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Zoom - H3-VR (VR 360-Degree Audio Recorder)

Whether you're a game developer, filmmaker or musician, virtual reality is the undeniable future of content creation. While 360-video is exploding in popularity, the ability to easily create 360-audio has lagged behind, until now.

The Zoom H3-VR virtual reality audio recorder is the complete solution for capturing and processing spatial audio for VR, AR and mixed-reality content. With a built-in Ambisonic mic, recorder and decoder, the H3-VR puts 360-audio in the palm of your hand.

In the past, capturing VR audio required a dedicated Ambisonic mic, a separate recorder and a computer for encoding the audio from raw Ambisonics A format to VR-ready Ambisonics B format. Now, with the H3-VR, all of the encoding and decoding is done on board, saving time, money and effort at every step.

The H3-VR's compact, conical design captures audio from multiple angles without getting in the way of the camera or the action. Auto Mic Position and Level Detection make placing the H3-VR simple. Whether positioned upright, upside down, endfire or endfire inverted, the H3-VR automatically calibrates so your audio and video are already aligned for post.

Staying out of the shot can be tricky when recording a 360-degree video, which is why the H3-VR Control App lets you remotely access transport controls, level settings, and metadata notes right from your iOS device.

The H3-VR's companion Zoom Ambisonics Player software takes the work out of post-production by easily converting your Ambisonics files to Stereo, Binaural, 5.1ch surround and more. Play, trim, re-orientate and export your audio files in minutes.

Includes

  • H3-VR Handy Recorder
  • Foam windscreen
  • Dual mounting bracket
  • AA batteries

Features

  • 4 built-in mics arranged in an Ambisonic array
  • Full-sphere surround sound recording
  • Single-knob gain control of all input levels
  • Onboard Ambisonics A to B decoding
  • Three recording modes: Ambisonics, Stereo Binaural or Standard Stereo
  • Record up to 24bit/96kHz
  • Stereo binaural monitoring of Ambisonics signal
  • Headphone output and line output
  • Slate tone
  • Extensive metadata
  • Auto Mic Position Detection using 6-axis gyroscope (upfront, endfire,
  • upside-down, endfire inverted)
  • Level Function to ensure precise angle placement
  • Wireless iOS remote control available through the BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter
  • Onboard Ambisonics playback with audio rotation
  • Accurate internal clock with .5ppm discrepancy
  • USB 2.0 Audio Interface Mode
  • Zoom PC/Mac post-production software to play, change a direction, and convert to binaural, stereo, and 5.1ch surround file
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries or USB bus power
  • Records to SD card up to 512GB

Specifications

  • Recording Formats
  • Ambisonics A, Ambisonics B (FuMa/AmbiX): WAV 4ch poly (supports BWF and iXML): 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 44.1 kHz/24-bit, 48 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit, 96 kHz/16-bit, 96 kHz/24-bit
  • Stereo: WAV stereo (supports BWF and iXML): 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 44.1 kHz/24-bit, 48kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit, 96 kHz/16-bit, 96 kHz/24-bit
  • Binaural: WAV stereo (supports BWF and iXML): 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 44.1 kHz/24-bit, 48kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit

    General
  • Recording Media: Cards compatible with microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC specifications (Class 4 or higher)
  • Display: 1.25" monochrome LCD (96x64)
  • Motion sensor: 6 axes (3-axis gyro, 3-axis acceleration)
  • Built-in Ambisonic mic: 4 matched unidirectional condenser mics
  • Maximum sound pressure input: 120 dB SPL
  • Mic gain: +18 - +48 dB
  • Line Out Connector: 3.5 mm stereo mini
  • Maximum output level: -10 dBu (1 kHz, 10 kΩ load)
  • Phone Out Connector: 3.5 mm stereo mini
  • Maximum output level: 20 mW + 20 mW (into 32Ω load)
  • USB Connector: microUSB
  • Mass storage operation: USB 2.0 High Speed
  • Audio interface operation: 2 in/2 out (stereo/binaural input), USB 2.0 Full Speed; 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/16-bit; 4 in/2 out (Ambisonics A/FuMa/AmbiX input), USB 2.0 High Speed; 44.1 kHz/24-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit
  • Power: 2 AA batteries (alkaline, rechargeable NiMH or lithium); AC adapter (ZOOM AD-17): DC 5V/1A (supports USB bus power)
  • Estimated continuous recording time using batteries: 48 kHz/24-bit, FuMa Rec Mode; Alkaline batteries: about 11.5 hours; NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): about 11.5 hours; Lithium batteries: about 24 hours
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 2.99" x 3.07" x 4.84" (76 mm x 78 mm x 123 mm)
  • Weight (main unit only): 4.23 oz. (120 g)

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