Back-Bone Gear Ribcage AIR Modified GoPro HERO4 Black for 3DR Solo

Back-Bone Gear Ribcage AIR Modified GoPro HERO4 Black for 3DR Solo

Back-Bone Gear Ribcage AIR Modified GoPro HERO4 Black for 3DR Solo


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Product Highlights

  • Custom Modified HERO4 Black
  • Mount M12, CS-Mount, C-Mount Lenses
  • Use Zooms, Macros, Telephotos
  • Supports 4K30, 2.7K60, and 1080p Video
  • All-Aluminum Housing Construction
  • Use On-Camera Filters / Remove IR Cut
  • Capture 12MP Photos at 30 fps
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Optimized for 3DR Solo / Solo Gimbal
  • Custom Back-Bone GOcase Included
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Back-Bone Gear BBRC2002BA overview

  • 1Description

Move beyond just wide and ultra-wide POV-style shots with the Ribcage AIR GoPro HERO4 Black from Back-Bone Gear. Based on a modified GoPro HERO4 Black, this action camera features an adaptable lens mounting system ready for use with M12, CS-Mount, and C-Mount lenses. With an accessory (available separately), it can also work with vintage Bolex and D-Mount movie camera lenses. The lens mounting system additionally enables the use of up to two on-camera filters of different sizes, such as NDs and custom wavelength-passing filters. For IR shooting, you can even remove the original IR cut filter. The camera has been designed with the 3DR Solo quadcopter in mind and will work with the Solo 3-axis gimbal when using M12 lenses weighing less than 0.4 ounces.

In the box you will find all of the original GoPro HERO4 Black accessories. The original GoPro HERO4 lens – suitably modified – is also included (other lenses available separately). As an added bonus, a custom GOcase clamshell is also included.

Note: M12 lenses under 0.4 ounces recommended for Solo and other GoPro gimbals. Back-Bone's 'DEAD WEIGHT' gimbal balancing kit for Solo (available separately) is recommended for best results and to reduce wear on the gimbal. CS- and C-Mount lens types are too heavy for GoPro-based gimbals. These are recommended only for larger platforms

Ribcage AIR Mods for 3DR Solo / Quadcopters

Custom All-Aluminum Housing
A standard GoPro HERO4 Black has been re-housed in aluminum frame for enhanced durability. The housing features an interchangeable lens mount for using movie camera, CCTV, and specialty lenses as well as on-camera filters. Benefits of these lenses include manual focus control, depth-of-field control, macro shooting, optical zoom, and iris control. In the box there is a removable tripod mount and for further versatility it can be paired with the EXO Mini Mounting Bracket (available separately)
Interchangable Lens Design
Frame the shot the way you visualized it with the aid of a plethora of lens choices. Out of the box, the Ribcage AIR HERO4 Black works with M12 (S-Mount), CS-Mount, and C-Mount lenses as well as accessories for them. With suitable adapters (available separately), you can also fit the camera with Bolex and D-Mount lenses. An adjustable flange distance ensures sharp backfocus no matter what lens system you use

Note: Lenses available separately. Only M12 lenses weighing less than 0.4 ounces should be used with GoPro gimbals. CS- and C-Mount lens types are too heavy for GoPro based gimbals
Use Custom Filters
You won't need filters for all your different lenses anymore, just for the camera. Now you can use ND, cold-mirror, NDVI, and other custom wavelength filters with your M12 lenses, or lenses that have no filter threads on the front. You can also remove the HERO4 Black's IR cut filter for IR shooting or use in the dark with IR illumination. Up to two filters can be used at a time

Note: The IR cut filter must be in place when using the camera for the first time
Removable Mounting Rings
All of the compatible lens mounting rings are removable for filter replacement and sensor cleaning
Custom Back-Bone GOcase
Back-Bone has teamed up with GOcase to create a special case just for the Ribcage. Carry your Ribcage or standard GoPro camera, lenses, and accessories in style. Featuring GOcase's QwikPik foam cube system and 4-layer construction, you can pluck individual cubes to create a custom fit inside the case
  • Removable accessory pouch
  • Water-resistant hard shell and waterproof zipper
  • Microsuede lining for protection from scratches
  • Includes carabiner, loop, and handle

Standard HERO4 Black Features

2x Faster Processor than HERO3+ Black Edition
The redesigned processor is twice as fast as the one in the HERO3+ Black Edition. This enables 4K30 recording as well as 2.7K recording at up to 60 fps, 1080p slow-motion recording at 120 fps, and 720p slow-motion at 240 fps

Note: Please ensure your camera is updated to the latest firmware to take advantage of all of these frame rates
Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Pair the HERO4 with a mobile device running the GoPro App or use the separately available Smart Remote. With the app, you can preview, playback, and share your favorite shots via email, text, Facebook, Instagram, and more. With the Smart Remote, it is possible to control up to 50 cameras from distances of up to 600' line-of-sight. The advantage of using Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi – where supported – is reduced power consumption
GoPro App and Studio Software
Expand your GoPro experience with the free GoPro App and GoPro Studio software. The GoPro App allows you to control your camera remotely using your phone or tablet, view and share your content, and watch "best of" videos on the GoPro Channel. Use GoPro Studio to create your own engaging GoPro-style videos to share with the world
Up to 12-Megapixel Photos
While in the 12-megapixel photo mode, it is possible to record a high-speed burst at up 30 fps, helping you capture action stills at just the right moment. The following photo settings are available:
  • 12MP (Default): Wide; 4000 x 3000
  • 7MP: Wide, Medium; 3000 x 2250
  • 5MP: Medium; 2560 x 1920
Simultaneous Video and Photo
Record video and capture Time Lapse photos at the same time. Available intervals are 5, 10, 30 and 60 seconds. The following settings are supported:
  • 1440p: 24; Ultra Wide, Medium
  • 1080p: 30, 25, 24; Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow
  • 1080p SuperView: 30, 25, 24; Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow
  • 720p: 60, 50, 30, 25; Ultra Wide1, Medium, Narrow
  • 720p SuperView: 60, 50; Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow
Continuous Photo (Up to 30 Seconds)
Hold down the shutter button to continuously capture a series of photos until the button is released

Continuous Interval
  • 3 photos/1 second (Default)
  • 5 photos/1 second
  • 10 photos/1 second
Photo Bursts
Capture up to 30 photos per second. The following settings are available:
  • 30 photos/1 second (default), 30 photos/2 seconds, 30 photos/3 seconds
  • 10 photos/1 second, 10 photos/2 seconds, 10 photos/3 seconds
  • 5 photos/1 second
  • 3 photos/1 second
Video Time-Lapse
Rather than having to stitch together JPEG images in post, this mode automatically creates video from frames captured at set intervals. This mode is exclusively available in 4K and 2.7K 4:3 resolutions

Note: Please ensure you are updated to the latest firmware to use this feature
Night Photo and Night Lapse
Take photos at user-defined intervals to use in time-lapse videos. It is also possible to set an exposure time of up to 30 seconds per shot – whether in time-lapse or single shot – which is ideal for outdoor nighttime work. The following Night Lapse interval settings are available:
  • 15, 20, 30, and 60 seconds
  • 2, 5, 30, and 60 minutes
Protune for Photo and Video
Protune unlocks the camera's full potential, delivering minimally compressed video optimized for professional productions, with advanced manual controls for photos and video. Flex your creativity with customizable settings for color, ISO limit, white balance, sharpness and exposure. Protune is available for all video and photo resolutions
HiLight Tag
HiLight Tag enables you to mark key moments while recording so you can locate your favorite clips later for convenient playback, editing, or sharing using the GoPro App or GoPro Studio. Just press the dedicated button on the camera or Smart Remote, or use the GoPro App to tag your highlights
This mode turns the GoPro into a one-button camera, allowing you to power on and start recording automatically with the press of a single button. Press once to record video, press and hold for two seconds to capture Time Lapse photos
Selectable FOV
Three field of view settings are offered: Ultra Wide, Medium, and Narrow. These help you choose the preferred perspective, be it wide-angle and inclusive, medium for a bit of focus, or close-up

Note: Effective field of view will depend on the lens used
Audio Acquisition
There is an internal mono mic, and it is possible to record from an external source using a separately available 3.5mm mic adapter. An integrated ADC (analog-to-digital converter) in the HERO4 Black enables compatibility with a wider variety of professional, low-sensitivity external mics for immersive stereo audio capture and enhanced performance – whether recording voices, an acoustic jam session, or a live show
Dedicated Settings Button
A single button provides direct access to the camera settings. In addition, the menu has been redesigned from the HERO3+ Edition to make navigation simpler
Record a continuous video loop that overwrites itself until you press the shutter button to stop it and save
Auto Low Light
Automatically adjusts the frame rate for optimal performance under low-light conditions
Underwater Housing
The original GoPro HERO4 Standard Housing (131') is included. For waterproof use, it is recommended that you also source the BacPack backdoor for Standard Housing and use Back-Bone Gear's 7.5mm Low-Profile lens with M12 mount. Both of these items available separately
In the Box
Back-Bone Gear Ribcage AIR Modified GoPro HERO4 Black for 3DR Solo
  • Rechargeable Battery for HERO4
  • Standard Housing
  • Original GoPro Lens (Ribcage Adapted)
  • 2 x IR Cut Filter (15 mm)
  • IR Cut Filter Holder / Spacer
  • Micro Allen Key
  • Spare Screws, L-Keys, and Hardware
  • Curved Adhesive Mount
  • Flat Adhesive Mount
  • 2 x Quick Release Buckle
  • 3-Way Pivot Arm
  • USB Cable
  • Custom Back-Bone GOcase
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Back-Bone Gear BBRC2002BA specs

    Lens Mount M12 (S-Mount), CS-Mount , C-Mount
    D-Mount, Bolex with separately available adapters
    System NTSC/PAL
    Recording Media microSD/SDHC/SDXC Up To 64 GB

    Note: Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required. See GoPro website for list of latest recommended cards.
    Video Format 4K
    3840 x 2160p / 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps
    High Definition
    2704 x 2028p / 30 fps / 25 fps
    High Definition
    2704 x 1520p / 60 fps / 50 fps / 48 fps
    High Definition
    2704 x 1520p / 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps
    High Definition
    1920 x 1440p / 80 fps / 60 fps / 50 fps
    High Definition
    1920 x 1440p / 48 fps
    High Definition
    1920 x 1440p / 60 fps / 50 fps / 48 fps
    High Definition
    1920 x 1440 / 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps
    High Definition
    1920 x 1080p / 120 fps / 90 fps / 80 fps
    High Definition
    1920 x 1080p / 60 fps / 50 fps / 48 fps
    High Definition
    1920 x 1080p / 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps
    High Definition
    1280 x 960p / 120 fps / 60 fps / 50 fps
    High Definition
    1280 x 720p / 240 fps / 120 fps / 60 fps
    High Definition
    1280 x 720p / 50 fps / 30 fps / 25 fps
    Standard Definition
    848 x 480p / 240 fps
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 12 Megapixel, 4000 x 3000 (4:3) JPEG: 7 Megapixel, 3000 x 2250 (4:3) JPEG: 5 Megapixel, 2560 x 1920 (4:3)
    Channels 1.0-Channel Mono

    Note: Mono built-in mic; stereo recording possible with separately available external microphone and adapter
    Audio Format AAC with AGC
    Exposure Control
    Interval Recording
    • .5 sec
    • 1 sec
    • 2 sec
    • 5 sec
    • 10 sec
    • 30 sec
    • 60 sec
    Depth Rating 131' / 39.9 m (with housing )

    Note: The original GoPro HERO4 Standard Housing (131') is included. For waterproof use, it is recommend you also source the BacPack backdoor for Standard Housing and use Back-Bone Gear's 7.5mm Low-Profile lens with M12 mount. Both of these items available separately
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1x Mini-USB
    1x HDMI D (Micro)

    Note: USB port also serves as mic input using separately available 3.5mm adapter. Also supports composite output using a separately available A/V cable
    System Requirements Mac
    • OS X 10.8+
    • Core 2 Duo Processor or greater
    • 4 GB RAM

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    • Core 2 Duo Processor or greater
    • 4 GB RAM
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.8 VDC, 1160 mAh, Providing up to 1.5 Hours per Charge
    Charging Method USB
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 6.1 x 3.9"

    Back-Bone Gear BBRC2002BA reviews

    Ribcage AIR Modified GoPro HERO4 Black for 3DR Solo is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth the money. I've been using this Ribcage AIR mod on my Solo 3dr for about 7 months now and I've tried to like it but it's not worth 1k as this is a hefty price tag for an action cam. It renders the original GoPro lens useless. I've tried to get the original lens to focus but no matter what I do it will not focus, I've tried the extender but it's still just a blurry pic. If you record videos less than 2.7k quality (1080p 120 fps) the footage is almost useless you have to get real creative. Do yourself a favor and save your money!!!!!
    Date published: 2016-11-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This other guy? Wow. Please don't listen to the review of a man who can't focus an S-Mount fish eye lens onto the camera it was intended for (prince). I have used everything from machine vision lenses, fisheye lenses, to really high end Super 8 Cine Lenses (Angenieux T1.4 6-80mm, and the Leica 10mm/1.8 Macro-Cinegon produce excellent results at 2.7/4K with cinematic functionality) on several of these cameras. As long as you know what you are doing during production and post, it has a great bang for buck ratio.
    Date published: 2017-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect for drones and stabilizers The small footprint lets me hook this up to my 3dr and get distortion free footage with a multitude of lenses. And going handheld I get super smooth video on my gimbal. Getting rid of the GoPro lens is a godsend. As much as I love the GoPro, the super wide angle distortion lens is annoying to work with in post. Now, i put on an M12 lens and I'm good to go.
    Date published: 2017-01-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful but challenging to work with. I bought this specifically because I wanted to eliminated the distortion issues that are inherent to GoPro's internal ultrawide lens while flying my 3DR Solo. The challenge with this camera is focusing with whatever M12 lens you're using. You have to manually focus the lens by screwing into the mounting ring to the correct depth. The recommended procedure is to hook up a monitor to the camera with an HDMI cable so you can see in clear detail what you're focusing on. The GoPro screen back doesn't have anywhere near the resolution for this, especially since you're almost certainly wanting to focus at infinity for drone use. I purchased one more expensive M12 from Back Bone and a more affordable one from B&H, the Back Bone lens did come with a locking ring that you can tighten against the mount, making it more ideal for drone use.
    Date published: 2017-04-11
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