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.
In a brief post on Facebook Mark claims his team has worked out how to reduce the filesize up to 80% using so called Pyramids instead of cube maps. Check out the video below for more information.
360 video is a completely new experience because you can move the camera around. This opens new ways of sharing experiences and makes you feel like you’re part of what you’re watching. It’s a step towards even more immersive experiences. — Mark Zuckenberg.
Facebook has taken a different approach to the 360 format. They basically split the image into small rectangles and the FB player arranges them in order into a seamless 360 experience. Currently works on Android with iOS version coming in the next months.