I’ve tested the Oculus Go VR headset extensively with Synology NAS units as media servers (using the Gallery app in the headset), and it’s worked flawlessly for videos, even at high bitrates. My standard method of loading video content onto my Go is to copy video file(s) over the network onto my Synology NAS, browse to the media server using Gallery (in headset), and stream or download the file. I find this easier to do than connecting the Go to my computer using a cable.Read More
I've been getting this question from a bunch of people, so I wanted to write it up for sharing. Oculus Gallery for Oculus Go is a wonderful player for playing back local and cloud-stored personal video. It supports 360 and 180 (mono and stereoscopic) and flat video, and also supports spatial audio. If a user's goal is to play back local media, Gallery is a fantastic option.Read More
The monoscopic bullet time video created by the Insta360 ONE camera can easily be converted to a 3D video by showing it separately to each eye with a time offset (1 frame). Because the camera is in motion (mostly) horizontally, a time delay creates a virtual left and right eye's point of view.Read More
360 video comparison from 11 360 cameras in September, 2017, including Z CAM S1, Garmin VIRB 360 (raw and in-camera stitch), Insta360 ONE, Xiaomi MiJia Sphere, Samsung Gear 360 (2017), Samsung Gear 360 (2015), Insta360 Nano, Nikon KeyMission 360, Ricoh Theta S, LG 360 Cam, and Giroptic iO (pre-production).
Original videos were placed in a 3840 x 1920 timeline and exported as h.264 at 50-65 Mbps VBR. Download the video and sideload it into a Samsung Gear VR or other headset to see it in the best possible quality.
I went to the DEMA Show for a day last week to check out underwater photo gear.
360RIZE announced underwater housings for the Samsung Gear 360 and 2 x Kodak SP360 4K, and were also showing their 6 x GoPro (Abyss) with Bullet360 sync. The Samsung and Kodak housings are expected to retail for around $1K.Read More
Simple video editing can be frustrating for content creators whom aren't familiar with the process, and even people who work with video every day can struggle to find the right tools to accomplish quick edits. One issue is that most video editors force video re-encoding upon export, which results in potentially-long render times as well as degradation in quality. Here's how to do simple editing without re-encoding your final video.Read More
The state of 360 capture is such that you can currently almost always find the photographer in the shot, even in high-profile, brand-name pictures. These are from the 360 photos coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics by Getty Images in the Oculus 360 Photos app. There are so few photographers shooting in 360 at the Olympics that they become recognizable almost immediately!Read More
Here's a consumer 360 camera comparison that includes videos shot using a Samsung Gear 360, Ricoh Theta S, and LG 360 CAM. I put the cameras side by side on a light stand and captured using default settings.Read More
My friend, Leyan, pointed out today that I'm on the front page of Facebook's new 360 video guides page (a surprise). It's a photo taken by Ragnar Sigurdsson of me piloting a DJI Inspire 1 over a volcano in Iceland. The internet is a strange place!
Today, I received my "surprise" 40th-birthday gift from Pam: an AwesomeBox! What a great gift—I absolutely love it. A diverse set of 63 friends from various parts of me life (family, school, music, photography, technology) submitted pictures and heartfelt messages (which are printed on the back).Read More
I caught up with Avegant at their Redwood City headquarters and had a chance to try out a pre-production Glyph personal theater headset, which had literally been flown back from manufacturing in China a day or two earlier. I backed Glyph on Kickstarter almost a year ago and have been following its progress closely as the company has moved from early prototype to having plans to ship in late January.Read More
During the Good Morning America #GMA40 drone hour on November 17, I set up a Ricoh Theta S (360 spherical camera) to capture the action around the live broadcast. You can drag the point of view around using your mouse or finger, or view in Google Cardboard or equivalent (requires full screen viewing).Read More