Google Jump and GoPro Spherical offer new options in the expanding world of VR content. Hear all about it and more in this collection of industry news.Following last week’s Code Conference and Google I/O gathering there’s been plenty of exciting news in the world of filmmaking and videography. Here are a few more recent announcements that you might have missed.Google JumpImage from Seattle TimesGoogle Photos wasn’t the only announcement at last week’s Google I/O gathering. The company also revealed that they’ve teamed up with GoPro to create Jump, a completely insane VR camera rig comprised of 16 GoPro HERO4 Blacks. Jump’s tagline is “Experiences like you’re actually there.” What does that mean? According to Google:The Jump rig consists of 16 camera modules in a circular array. The size of the rig and the arrangement of the cameras are optimized to work with the Jump Assembler software, which transform 16 pieces of video into stereoscopic VR video. Jump assembles 360 videos that allow you to experience a scene in every direction. Perfect stereo ensures that near things look near, far things look far. Our 3D alignment approach creates a beautiful, seamless panorama, so you you won’t see borders where cameras are spliced together. Assembled 3D videos are super high resolution – the equivalent of five 4k TVs playing at once.All of this 360 VR 3D action will work hand in hand with the Google Cardboard goggles as well as having a home on YouTube.GoPro Spherical SolutionsGoogle Jump isn’t GoPro’s only dip into the VR waters. Following the company’s April announcement of its acquisition of Kolor, CEO Nick Woodman revealed that his company was working on a rig that combines six GoPro Hero cameras to create spherical shots. According to Matthew Panzarino of Tech Crunch:CEO Nick Woodman says that when Facebook bought Oculus, the ‘gauntlet was dropped’ and GoPro started work on a spherical setup that could generate content for virtual reality and augmented reality systems. Woodman also said that the company has software in ‘alpha’ right now inside the company that allows users to auto-sync their GoPro cameras to the cloud so they can access their footage. This is still in the ‘early stages,’ Woodman said, but this would theoretically allow people to view and edit without ever “having to touch an SD card or touch a USB cord.”This news, plus Woodman’s announcement of the upcoming GoPro quadcopter and the recent news that the affordable Hero+ LCD will now come with a built-in touchscreen (delivering 1080p60 video and 8MP photos) means that the next year should be pretty exciting for GoPro fans. More information on GoPro’s spherical rig can be found on their website. For more about the Hero+ LCD, check out this great article from Gizmodo.Blackmagic FirmwareThe Blackmagic brand hasn’t always been synonymous with awesome firmware, but over the last year they have upped their game by releasing many updates to every one of their cameras. Just this week Blackmagic unveiled a new update for the Production Camera 4K that brings some welcome improvements in terms of usability. Notable additions include:Added support for more frame guidesUpdated camera utilitiesHolding down MENU will bypass the dashboardWhile these updates certainly aren’t earth-shattering, they are a friendly reminder that Blackmagic is taking usability very seriously now, which is great for the industry as a whole. To download the latest firmware update head on over to Blackmagic’s support page.Check back here on the PremiumBeat blog for all of the latest news about filmmaking, editing, and motion graphics. If you haven’t seen already there was also a few other big announcements from GoPro, AJA, and Google this last week.What’s your experience with 360 filmmaking? Have you run into any limitations? Share your insights in the comments below.
Tom FennarioAPTN NewsLeah Unaluk made history this year.The 35 year old became the first Inuk in in her community of Puvirnituq ,QC to become a court clerk.“It’s easier for Inuit to have someone, an Inuk who can speak to them if they don’t understand,” said UnalukUnaluk does double duty, also serving as a translator for Quebec’s travelling court when it comes to her community.But according to testimony heard Friday at the Quebec Inquiry into Relations with Indigenous Peoples and Certain Public Services in Kuujjuaraapik, Nunavik, Inuit defendants may have translation during trial, but they are sorely lacking it beforehand and afterwards.“The defence lawyers don’t have interpreters with them when they have to meet with their clients, and that’s just when there’s the communication break downs, just before the court starts,” testified Phoebe Atagotaaluk, justice committee coordinator for Inukjuak, Quebec.Justice committees serve as a kind of liaison between Inuit communities and Quebec’s travelling court that passes through their villages. The Quebec inquiry heard testimony from Atagotaaluk and two justice committee coordinators.During their presentation they laid out several major concerns, including what they say is excessive over policing of Inuit in Nunavik.“In the past one of our supervisors at the Makivik Justice department was trying to plead with the crowns and the judges that to always give the condition to not consume alcohol or drugs, it was just setting people up to breach. The condition to maintain peace and good order, should be enough,” testified Martin Scott, administrator of the Justice Committee of Aupaluk, Qc.In 2015, APTN News spent a week with Quebec’s travelling court.Out of the 181 charges on the docket, 31 percent were “breaches of conditions”.Earlier this week Johnny Anautak of Akulivik, QC testified that police in Nunavik purposefully target Inuit with “no drinking” conditions in order to get travel perks that come with accompanying detainees down south.“When they have conditions right away they arrest them cause they want to send them down south, so they can have a flight , free flight,” said Anautak. The justice committee coordinators also testified that the constant travel back and forth between Nunavik communities for trial and detention centres in the south causes emotional stress and eats into resources.Resources that could go into more permanent funding for alternative measures to keep Inuit from reoffending.“If it’s women, we ask them if they can do sewing and give back to the community, that’s the first that we ask if they can sew parkas or snow pants and for men if they can go out hunting and share with elders,” explained Atagotaaluk. Leah Unaluk credits her community’s justice committee with helping her turn her life around.Four years ago a drunk driving charge landed her prison time.But a reduced sentence and support from the committee once home led her to where she is today.“I was going through tough times, but now I’m so proud of myself for working as a court clerk and interpreter,” said UnalukAs for addressing problems in the justice system up north, her solution is straight forward.“I would like to encourage Inuit to become workers of the court because we would understand each other more, and help our people,” said [email protected]@tfennario