Saturday, February 4, 2017

New video from Z Cam S1 in the Sahara desert

Here's a new video from the Z Cam S1, this time in the Sahara desert.  Update: new video added February 6.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Oculus Rift update 1.11 release notes

Oculus is rolling out update version 1.11 for the Oculus Rift.  For the first time (IIRC), they've posted the release notes.

You can now watch 3D Blu-Ray with PlayStation VR!

Playstation 4's system software 4.5 beta adds 3D Blu-Ray playback when using the Playstation VR!  Official announcement here.

To use the Beta, you have to register as a beta user using your Playstation Network ID.  Here's the link to do that.  You'll then get notified if you got selected.

Video review: Koroao / Holaca lens caps for Nikon Keymission 360

Here is a quick video review of a lens cap for the Nikon Keymission 360.

You may be able to play HTC Vive games wirelessly with Nolo VR

Nolo VR announced a stretch goal to enable users to play HTC Vive and Oculus Rift games on Steam VR wirelessly!

TwoEyes VR posts a new low light 3D 360 video sample

TwoEyes VR is the most affordable fully spherical 3D 360 camera.  They posted a couple of new 3D 360 videos, including a low light test.  Check out the new sample videos.

Nikon Keymission 360 freeze test hiking up a mountain

Young360 took the Nikon Keymission 360 up a mountain in the middle of winter.  Check out the video!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Kodak Pixpro Europe gives more specific timeframe for Orbit360 release

Kodak Pixpro Europe posted a comment on their Facebook page giving a more specific release timeframe for the highly-anticipated Orbit360.

RE:Lens has horizon leveling and stabilization plus other features for your 360 video

RE:Lens is a plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects that has several features for 360 videos, including horizon leveling / spherical stabilization.

John Carmack explains why he disagreed with the Zenimax v. Oculus verdict

photo by Game Developers' Choice
​Yesterday, a jury awarded $500 million to Zenimax in its copyright infringement case against Oculus.  John Carmack explained on Facebook why he disagreed with the verdict.

Wenpod Tarzan-A is a stabilized gimbal for 360 aerial videos

Wenpod Tarzan-A is a stabilized gimbal designed for 360 cameras and rigs to be mounted on a drone.

Ricoh combines a 360 photo with non-360 photos and videos

photo by PhileWeb
Ricoh has developed a method of integrating 360 photos with non-360 photos and videos, resulting in 360 photos that can be viewed closely in remarkable detail.

Verpix is a platform for sharing 360 photos and videos

Verpix is a new platform for sharing 360 photos and seems to have video sharing as well.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How to order the Kodak PIXPRO Orbit360 from outside the US

The Kodak PIXPRO Orbit360 is one of the most highly anticipated 360 cameras in recent memory.  If you're not in the US, you might be concerned about being able to order it because the Kodak PIXPRO store only allows you to specify the United States or United States' minor outlying islands for the shipping and billing address.  Fortunately, you can order the Orbit360 even if you're not in the US.  Here's how.

Zenimax v. Oculus verdict: $500 million in damages

The jury has issued a verdict in Zenimax's lawsuit against Oculus for allegedly stealing the technology that now powers the Oculus Rift.

TECHNIQUE: Move and animate titles and other objects anywhere on your 360 video or photo

You can move titles and other objects around your 360 video while preserving their correct proportions using Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus (or Premium) 2017.  Here's a demo and a tutorial.

Kuula enables VR viewing with new app (Android, iOS, Gear VR)

photo by Kuula has launched apps for Android, iOS and Samsung Gear VR to enable VR viewing of 360 photos shared on its platform.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

DEALS: special promo code for Kodak Pixpro Orbit360!

The Orbit360 could be the 360 camera you've been waiting for (here's why) and here's a special promo code to get a discount!

Review: Kodak Pixpro Monopod with Tripod Stand for SP360, Orbit360 and other 360 cameras

photo by Kodak Pixpro
Here is a preliminary review of Kodak Pixpro's new monopod with tripod stand (previewed here), a monopod designed specifically for the SP360 family of cameras and other 360 cameras.

Technique: using one 360 camera to simulate multiple cameras for multicam video editing

You can use a 360 camera to simulate several conventional cameras for a multicam video that looks like it was shot by a whole camera crew.  Here's a sample, and here's how to do it.

V360 is a 360 video editor for Android

V360 is a 360 video editor for Android that allows you to make 360 video montages and add background music.  (Updated with new info)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Play HTC Vive games and add positional tracking to your mobile VR headset with Nolo VR, now available on Kickstarter

Nolo VR is now available on Kickstarter!  It's on track to meet its crowdfunding goal on its very first day.  Update: it's now fully funded on its very first day.

The future of PPV events is in 360 and VR with Next360

You may be watching your next concert in 360 / VR with Next360.

Insta360 Air audio quality test

Here's a sample video from the Insta360 Air, a 360 camera accessory for Android, that shows its audio recording quality.

TECHNIQUE: Edit and automatically backup your 360 photos with Google Photos

If you have a 360 camera, Google Photos has several features that can help improve your 360 photo workflow, such as backing up your 360 photos automatically and allowing you to make reversible changes to them while preserving the 360 metadata.  And it's free!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

TUTORIAL: How to do a 360 live stream on Twitter and Periscope with Periscope 360

I just finished my first 360 live stream on Twitter and Periscope and it went better than I expected!  Here's how to use Periscope360 (aka Periscope Live 360), and my impressions.