GoPro cameras and BLINK Hub app.
The momentum for developing VR technology is showing no signs of slowing down, but there is one thing that has persistently frustrated 360 content producers – the lack of a professional alternative to the time-consuming, manual process of synchronizing multiple streams of non-timecoded GoPro footage. Timecode Systems and 360RIZE recognized by sharing and combining their technologies they could provide a solution by taking the guesswork out of the acquisition of VR content and enabling it to be stitched together with increased speed, ease and complete accuracy.
However, SyncBac VR is not just about sync; the ability to remotely control multiple cameras in a 360 rig is an equally important benefit of this system. Using a Timecode Systems’ :pulse to connect each SyncBac PRO unit in the 360RIZE VR rig to the BLINK Hub device control app unlocks the capability to remotely control all cameras simultaneously. From one screen on a smartphone, tablet or Mac you can set multiple GoPros in a VR rig to start or stop recording simultaneously. The app also makes it easy to identify low battery on a camera promptly before it hinders filming and you can even alter the resolution, frame rate and other vital camera settings for all the GoPros in a rig globally at the single press of a button.
With both companies adopting a modular approach to their products, users have complete flexibility to build the perfect solution for their shoot – whether it’s a six or 24 camera rig. In addition, the same SyncBac PROs used one day in the VR rig can be used the next to film alongside mainstream television cameras and professional audio in a more traditional broadcast multi-camera set up; it’s the same professional technology, simply configured in a different way.
At the 2017 NAB Show, Timecode Systems (Central Hall) is inviting delegates to join them at booth C2746 to experience this exciting new technology and see how it integrates with all their solutions to create the most cohesive VR workflow solution on the market. 360Rize (North Hall) would also like to invite everyone to join them at NAB 2017 booth N318VR to see the complete line of 360 Plug-n-Play™ modular gear.