Great news for all 360 video creators coming from F8 – Facebook’s big event.
“We do not have ambitions of getting into the camera business, but we realize there wasn’t a good reference camera” Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox told reporters Monday.
- 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’s 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.
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.
source: Techcrunch / Facebook F8
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 “incrementally” 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.
VideoStich CEO Nicolas Burtey says:
“Until 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,” said Burtey in a statement. “We have developed a solution that streams 4K resolution live virtual reality video to headsets–all with the push of a button.”
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.
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 – now 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° 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° 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° videos you captured yourself
- Share any Splash 360° video to Facebook and let your friends experience it in the 360° – 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 – Download Now from the appstore.
Featured image via RoadtoVR
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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
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:
Theta S Dual Lens, 190 degree, 1920 x 180 pixel res. no blind spot
Bublcam Quad lens, 160 defree per lens, 1440 x 1440 pixel res. no blind spot
360Fly Single Lens, 240 degree, 1504 x 1504 pixel res. blind spot visible
PixPro SP360 4k Single Lens, 235 degree, 2880 x 2880 blind spot visible
$900 optional Dual Kit no blind spot.
Time & Place: 23.01.2016 – Los Angeles Convention Centre. Special thanks to Maciej managing partner of Cardboardy.pl for sending us the tips about whats going on in USA regarding 360 video. His company works on sphrerical video production and making custom Google Cardboard projects.
So what was this event all about? Check out the video from 2015 it shows off what kind of event this is. The review below is about what was going on in the 2016 edition.
- companies offering 360 rigs & grips ect.
- companies offering 360 video production and post production services
- companies offering 360 camera set-ups. From shooting, stiching to Live video automatic stiching / publishing.
- Lots of things going on in the educational space of 360 video
- HMD Manufacturers from Google Cardboard to Oculus
- Interesting VR controllers
- Other cool stuff
Michael Kinter 360Heros Inc. CEO/ Founder in a brief interview told us that since 2011 more the
- 6.000 camera rigs have been shipped and thats good for high quality content creators.
- 5.356 active content Creators
Crazy 16 camera rig from CODEX
Binarual 360 frin 360Heros Microphone setup. 8 ears! I wonder how this works in post-production and spatial audio positioning.
Heros360 set ups were the most popular on the show.
Realtime 360 streaming with stiching with a PC connected. Unfortunatly you could see thes stich lines when crossing them. Needs to be calibrated and set before shooting.
Freedom360 showed off some high quality rigs. They claim to be the high-end of 360 video production. The rigs they offer are high quality. The company also offers 360 video tutorials using Kolor’s software package.
Check out Putterfish a different approach to show off 360 video in a interactive dome effect. Cool concept has been around for a while – if we need to show our video to more people at one time and get the wow effect 🙂
“SPHERICA” so called a Russian fellow showed off a motorized 360 camera monopod rig. Looks like a really cool project! Maybe he cab add a Binarual Head to this and see how people react when they see it going around on a toy car!
Thanks for reading this post I hope you liked it and leave a comment if you find something interesting!
Shooting 360 with a multi camera set up is hard and here is why everything that can go wrong goes wrong when you start recording. If your are new to spherical video check out this video and read on why it is not (yet) as easy as it seems to produce quality 360 video.
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