Thursday, June 22, 2017

Google invites you to capture the world as you see it with VR180; new cameras announced from partners

At Vidcon 2017, Google announced VR180 videos and cameras, which are 180-degree 3D videos and cameras that can capture the world from your point of view.

Unclip 360 Video Cloud Storage Ends Service, Joins Samsung VR

Unclip, a free cloud storage service for 360 videos (similar to Google Photos but for videos) is ending its service and is being merged into Samsung's 360 video sharing platform, Samsung VR (formerly called Milk VR).

The perfect camera case for Garmin Virb 360

I found the perfect camera case for the Garmin Virb 360!  Look at it -- it even fits both cradles, and there's no wasted space.  Here's a video:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Adobe acquires Mettle Skybox, to be included in Creative Cloud

This is huge!  Adobe acquired Mettle makers of the popular SkyBox Suite of 360 / VR editing tools, which will now be included with Adobe Creative Cloud!

Insta360 Pro: Unboxing and First Impressions of the most affordable and easiest 8K 360 camera

I just received my Insta360 Pro last night!  Here is an unboxing and my first impressions, or otherwise entitled, "How I spent my tax refund!" lol

Interview about the Z Cam S1 Pro, a 6K 360 camera with Micro Four Thirds sensors

Personal View interviewed camera rental company Radiant Images about the Z Cam S1 Pro, a high quality professional 360 camera that uses four Micro Four Thirds sensors paired with iZugar lenses.  Here is the video:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Varjo is an experimental VR headset 70 times sharper than HTC Vive or Oculus Rift

Varjo's VR headset is as detailed as human vision with a 70 megapixel resolution.

Garmin Virb 360 underwater test (sample 360 video and photo)

I hope you had a great Father's Day weekend.  Over the weekend, I tested the Garmin Virb 360's underwater capabilities in a swimming pool.  Here are videos and photos.

65 megapixel 360 photos in RAW format with Pano 5+1 Mark II

You can take 65-megapixel 360 photos in RAW format with no parallax stitching error with the Pano5+1 Mark II, a panoramic head for GoPro Hero 5 (with an included adapter for Hero 3 and 4).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

YouTube adds heatmaps to 360 videos, showing you where viewers are looking

YouTube has added heatmaps to popular 360 videos, showing where viewers are looking.
Update: Scott of Foundry 45 shared a video of a heatmap.  See below.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Garmin Virb 360: unboxing and first impressions

After a few delays, I finally got the Garmin Virb 360!  I've been really excited about this camera because of its many features.  In fact, I would say that it has the most features of any 360 camera I've encountered, bar none, not the least of which is its unique image stabilization that follows the user's direction of movement instead of being locked in one direction.

Tutorial: Stitching Xiaomi Mi Sphere 360 videos with Muvee Stitcher for Mac

The Xiaomi Mi Sphere has emerged as a dark horse 360 camera that has surprising photo AND video quality (it appears to have the best of both compared to consumer 360 cameras).  However, one issue is that it has limited compatibility with smartphones, requiring a Snapdragon 625 or better processor in order to export the full video resolution.  Xiaomi's app has limited iPhone exports to 2304 x 1152 -- less than half of the full resolution.

One solution to get the full resolution out of the Xiaomi is to use a third party software to stitch the videos, and Muvee Stitcher is probably the most affordable such software.   Ulf Brusquini shared this tutorial for stitching Xiaomi Mi Sphere videos in full resolution using Muvee Stitcher for Mac.

DIY 360 camera underwater housing with no refraction

Underwater housings for 360 cameras can be expensive and/or hard to find.  However, reader Kimmo Kiiveri shared this ultra low cost DIY underwater housing for 360 cameras, and his housing is immune from refraction.

First impressions of the Moza WK: the world's first wearable 360 gimbal

Here are hands-on impressions of the Moza WK, the world's first wearable 360 gimbal, and the most compact gimbal available for 360 cameras.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sample 360 photos from VRDL360 camera show excellent image quality

VRDL360 is a crowdfunded camera with 7K photo and 3K video resolution that looks like it's about to be fully funded.  It's still being offered at the shockingly low price of $99.   Meanwhile here are full resolution sample photos.

How to make the Guru 360 gimbal almost invisible: 360 video demo and tutorial

The Guru 360 is the most affordable gimbal for 360 cameras.  It also has one of the smallest nadirs and in some cameras, it can even become almost invisible.  Here's a demo and tutorial.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ricoh Theta news: 4K app update; 360 photos from Everest

Some news on the Ricoh Theta: the Theta apps for iOS have been updated to add support for 4K timelapse videos.  Ricoh also posted some spectacular 360 photos from Everest.

Garmin Virb 360 sample photo; availability update

Here is an update on the Garmin Virb 360's availability and a sample photo.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sample videos show Insta360 Pro's incredible low light performance!

Insta360 Pro, Insta360's 8K 360 camera, is being released soon.  Meanwhile, Insta360 has been posting more samples from Insta360 Pro, including some new low light samples that show the Insta360 Pro's incredible low light performance.

Adobe Premiere Pro 360 VR tutorial #2: how to guide the viewer by controlling heading and orientation

360 videos give the viewer total freedom to look around, but sometimes viewers can get "lost" and not know where to look.  In this tutorial for Adobe Premiere Pro, we will learn to guide the viewer's attention by controlling the heading and orientation dynamically as the video plays.  This technique can also be used to fix "drifting" in Xiaomi Mi Sphere and other gyro-stabilized 360 cameras or even gimbals.

eBay Hands-Free Third Person View Mount / Harness - quick review and sample 360 video

I got an inexpensive third person view mount / harness from eBay for GoPro, action cameras, and 360 cameras.  Here's a sample 360 video from this mount.  UPDATE: found on Amazon a nearly identical mount.

How to avoid overheating in your 360 camera

Ben Claremont (Life in 360) shares this tip on how to avoid overheating on your 360 camera.  And no, you don't need to bring a fan. :) Here's the video:

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review and comparison: Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere has the highest photo and video quality among consumer 360 cameras

Here is a full review of the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 camera, which has become one of my favorite 360 cameras for its excellent image quality and incredible image stabilization.

Garmin Virb 360 sample user videos and photo

Here are some sample user videos from the Garmin Virb 360, and a sample photo.

VRDL360 is now live on Indiegogo for $99

VRDL360 is now live on Indiegogo.  The early bird price is $99, with delivery promised for September 2017.

VR announcements at E3 day 1: Fallout VR and Doom VR, Oculus Rift bundle

At E3, they (finally) announced Fallout VR and Doom VR, both due later this year!  Oculus also announced a new bundle that can save you $100.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sample user videos from GoPro Fusion

GoPro has posted sample 360 videos from their Fusion camera but now there are sample videos from press who got to try out the Fusion.

Technique: using ND filters for 360 cameras

How do you use an ND filter for your 360 camera?  One way is to use a rig....

LumaFusion is an advanced multi-track video editor for iOS with 360 video support

Do you want to be able to edit your 360 videos on your iPhone or iPad with a full-featured video editor?  Check out LumaFusion, which can not only trim 360 videos, but also add photos, transitions, titles and narration.

Giroptic iO adds realtime photo stabilization; video stabilization coming soon

Giroptic has updated the firmware for the iO to add photo stabilization.  They also said that they would be adding video stabilization "soon"!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Here's what the GoPro Fusion 360 camera looks like; 7 predicted features

image credit: AOL

GoPro has finally revealed the Fusion.  Here are my observations and the 7 features that I predict for it.  (Image credit for all photos: AOL)

Sample 360 video from Cat360 with 4K 360 live streaming capability

Rec360 posted a new sample video from the CatEyes Cat360, a 360 camera that with 4K 360 live streaming.

360 video sample from AXA 360 rig shows stitching issues

The AXA rig is a unique 360 camera rig that comes in three sizes to accommodate various high-end cameras such the Black Magic Micro Studio 4K, Arri Alexa Mini, and Sony UMC-S3C.  Radiant Images posted a sample video from a version of the rig that uses the Arri Alexa Mini, but the sample seems to show that stitching will be a problem.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

10 cool features of the Garmin Virb 360 you might not know about

The Garmin Virb 360, Garmin's 5.7K 360 camera, is due to be released within the next couple of weeks.  It is quite expensive at $799 but it is the most feature-rich 360 camera I've seen for consumers.  You may already know that it is waterproof, has gimbal-like image stabilization (spherical stabilization), 360 surround sound, and voice control for hands-free operation.  Here are 10 other cool features of the Virb 360 that you might not know about (in no particular order).

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Watch these 360 video samples from Essential Phone's $49 360 camera with 4K resolution and 3D sound

Last week, Essential announced their PH-1 phone and its 360 camera accessory.  Here are sample videos from the camera:

How to straighten or level the horizon in your 360 video using Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Here is a tutorial for leveling or straightening the horizon in your 360 video using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.  This very short (3 minute video) tutorial doesn't require a plug-in but does require Premiere Pro 2017.1.

Stabilized Third Person View with an Invisible Hands-Free 360 Camera

Check out this stabilized 360 video using a third person view mount that is hands-free and makes the camera invisible!

Kodak Orbit360 sample 360 video stabilized with Guru 360 gimbal; new rumored release date

Here is a new sample 360 video from the Kodak Orbit360, this time stabilized with a Guru 360 gimbal, the first affordable 3-axis gimbal for 360 cameras.

Drone Volt Janus VR Bot is a 360 camera rig with remote control dolly

DroneVolt's Janus VR Bot is a 360 camera rig on a remote control dolly.  I don't know much about it except that it seems to use a Freedom 360 rig which uses six GoPro cameras for up to 8K resolution.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Best 360 Cameras for Beginners Part 2: best 360 cameras for photographers

This is Part 2 of this series in which we look at the best 360 cameras for beginners, this time focusing on the best beginner 360 camera for photographers.

WWDC 2017: Apple adds augmented reality to your iPhone / iPad with iOS 11; adds 360 support to Final Cut; adds support for Steam VR with VR-Ready Mac

At WWDC 2017, Apple demonstrated augmented reality on the upcoming iOS 11 using existing iOS hardware.
UPDATE:  Apple has announced 360 video editing in Final Cut Pro; Apple will support Steam VR and HTC Vive; Apple has announced Metal API for VR.

Stitch Samsung Gear 360 photos online for free with NadirPatch

You can now stitch Samsung Gear 360 photos online for free with, a web-based service that offers several tools for editing 360 photos.

Aerial 360 video with "invisible" Mavic Pro drone

Check out this aerial 360 video by Jean-Marie Cannie that uses two 2017 Samsung Gear 360 cameras to make the drone invisible!

Life in 360 discusses 7 exciting new 360 cameras in 2017

Ben Claremont (Life in 360) posted these seven 360 cameras that he's most looking forward to in the remaining half of 2017.  Check out his video: