Surf’s Up with GoPro for Rip Curl Video

GoPro has released a new video for the international surf brand, Rip Curl, that uses the first ever mobile, waterproof 48 camera array to capture never-before-seen perspectives of two time world champion surfer, Mick Fanning, doing what he does best in the warm waters of the South Pacific.

The video highlights the capabilities of the GoPro Camera Array and was shot in conjunction with the pioneers of camera array photography, Tim and Callum Macmillan. Additional videos for the Rip Curl campaign featuring this new GoPro Array technology will showcase Rip Curl surfers Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson, Dillon Perillo and Dean Brady.

“At GoPro we’re always looking for new ways to use our cameras, new ways to leverage them to do something that’s never been done before in digital imaging,” says Nicholas Woodman founder and CEO of GoPro. “As an example, GoPro is the first consumer camera company to enable people to combine multiple like-cameras together to form a new type of camera. We first did it with our 3D HERO System which allows you to combine two GoPro cameras together to form a 3D camera, and now we’re experimenting with combining 48 cameras into a unique multi-camera array that enables entirely new forms of content capture. The results are stunning and it’s another great example of how the HD HERO truly is the world’s most versatile HD camera.”

Other notable innovations include the 3D HERO System, an expansion kit for GoPro camera users that allows a filmmaker to connect two 1080p HD HERO cameras together with a synchronization cable to essentially genlock the cameras together for 3D video and photo capture. This same camera synchronization technology that is core to GoPro’s 3D HERO System makes it possible to connect and combine a potentially unlimited number of GoPro cameras into a GoPro Array of cameras.

“We are always looking to lead the way when it comes to camera array effects and identifying new ways to push the limits for creativity and to acquire unique shots,” says Tim Macmillan of Time-Slice Films. “We’ve been waiting for the ideal camera technology to come along to do the video array. It’s like waiting for a wave. You see the wave coming, you start paddling before everyone else and then it hits you and it is GoPro.”