Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Insta360 Pro live stream demo in 4K 360 video


Insta360 demonstrated a 4K live stream from the Insta360 Pro, one of the hottest new cameras for 360 video professionals.  Check out the live stream video!

Insta360 Pro is a professional 360 camera that can capture up to 8K 360 video in 2D, 6K 360 video in 3D, or 4K video live streaming (in 2D or 3D).  It is also the only professional 360 camera with realtime image stabilization (see demo here).  Whereas professional 360 cameras are generally priced in the 5-digit range, the Insta360 Pro is only $3,499, within the range of independent filmmakers and even prosumers.

Now here is the live stream video from the Insta360 Pro in 4K 360, posted on YouTube.


Insta360 had to reduce the bitrate to 6mbps due to the slow internet connection at their office.  However, the sample still looks impressively detailed.  The stitching also looks quite smooth, which is impressive considering that the stitching is template-based.

Based on these samples, and previous samples I've viewed (see here), I believe the Insta360 Pro will become one of the most popular 360 cameras for professionals, possibly overtaking the GoPro Omni, which can also capture 8K 360 video but has no realtime stitching, 3D capability, live streaming, or realtime image stabilization, and costs significantly more at $4,999.

The Insta360 Pro is available for preorder at B&H Photo (free shipping; shipping May 18) or directly from Insta360 (shipping mid-May).

5 comments:

  1. Ding! Ding! Ding!
    We have a winner. One of the first times where I can say, I love the stitching. I'm very impressed that this is a live streamed video. Very impressed.
    I'll have to save my pennies now, as this has gone to the top of my list.

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    1. The next thing I would like to see is the 8K 360 video in 2D.

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    2. Glad you like it Rich! There are a couple of 8k samples here https://www.insta360.com/product/insta360-pro/#download-sample But TBH my PC couldn't play it back without stuttering (I have a VR-ready PC). It's quite demanding.

      Best regards,
      Mic

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    3. With photos and video at that resolution (8k) and with the stitching appearing the way it does in the samples I've looked at, I think that this is a winner.
      I've used a number of different cameras and rigs and the stitching has always been one of the biggest potential points of frustration. Granted the frustration of stitching can be overcome, but, mostly with laborious and time consuming tedious work.
      I think they have a winner here.

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    4. Yes I think so too! Looking forward to seeing the videos that will be created with it!

      Best regards,
      Mic

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