Friday, April 28, 2017

Mac software for the 2017 Samsung Gear 360 now available!


The Mac desktop stitching software for the 2017 Samsung Gear 360 is now available!

5-way 360 video comparison: 2017 Gear 360, Nikon Keymission, Entaniya 280 with GoPro Hero 4 Black, Giroptic 360cam, and Ricoh Theta SC


Here is a 360 video comparison between five 360 cameras, by Aram Pan of plus720.com!  Here are the cameras Aram compared:
- 2017 Samsung Gear 360
- Nikon Keymission 360
- Entaniya 280 on a GoPro Hero 4 Black
- Giroptic 360Cam (their first camera, not the Giroptic iO)
- Ricoh Theta SC

More info on Xiaomi Mijia Sphere 360; on sale at GearBest


Here are more info on Xiaomi's Mijia Sphere 360 camera, launched a few weeks ago on April 6, which is on sale at GearBest for a limited time.
Update: here is my full review.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Acer Holo 360 is a hybrid 360 camera and smartphone


Acer announced the Holo 360, a hybrid device that is both a 360 camera and smartphone.

NAB Show 2017: Panasonic 360 Live Camera (AW-360) has sophisticated real time stitching and is entering production

Panasonic AW-360 at NAB 2017. Photo credit: Svend Even Haerra
At NAB Show 2017, Panasonic again showcased their 4k 360 live streaming camera, only this time, they confirmed that it would be entering production.  Panasonic is now the third major camera manufacturer (after Ricoh Pentax and Nikon) to enter the growing 360 camera industry.

Insta360 Air realtime stabilization demo and firmware upgrade tutorial


Realtime stabilization has now been added Insta360 Air, the first 360 camera for Android phones.  Here's a demo and a tutorial for upgrading the firmware required this feature.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Interview with Yi Technology about the Yi 360 VR, with the highest video resolution for consumer 360 cameras


Probably the biggest news for 360 cameras out of NAB Show 2017 is the Yi 360 VR, a 360 camera with 5.7K video, the highest video resolution for consumer 360 cameras thus far, for just $399.  I had a chance to talk to Yi Technology about the Yi 360 VR.

Ricoh's exhibit at NAB Show 2017: Ricoh Theta 4K, Ricoh R and other news


Ricoh had TWO booths at NAB Show 2017 - one at the VR Pavilion at North Hall, and another at Central Hall.  Here's the news from Ricoh.

NAB Show 2017: Insta360 Pro first impressions plus realtime stabilization demo and more


Insta360 had a big presence at NAB Show 2017.  I checked out their booth along with my friend Svend Even Haerra from NRK, the Norwegian Public Broadcasting Station.  I got to see some new footage from the Insta360 Pro as well as see a demo of its realtime image stabilization, and I found out other interesting news.

Housekeeping announcements: 360 camera Facebook discussion group, 360Rumors.com, and 360 Rumors store



Just a few announcements:

1. 360Rumors.com launch
360Rumors.com is now live!  It features a more polished and more organized interface.  I think the search feature works better as well.

I wasn't able to implement redirection so I'll just run the original 360rumors.blogspot.com and the new 360rumors.com in parallel for now, although 360rumors.com will be the primary site and eventually I will stop updating 360rumors.blogspot.com.

2.  Forum for 360 cameras and for 360 Rumors readers:
There are a number of Facebook groups for particular 360 cameras or particular brands.  If you want to discuss 360 cameras and are tired of jumping from one group to another, I created a Facebook group to discuss 360 cameras of any type, any brand, cleverly called the 360 Cameras Group.  This is also a forum for readers of 360 Rumors.  Check it out here!

3.  360 Rumors store is open!
If you want to buy a camera or accessory and want to support 360 Rumors, you can check out the 360 Rumors store here.  Currently it features only Amazon products but I will add products from B&H and other stores as well.

Monday, April 24, 2017

NAB Show 2017: Kodak Orbit360 update on price, availability, and other info


The Orbit360 (formerly called 4KVR360) was at Kodak PIXPRO's booth at NAB Show 2017.  I found out the price and other info.

NAB Show 2017: Yi announces the YI 360 VR Camera with 5.7K video, the highest resolution for a consumer 360 camera!


At NAB Show 2017, Yi made two 360-related announcements: the highest video resolution 360 camera for consumers, with 5.7K resolution, and their version of the Google Jump rig called the Halo (which I'll cover in a separate post).  Here are the key specifications and features for Yi 360 VR camera.

DEALS: Get 25% off Mettle Skybox suite of 360 video editing tools!



From April 24 to April 28, you can get a 25% discount on Mettle Skybox 360 video editing plug-ins for Adobe Premiere and After Effects, using the code NAB2017.

Mettle Skybox is the most popular set of tools for 360 video editing with tools such as 360-degree titles and stabilization (horizon leveling).

You can try the software before you buy at www.mettle.com/free-demo but don't forget that the discount code is only until April 28.

2017 Samsung Gear 360 has apparently no blurgate problem


Based on a test I conducted, the 2017 Samsung Gear 360 does not appear to have the blurgate problem that plagued the original Gear 360.

Underwater 360 video and live streaming with Giroptic iO

We went on a short weekend trip to a resort in San Diego, and one of the things I tried was to use the the Giroptic iO to shoot a 360 video and a 360 live stream underwater.

Sunday, April 23, 2017