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Kodak sp 360 4K camera mount 3d printed + Xiro Drone

Long time no posts! I have been busy trying to work out how to mount 360 cameras on a consumer drone. As it turns out its possible! I was worried about that the Kodak sp 360 4K dual cameras will be to heavy for a drone like Xiro to get some lift!

Design was done in Autodesk 123D¬†free modeling software. ¬†I first looked at some other 3D printed¬†drone dampers and remixed for using the¬†Kodak 360 4K mount. If you find this interesting or would like to 3D print your own drone mount for 360 cameras please let me know in the comments below! ūüôā

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Facebook annouced a 3D 360 opensource camera

Great news for all 360 video creators coming from F8 – Facebook’s big event.

‚ÄúWe do not have ambitions of getting into the camera business, but we realize there wasn‚Äôt a good reference camera‚ÄĚ Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox told reporters Monday.

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  • Super high-quality footage:¬†17 4-megapixel lenses can shoot in 4K, 6K, and even 8K, dumping the 30-gigabit per second data to a hard drive over USB. The one fish eye lens on top and two on the bottom mean there‚Äôs no hole in the footage above or beneath you, and the pole the camera stands on disappears.
  • Easy post-production required:¬†Genlocking to connect all the lenses the software can do less work so footage is ready for distribution an order of magnitude faster, in a day rather than weeks.

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Facebook is not planning on selling the camera. The camera itself is worth checking out but the real news is that Facebook plans on keeping the stiching software solutions opensource. What does this mean? That other camera manufacturers will be able to use the software and integrate it with thier own hardware.

Plans and software should be released in the next months.

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source: Techcrunch / Facebook F8

VideoStich presents Orah a small 360 live streaming 4K camera

This new camera may be the catalyst of high quality user generated 360 video content. Mainly thanks to its ease of use. The camera supports streams 4K resolution live virtual reality video to headsets – all with the push of a button. Seems to good to be true? Maybe it is but it comes with a pricetag that is not considered low-cost¬†even for early adopters. Starting at¬†$1,795, but once 4/30 hits, the device will be increasing ‚Äúincrementally‚ÄĚ to the final purchase price of $3,595.

Ok, So the price is not great but comparing it to what is currently on the market makes the camera competetive. Today, a lot of business would have to hire someone to rig together 16 GoPros into a specialized rig from companies like Google. Alternatively, they could buy one of the professional 360-degree cameras like the Nokia Ozo … for $60,000.

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VideoStich CEO Nicolas Burtey says:

‚ÄúUntil today, a live VR video production workflow relied on an array of small cameras put together on a holder. Videographers then dealt with multiple cables, power supplies and a variety of small hardware components. Orah removes these inefficiencies and numerous points of failure and lets them focus on what really matters to them for creating compelling content,‚ÄĚ said Burtey in a statement. ‚ÄúWe have developed a solution that streams 4K resolution live virtual reality video to headsets‚Äďall with the push of a button.‚ÄĚ

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If you desire to have a out-of-the-box solution for producing 360 video this camera may something for you. Unfortunately it only supports monoscopic 360 video. Stereo 360 or even plain 180 wide-lens 3D is said to be more immersive then monoscopic video.

Splash app: shoot 360-degree videos on your iPhone

SWSX festival always brings fresh technology news. Viorama, a Berlin-based VR startup, today announced the closed beta launch of Splash: a new innovative app that works in the realm of 360-degree video. All you need is a iPhone. You can watch these videos and create your own panoramic video. The app supports Google Cardboard VR headsets, giving you multiple viewing options. You can also create your own 360-degree videos, and upload them directly to Facebook, or share elsewhere as a link. Very smart idea Рnow its easy to produce and enables people who have no idea about the technical aspects of 360 degree video to make their own content.

 

You can sign up for Splash either with your Facebook account or an email address. Here’s what you can expect from the app:

  • Capture a 360¬į panorama of videos that loop and sound
  • Use touch to control the video
  • UX similar to Snapchat – just shoot & publish!
  • Stereoscopic mode for Google Cardboard and other tray-based headsets with intuitive feed. Preview only video is monoscopic from what we can tell it is not true stereoscopic.
  • Read more about every 360¬į video captured by other users – see notes and location data.
  • Like in 3D: You can tap double anywhere to do a¬†like¬†that gets mapped to the 3D space.
  • See a gallery of the 360¬į videos you captured yourself
  • Share any Splash 360¬į video to Facebook and let your friends experience it in the 360¬į – enabled player on Facebook

You can get started with 360-degree video in Splash now! If you do let us know and leave a link to the video you make.
Free РDownload Now from the appstore.
Featured image via RoadtoVR

Samsung Gear 360 camera at the Oscars

Popular vlogger Casey Neistat published a 360 video showing off Samsung’s new Gear 360. From what we can see quality is better then Ricoh Theta but stiching is still far from perfect. Enjoy Leo getting a Oscar. In 360. What great cool times we live in, eh?

The project was initiated by Samsung PR that reached out to Neistat to film the event. Do you think this kind of documentary vlog style 360 videos will catch on? Only time will tell.

Hugvr is the easiest way to livestream 360¬į video

Norikazu Takagi CEO of Ducklings Inc. living in Japan is¬†making “The easiest way to 360 degree livestream service. Currently supporting Ricoh Theta 360 cameras, soon Gear 360 and ¬†Nikon Keymission & Vuse support is planned.

We reached out to him and asked a few questions. His story is that he would want¬†to attened his grand-sons wedding but he cannot move from bed. Many people may be in a similar situation where they would like to be part of something but cannot because of physical distance. Hugvr letts users easily stream and (coming soon) embed 360 video is about to change that. Head on to HUG(ő≤): https://hugvr.com/and have a look how 360 livestreaming currently works. The¬†company is based in Japan. ¬†http://ducklings.jp/

Norikazu asked about what does he think about the current 360 cameras and what can be improved for user experience replied:

In the next two years, the function will be greatly improved.
A lot of people will have as in the previous digital camera that smartphone will be released. Image quality and FPS will be improved, then users can good experience with HMD .

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‚Äôs 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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