GoPro has released GoPro VR, a new 360-degree video and virtual reality app designed to usher in the next era of action camera imagery.
Designed for both iOS and Android devices, GoPro VR lets smartphone users watch videos shot with specialized GoPro camera rigs, such as their GoPro Omni and GoPro Odyssey in full virtual reality glory.
In combination with GoPro’s latest hardware direction, the app will help create a more streamlined workflow for amateurs and professionals alike. Now, creators can capture, edit and share their virtual reality footage all through GoPro.
Not only can viewers watch previously-captured content, it’s also able to stream live-VR footage, deemed LiveVR.
The idea for GoPro VR is to be immersive in its content, but it’s possible to watch it without a virtual reality headset by swiping across the screen to navigate through the footage. However, when used in conjunction with a virtual reality headset, be it Google Cardboard or another device, a simple tap of the ‘Headset’ button will automatically convert the footage into the correct format to create the immersive experience.
The app is free to download, but the content is still limited at the moment. GoPro did make virtual reality capture slightly more accessible with their $5,000 Omni, a steal compared to the $15,000 Odyssey, but it’s still a big price to pay. Over time though, both GoPro and third party content creators will fill the app with more and more content.