Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Photos or videos from the Nikon Keymission 360 (reviewed here) can look too dark. Here's how to fix this issue.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
One good ironic turn deserves another...
Oculus Rift users have been feeling the impact of exclusivity when Google made the surprising decision to specifically prevent Google Earth VR from running on the Oculus Rift, even with Oculus Touch.
Just hours after Earth VR's release, however, who comes to Oculus Rift's rescue but CrossVR -- the kickass developer who created the Revive compatibility layer to enable the HTC Vive to run Oculus Rift games! The same developer who Oculus at one point tried to hinder by using a hardware check to prevent Revive from working. The same develeoper who had been criticized by some Oculus Rift users for creating Revive. And now the developer who has opened Earth VR to frustrated Oculus Rift users (including me)!
Google just released Google Earth VR on Steam for the HTC Vive (reviewed here), and it's an amazing (and free) app that lets you explore famous sights around the world in VR. However, it appears that Google Earth VR will work only on HTC Vive and not the Oculus Rift (reviewed here), leaving some Oculus Rift users complaining ironically about exclusivity.
4k 360 video camera shootout: Samsung Gear 360 vs. Nikon Keymission 360 vs. Kodak SP360 4k Dual Pro vs. Insta360 Nano
I pitted three 4k-capable consumer 360 cameras against each other to see which has the best video quality:
the Samsung Gear 360 ($350),
the Nikon Keymission ($499), and
the Kodak SP360 4k Dual Pro ($899).
I also added the Insta360 Nano ($199), which has near-4k resolution at 3040 x 1520 to the comparison. Check out the test videos to see which one emerged as the winner!
(Note: I had also compared the video quality from the Ricoh Theta S ($349) and LG 360 Cam ($199) previously. If you want to see how those cameras compare to these 4k cameras, see here.)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Pie is a newly-launched social app on the iPhone for sharing short 360 videos (10 secs. or less) and panoramic 'slices' of time, and it works with or without a 360 camera. Whereas other 360 sharing apps emphasize its 360 photos or videos, Pie keeps its focus on people.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Man Vs VR posted a video on YouTube showing the HTC Vive controllers being used with an Oculus Touch app, and it shows the Vive being able to emulate the functions of the Touch controller, including finger tracking!
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Gala360 is a free app for exploring and sharing 360 photos in VR using Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream or Google Cardboard.
Oculus Avatars, which were demo'd at Oculus Connect 3, are now ready and will likely launch on December 6 with Oculus Touch.
|photo by Michal Jaroszczyk|
Michal Jaroszczyk is a filmmaker from Poland. Besides conventional films, he also creates 360 videos and has already developed an impressive 360 video portfolio. He has captured amazing 360 footage of a wide variety of vehicles - ranging from aviation and automotive films, for example, to tank rides, powerboat cruises… and a Batmobile filmed in 360.
Here are some of Michal’s videos: