Google partners with GoPro to bring virtual reality video to YouTube

By Justin Kahn
May 28, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img alt="google gopro youtube " src="" /></p> <p>Announced today in San Francisco at <a href="">Google&rsquo;s I/O conference</a>, the search giant is partnering up with action cam leader GoPro in an all new virtual reality endeavor. While the all-immersive technology hasn&rsquo;t yet caught on in the mainstream, Google and GoPro are definitely looking to help the cause with the Jump platform.</p> <p>Jump is essentially a 360 degree video platform, consisting of both hardware and software elements, It can convert typical raw video footage into VR-like experiences, among other things.</p> <p><img alt="google gopro youtube " src="" /></p> <p>GoPro&rsquo;s initial offering will be a Jump compatible <a href="">camera array</a> that can handle as many 16 individual action cams. The 360-Degree Camera Array carries GoPro Hero 4s and use Jump to sync them all up. The platform can deliver &ldquo;accurate depth correct stereo&quot; and seamless 360 degree videos, by making use of advanced color and exposure calibration.&nbsp;</p> <p>Google is also expanding support for Jump to YouTube. Jump&rsquo;s 360 videos sound as though they will be viewable on both web and YouTube&rsquo;s a mobile apps, along with having full support for Google Cardboard.</p> <p>The Jump Assembler will be available to select partners worldwide in the coming months. If you&rsquo;re in the market for a giant 16 camera array, you&rsquo;ll have to wait until July for more details and pricing on the GoPro system.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href=''></a></p>[/parsehtml]

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