Google made an exciting announcement for video content creators during its annual developer conference. Beginning this summer, Google will be launching a new platform named JUMP that should make it easier for people to record, stitch, and publish stereoscopic virtual reality video.
Google’s launch partner, GoPro, will soon begin selling a JUMP-compatible 360-degree camera array made for 16 GoPro cameras. The price has yet to be announced, but the price of 16 GoPro cameras alone is enough to scare away most people.
Fortunately, the JUMP platform itself seems camera agnostic. GoPro’s rig seems to solve problems of synchronizing camera exposure and recording timing. During the keynote demo, it showed how Google’s software can be used to smooth out many issues post-capture.
While open, 3D-printable rigs for VR or stereoscopic video capture have been around for years, the challenges of processing and viewing content have prevented widespread adoption. The JUMP platform may finally connect the dots between recording, compiling, publishing and viewing, breaking VR video to the masses.