Category Archives: 360 camera

Garmin Launches extremely well crafted 360 degree camera

One click 360 video solved? The company is well known for their products in the car industry mainly in hardware. They made GPS navigation before it was even cool. As this market has been taken over by software  Google Maps it’s interesting that they made a 360 degree camera for rugged users. On board camera stiching and waterproof with no case makes this a sound peace of equipment to have around.

Introducing the  VIRB® 360

Defining a New Standard for Full-sphere 360 Video and Audio Capture

If it’s worth remembering, it’s worth a VIRB 360. This rugged, waterproof camera is true to its name, recording the full 360 degrees — horizontally and vertically. And you can forget about timely post-production work, because VIRB 360 will auto-stitch¹ your 4K footage in camera. If you’re looking for higher resolution, you can record video in unstitched 5.7K resolution at 30fps.

Dig this:

Video resolution 5.7K/30FPS, unstitched; 5K/30 FPS, unstiched; 4K/30FPS, stitched; 3K/60FPS, unstitched

The 5.7K unstiched will let you drop it into Kolor’s Autopano video and get footage even greater then what the camera will offer out of the box.

Edit Videos and Livestream on the Go

With the free, easy-to-use VIRB Mobile app and VIRB Edit desktop software, you can edit, stabilize, share and add data overlays to videos.

Features to be aware of:

  • On-device stitching only up to 4K/30fps
  • Stabilization is applied using VIRB Mobile app or VIRB Edit desktop software and is only available for videos stitched in camera
  • G-Metrix augmented reality overlays are added using mobile or desktop app before sharing
  • 4K stitched-in-camera default setting
  • Livestreaming only available on compatible Apple® devices
    See Garmin.com/virbapp for compatibility
    Voice control available for English (U.S., U.K.), French, Italian, German, Spanish, Swedish, Japanese and Mandarin

This camera seems to hit a lot of points in any 360 video producers. Ease of use? Check. One click stable 360 video ? Check. But…

VR compatible yes

One thing you won’t get out of the box in this setup is stereo 360 video that currently is the gold standard of 360 videos. 3D is just way cooler then you can imagine but maybe more software developers will figure out how to generate 3D 360 video from monoscopic capture.

Get your pre orders here on Garmin

Sample Video (really cool!)

Kanda 3D Virtual Reality Camera

Kandao a fairly new name in the industry just announced a new camera. The company is from China where the VR industry is getting wide spread. The price point of this camera makes it a product that can compete with the big guys. To give you perspective this is 1/10’th o the price of a Nokia OZO.  

Kandao Obsidian 3D VR Camera

KanDao Obsidian 3D Virtual Reality Camera
Designed for the content creators, Obsidian combines state-of-the-art hardware and software to free the creators from the technical drudgery and focus on the creative creation of the immersive 3D VR video experiences.
http://www.kandaovr.com/

Opublikowany przez KanDao na 1 kwietnia 2017

Obsidian 360 camera offers a seamless one click solution to stiching video it captures.  The Obsidian actually comes in two variants: the Obsidian R captures 360-degree photos in 8k resolution and creates 8k/30 fps or 4k/60 fps 3D-360 videos. The Obsidian S, meanwhile, is optimized for high frame rate shooting, capable of producing 4k footages up to 120 fps.

According to Kandao’s co-founder and CEO Chen Dan, the Obsidian can stitch footage at one frame per second, more than twice as fast as other software. He says Kandao was able to achieve this by leveraging Facebook Surround 360’s calibration code to prove Kandao’s own algorithm.

 

 

The camera is made up of six lenses designed and inspired from true human vision system. The company claims that their solutions frees the content creators from tedious post-capture processes while still preserving the details and dynamic ranges of the scene. Seems cool, right?

The company is trying to get people to test out the new camera and it is offering a special Pioneer Program where creators can apply to get special deal for testing out the camera.

Kandao Technology Ltd. Co. focuses on virtual reality technology research and development, providing patented end-to-end solutions for virtual reality video capturing and live streaming. As the only Chinese company capable of live streaming 3D high resolution panoramic video, we provide a complete and competent suite of products to bring virtual reality experience to a wide range of users.

Update: 360 camera news is overwhelming.

Facebook is on to something. So much new 360 news it harder keeping news ground. In 2017 360 cameras have gotten so much attention mainly thanks giants lie Facebook and YouTube using and pushing the technology. Recently, Mark Zuckenberg CEO of Facebook announced their 360 camera that promises 6 dof (degree of freedom) movement around the scene.

All I can say is WOW they really are pushing this technology way faster then I expected. The problem is that 3D-360 capture solutions are still in early infancy to be user friendly. They admit that they do not wish to be part of this business but mainly help as much people have access and ways to develop the technology further.

Watch out for real-time AR (augumented reality) 360 video coming later in the development process so called “democratization” to open up AR for developers.

Facebook plans to license its new 360 cameras.

Do question is do we really need 16-32-64 cameras to do the job? What if we could use just one? Adobe claims they can offer 2D-monoscopic to 3D-360 conversion just by using footage from two cameras. They claim it work as long as the camera is in motion “seeing” more into the scene and this way generating a 3D mapped enviroment. It also can make the video stable. Interesting right? Here is a research paper just about this idea and some proof POV that they got it working:

Hacking is a idea to keep video stable DIY 360 camera Gear 360

I’ve seen companies that specialize in gimbal stabilization solutions go to market open in seek of new innovation. They invent product like Moza Mini Wearable Base to upgrade existing stablizers.

Seems to do its job like you would expect of any other camera stabilization to work but what if you just need a software solution to do this job? To figure out stable video well enough on the software side “renders” a product like this questionable. Do I need this later down the road?

Generally speaking it is a great idea to stabilize any camera. This is why drones are so good at what they do. They keep the camera stable and can perform computation tasks better based on a stable image rather then a shake’y one. This is true especially in 360 production.

Stable video works with Kodak Orbit360 4k

Kodak is introducing a new camera. More in depth what to expect and is it worth upgrading from Dual Kodak SP 360 4K is up to you. I’m going to stick with my SP 360 4K for now. What the SP 360 4K needs is:

  • stable video this would be a nice addition.
  • better battery perfomance

For now this is in preorder.  If you sign up on their page, they will email you a promo code that will give you a discount.

3D 360 from YI HALO

Yi Technologies

So along comes The YI HALO Introduces seamless 3D-360 capture solution but with a hefty price tag. It is cheaper then Nokia’s solution or other high tech.

Enjoy this 3D-360 video around New York City with the next generation Jump camera, the YI HALO. Built in partnership with YI Technology works seamlessly with the Jump Assembler. All in 3D-360. (AVAIL. LATE SUMMER 2017) To learn more go to the camera promotion page.

OK so what 360 camera should I get?

Get one that works. In your budget. It’s really that simple and for now all I can say the technology is still evolving like crazy. So getting something now does not mean you will have the tools of future in your hands. Watching how much “vapour-hardware” is around this new technology can be even seen in our now outdated Known 360 cameras post from 2016 does acknowledge how fast this industry is evolving. For now I would recommend to stay with whatever works for you and watch the big guys fight off the first rounds. Facebook, YouTube, GoPro, Nikon, Yi and dozens of other big established companies are dipping their toes into 360 video production. Once the dust settles we can start seeing the market mature like similar like the DSLR community. Stay tuned more posts to come soon but you can see that just following this one trend we already are here in 2017 watching all this happen. Enjoy the ride!

Bartosz Barlowski

How to shoot in 3D 360 all you need to know

Devidsupertramp a famous YouTuber known for pushing the limits of creating original high quality content has got his hands dirty with many 360 cameras. He created a short video explaining the differences between the 360 camera’s he uses. Each camera has its own pros and cons. Learn more here:

Update! His newest production was shot on goPro Odyssey. His video uses immersive 360 VR 3D technology and it is best viewed on a VR headset and mobile device with headphone. Be sure to check it out below:

 

How to add 360 photo / video to a WordPress site?

WP-VR-view is a clever 360 plugin for WordPress developed by Alexander Tumanov and allows to easily add Photo Spheres, 360 video to WordPress websites!

We will be testing out the plugin with our own 360 content soon! Check out the video that shows how to do it step by step on your own WordPress blog:

For more information head visit the authors pages on Facebook, GitHub

PowerDirector 15 for 360 video new features tutorial

Thanks to Joyce for from Cyberlink for providing us with a copy of PowerDirector. Check out out video Tutorial how the software works with 360 video:

PowerDirector offers a unique combination of high-end performance and advanced editing features. It’s remarkably easy to use, making video editing accessible to creators of all skill levels, and a huge selection of customizable design tools, including unique alpha transitions, animated titles, particles and PiP objects, provide the freedom to explore creativity and reflect it in unique video creations.

Product video:

Sphericam introduces ‘the Beast’ a new 360 camera

They call it “The Beast”. Why?  From the press release:

Sphericam Inc. will be launching its newest 360º camera system at the NAB Show in New York City on November 9th after several months of intense stealth development.

The new Sphericam Beast camera system is a large-format, high-end, cinema grade, modular and easily scalable 360º video capture system that can also stream live to the web or to headsets. The first iteration of the system uses four 1” inch sensors and four M.2 SSD drives to capture uncompressed 360 degree video at an output resolution of more than 6K at 60fps and 10-bit RAW format.

What do we know about the Sphericam? We know that the company hit the 360 camera marketing with a successful kickstarter back in 2015.

From first glance we can see the quality is in par with a 4 or even 6 GoPro rig we’re all used to. But in this case all the stiching happens on camera and seems a lot less of a hassle to produce 360 video using this camera. See for yourself we got some clips that show the camera in action:

Practical features of the Sphericam Beast camera system are a direct answer to production community needs

  • Closely positioned large sensors in a portrait configuration offer exceptionally small parallax for easy stitching
  • Live preview 5-inch FullHD displays for each camera ease on-site production workflow
  • Practical two-piece design allows the small camera head to be unobtrusively positioned up to 5m from the rest of the system
  • Live stitching supports immediate streaming to headsets or through a streaming service at 4k 30FPS
  • Captures 512GB of RAW sensor data (Cinema DNG) per sensor in under 10 minutes to avoid any compression losses

About Sphericam

Sphericam Inc. was established in 2014 and has since grown into a formidable startup dedicated to changing the VR landscape. Backed by world class investors and rooted deeply in the early pioneer community of 360º photo and video capture, the Sphericam team is converting over a decade of extensive experience into meticulously designed products to address real world production challenges.

Additional Resources

www.sphericam.com
twitter.com/sphericam
facebook.com/sphericam
linkedin.com/company/sphericam
youtube.com/c/sphericam
instagram.com/sphericam360vr/

First GoPro Omni reviews are up!

Some time ago GoPro released news about the GoPro Omni Rig. Genlocked cameras packaged in one box are now in the wild and some users have already got the first demo rigs for reviews.

Jeremy Sciarappa has posted on his YouTube channel a complete review of the new system:

Check it out it seems like a complete product but still has some limitations. Shame its not a 3D 360 out of the box, but I guess we will have to wait for that a little longer?

Source img: The verge

 

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! 🙂

123d-drone

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