Amazing 360 video by BBC ‘Titanosaur’ In VR With David Attenborough.

The 360 video was a three-month production, according to Deane, that shot at England’s historic Pinewood Studios. It was a 3 month production. We filmed Sir David, on a scissor lift, against green screen at Pinewood Studios shot at 6K 60fps on a Red Dragon. The quality of the video is top notch. It really can’t get better then that. Well, maybe if it was in 3D…

BBC is currently producing a series of 360 videos that will be published in October once the first batch of VR headsets hits the market. This video is a great example of using the 360 medium. VR being used together blending of live action and CG that conveys an epic sense of scale. What is here more to say, just go see the video!

Samsung Gear 360 camera looks familiar

Samsung Gear 360 camera to be released soon. Check out how the camera looks and sample videos. Stiching is not perfect as for video quality it seems that its on the same level as the Kodak SP 360 4K camera. See for yourself:

The camera can create a live preview of what the Gear 360’s dual, 195-degree fisheye lenses are seeing and capture 30 megapixel still images up to 3840 x 1920 resolution, which would be a higher-than-average resolution than other cams out there. Two microphones also mean the Gear 360 can record audio in stereo.

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Each lens has a light f/2.0 and see’s 195 degree’s fov. The camera can record video and with help of the new Samsung S7 it can stich and create timelapse in full 360 degree’s. The user can look around the scene all around.

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Behind the lenses the camera offers a 15 megapixel sensor. Pictures have 30 MP and videos have a resolution fine resoution to work with. The camera can also record with just one lens but with a lower fov od 180 degrees and half the quality.

We don’t have any information about stabilization or is the camera water proof. Samsung Gear 360 comes with a mini tripod and looks super cool like a toy from the future and will have to wait a little longer until the camera gets into the hands of consumers. Samsung is betting on home video will be big on VR and it could introduce it to more people who would have never tried it otherwise. It’s in Samsung’s interest to let people easily create spherical videos and  more VR content to be created and consumed on Samsung Gear VR.

The product is supposed to retail at $399 and is aimed to consumers. This makes it a lot more accessible for many people then the announced a while ago Project Beyond and thats good news.

Hacking arduino Dual Mobius Cameras wireless remote for 3D/360 video.

Mobius cameras are cheap. They can deliver 720p@60FPS, or 1080p@30FPS. The main problem for using them to shoot 360 or 3D video is that there is no way to simultaneously trigger the record button. There is no remote control like in goPro. The cameras also have a rolling shutter problem, so they need to be kept in one place or at least stabilized with a gimbal. For every need there has to be a solution. Read on if you want to learn more on how this worked out.

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All you need to know about 3D Audio for 360 Video Creators

Very interesting podcast created by a group of 3D audio professionals. People on the live stream talk all about 3D immersive audio, binaural recordings, software and techniques to record sound for VR use. If you are shooting 360 video this is definitely worth the watch. Enjoy!

Who is presenting?
Hosted by Sarah Hill, Chief Storyteller, StoryUP
Varun Nair VP Products, Two Big Ears
Dillion Cower, Software Engineer, Google Jump
Nicholas Whitaker, Media Outreach Manager
Dr. Eric Fassbender, Atmosphaeres Virtual

360 cameras you can buy now – Bublcam vs Theta S vs 360Fly vs PixPro SP360 4K

Gizmodo published a very cool video showing off the most popular 360 cameras that are available on the market right now. Quality and price varies but all I can say that the winner here is the PixPro SP360 4K. It delivers the most sharp video and has the option of using a dual kit to eliminate the blind spot. Watch the video below and see for yourself:

 

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Theta S Dual Lens, 190 degree, 1920 x 180 pixel res. no blind spot
$350

bublcam

Bublcam Quad lens, 160 defree per lens, 1440 x 1440 pixel res. no blind spot
$800

360fly

360Fly Single Lens, 240 degree, 1504 x 1504 pixel res. blind spot visible
$400

 

 

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PixPro SP360 4k Single Lens, 235 degree, 2880 x 2880 blind spot visible
$500
$900 optional Dual Kit no blind spot.