So far, GoPro has only confirmed plans for another Max-series camera in an investor call, a follow-up to the 2019 Max 360 action camera.
Only one device capability was mentioned, the ability to shoot 5.3K 360-degree footage with up to 12-bit color depth. GoPro doesn’t usually mention color depth, but the GoPro Hero 10 Black is limited to 8-bit color in the camera.
The document’s real purpose is to outline the GoPro’s remastering system, which is used to convert 360-degree videos into clips that can be easily viewed on a traditional flat screen.
While the majority of its 29 pages read as a boring summary of what the GoPro Max actually does, subsequent pages offer several concepts that show the kind of videos you might be able to easily take with your GoPro Max 2.
GoPro sets “scene” recognition based on clip types, which will take a different approach to framing content automatically based on what’s happening. This can be related to the speed at which the camera is moving, indicating an action-packed scenario, where the camera is pointing and what appears in the scene.
The system is able to recognize, crop, and track people, animals, and vehicles while playing the video.
Much of this is already available in the recently released Insta360 One RS 1in 360 Edition, but more ambitious editing methods have been identified as well.
For example, the patent talks about dynamic multi-view scenarios, where the camera will move, bounce or appear side by side multiple people participating in an interview. Or a simple conversation.
The GoPro demonstrates a mode in which the field of view turns in and out in time with the user’s left and right feet. Others change the width and angle of the angle based on the speed at which the camera travels.
All of these points together build a more intelligent and dynamic editing system picture than what GoPro currently offers, allowing for more intentional robotic adjustments than is possible with the original GoPro Max at the moment.
As always, the usual patent warning applies. The existence of a document like this does not prove that the detailed techniques actually exist. However, this does not read like a speculative patent filing.
GoPro is expected to announce a new Max-series camera this year.