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360 videos

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!)

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 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:

How NOT to shoot in 360

YouTube Creators program released a cool video that people new to 360 film making should check out. It outlines the basics limitations of 360 cameras and talks about how the audience may feel  for example if you put the camera on a selfie stick and carry it next to yourself. Turns our if you want to have the camera in motion its a good idea to shoot in car. Check it out!

One of our first 360 videos was shot in a car, take a look. Beware its in Polish 🙂

Captured in 360 Degrees by Vogue Rodney Mullen New Tricks

Rodney Mullen, who three decades ago invented many of the tricks on which modern skateboarding is based, steps inside fashion photographer Steven Sebring’s revolutionary 360 studio for his first major release of footage in 12 years, including several never seen before moves. Watch the exclusive short film Liminal here.


Vogue is the authority on fashion news, culture trends, beauty coverage, videos, celebrity style, and fashion week updates.

Rodney Mullen Debuts New Tricks, Captured in 360 Degrees

Featuring: Rodney Mullen
Director: Steven Sebring

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! 🙂

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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.

“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.

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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’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.

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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 “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.

Orah 4k

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.”

Orah 360 camera

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.