One of the latest cameras to be added to the GoPro camera lineup is the GoPro Fusion. This camera is a 360-degree VR camera. You can use the 360-degree footage to frame and pull out HD video. In this video, author Richard Harrington walks you through how to set up the GoPro Fusion to capture 360 degree VR footage.
- GoPro's latest edition to its camera lineup is the GoPro Fusion. And they sort of advertise the camera as shoot first, point later. That's because it's a 360-degree VR camera. Now you might be thinking, well, I've got no interest in VR. Well, that's really where the shoot first, point later comes in. Because it gives you a full 360-degree of coverage, it's possible to actually capture a very wide area and then pull out high definition video after the fact.
You'll see a little bit later how we can use the software in GoPro to frame the shot or adapt the shot afterwards to pull out just the types of clips that we want. It's the type of camera that you can leave dropped in in an environment or mounted on a great point of view to capture angles and get full coverage of what's happening on a location. Now, let me walk you through some of the core components. It's a lot like a regular GoPro. And you'll see here on the bottom, the standard GoPro-type mount, just the thread mount here that uses the regular type of GoPro thread to attach.
This means that you can use the camera with any type of device. In this case, I've just mounted it to a selfie stick here that we'll use to get the camera a little bit higher later on. Now, if for some reason you don't want to use that mount, this does actually come out. Let's take this off for just a moment. Here we go. And on the bottom here, you'll see a bracket that's built in. I've put my GoPro Fusion in a third-party silicon sleeve here just for some extra protection.
That's going to keep the camera a little bit safer. But on the bottom here, you'll notice these tabs. And these can actually lift up if needed. You see here that flap comes upward. Here we go. And that actually slides right out. So if you don't want to use the GoPro mount, maybe you wanted to set this directly on a desk or a flat surface, you can do that. And it does allow the camera to be positioned in different ways.
There are third-party frames, for example, that this can get mounted in, et cetera. Or maybe you just needed to set in an environment. But in most cases, this GoPro mount just goes on the bottom and it's actually pretty sturdy. It's metal, because the camera's going to be a little bit heavier. So I'll leave those two pieces flipped up and let's just slide that into place there. You'll see that it actually butts against the little stop. And now, we can flip those down. There we go, one, two.
Locks into place. Now, on the side here, it's pretty simple. It's like regular GoPros. You just push the button and slide and what this will do is open up the battery compartment. The GoPro Fusion battery is proprietary. It's not used in any other GoPro camera, but it's very much like the other batteries that GoPro uses. You'll see, for example, that it has a notch on the side there. And if you look inside the camera, you'll see that that easily fits in and with a gentle push, will go flush like such, making it very easy to open or close the door.
Now, with that pulled out, if you look closely inside of the GoPro camera, you'll see that there are two micro SD card slots. One here and one here. These two card slots are tied to each of the lenses on the camera. So one camera writes to the one card and the lens on the other side writes to the other card. I've already put the two micro SD cards in there. Be careful as it's a little bit tiny and you might need to use some tweezers or put some bigger cards in there, so you don't have to frequently change them.
Let's go ahead and put that battery back in. Here we go. Close that up. Now, on this side is a port, very similar to other GoPros. If you press and raise, it'll open and this gives you the ability to plug in a USB-C cable for charging. Unlike most other GoPros, there is no HDMI port for playback because you can't playback the two cameras. The footage has to get processed on your computer and put together. If you need to leave this plugged in and charging, you can actually carefully remove this door just like other GoPros.
Just go ahead and gently pull on that. There's a little release tab there if you're careful. And it comes right off, exposing the hinge. Let's go ahead and slip that back on and close it. Now, when I mount this, it's like every other camera from GoPro. Just carefully place it in, line up the threads, and get it snug. GoPro makes a variety of selfie-type sticks and small tripod mounts. Ideally, what's going to happen is, is that this is going to be extended.
Now, I'm going to take this a little bit higher here, higher than we normally would, 'cause this would be on the ground. But by putting it on a pole-like device here, I can adjust the size to the height that I need, allowing me to get this in a position that I want and have some sort of leveling ball head there at the top. Now, I would suggest if you're using something like this, a device like the Platypod does support the use of a belt system, so you can feed a belt through there to take this around a pole or a system or there's actually screw mounts here, so you can screw this into a platform or attach it with zip ties, so it is sturdy.
You don't want a seven, eight-hundred-dollar camera blowing in the wind and falling over. It wouldn't go very well. Let's go ahead and lower this a little bit. I'll just twist here. There we go. And there we are. Now, what I'd like to do now is show you how this really works. Now, I'll just take it down a little bit, so it's easier for you to see. There we go. And the button system is very much like other GoPros.
If you look closely, you'll notice that there's two sides. One side has a microphone here to really be able to hear what's happening around the camera. And the other side is like that, also has the ability to capture, but is going to replace that microphone with a screen for status updates. For example, I see currently, my memory cards are full. You're doing a lot of shooting on this and it filled itself up. But maybe there's footage on there I can trim or delete. Additionally, there's a power button on the front here.
So if you press that, the camera should power on or off like a regular GoPro. And you can judge the status screen here based on what's happening. Now, if you look, there's a lens on each side. On the front and on the back. So what's happening is essentially, the two lens are shooting outward and they're extremely wide-angle and they essentially overlap. Now, when framing a shot, you don't want to get too close to the side here. There are some dead zones. There's a small dead zone at the bottom of the camera directly below it.
But for the most part, let's call it about 360 degrees of coverage, which is pretty cool. And this is simple enough to press the button and have it start recording. It is going to work with the quick start mode like lots of the other cameras. So if it's off and you press that button, it's going to turn off or turn on and start recording. You can also take advantage of the remote control app to start and stop the camera. It's a lot like any other GoPro, except it's firing two cameras at once. Let's move and talk a little more about what you can with this camera.
- Choosing a GoPro model
- Understanding your GoPro camera's anatomy
- Charging the battery
- Tips to extend battery life
- Accessing video and photo shooting modes
- Setting white balance for videos and photos
- Shooting in Burst or Time-Lapse mode
- Shooting wirelessly
- Capturing VR with the GoPro Fusion
- Essential accessories for every GoPro owner