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.
||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…
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!)
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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Rodney Mullen Debuts New Tricks, Captured in 360 Degrees
Featuring: Rodney Mullen
Director: Steven Sebring
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
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(β): 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 .
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!
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!
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