360 video is becoming an increasingly important part of the virtual reality (VR) landscape. Using multi-sensor camera rigs, users are able to shoot video that can be stitched together and then viewed within a head-mounted display (HMD) to give viewers a feeling of visiting new locations in real life. Many of the videos that viewers will have seen in the past will have been shot using multiple GoPro cameras that have been attached to a rig. This week sees GoPro itself become more directly connected with VR as it has announced an acquisition of 360 video player company, Kolor.
Kolor’s work includes 360 video stitching software as well as a free platform that already features support for the Oculus Rift HMD on its PC-based player and smartphone-based HMDs via an Android and iOS app. Kolor employees will now operate under GoPro and maintain operations at the company’s headquarters in Savoie, France. As part of the announcement, GoPro has revealed a new 360 degree video titled ‘Land, Air and Sea’, which can currently be seen below via Youtube. The video will also arrive on both the Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR HMD in the future.
“We are excited to welcome Kolor to GoPro,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “GoPro’s capture devices and Kolor’s software will combine to deliver exciting and highly accessible solutions for capturing, creating and sharing spherical content.”
Kolor can also be used to watch VRFocus‘ inaugural VR Cast, which can be downloaded here. VRFocus will continue to follow GoPro and its work in VR, reporting back with the latest updates from the company.