Saturday, January 28, 2017

On my way to test Periscope 360 livestreaming


Hi everyone.  Sorry for not having any posts this morning.  I'm off to try Periscope 360 at a Chinese New Year celebration in Sta. Monica.  If you want to check out the livestream, please follow me on Twitter and/or Periscope: @360rumorsblog .  See you later!

Update: The 360 livestreams are now posted! You can see them on my Periscope channel here or on Twitter here.  Meanwhile, I'm going to work on a quick tutorial.  Here is the tutorial I made.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Happy Lunar New Year! NOLO VR shows Tilt Brush running on Gear VR

logo for the 118th Golden Dragon Parade
Happy Lunar New Year!  It's the Year of the Rooster!  Here in Los Angeles, there will be a Golden Dragon Parade next week on February 4, and I will be going there to livestream it in 360 via Twitter / Periscope, and the Insta360 Nano.  I'll post the time as we get closer to the event.

Meanwhile, to commemorate the New Year, Nolo VR (hands-on here) has posted a new video showing an artist illustrating a New Year greeting in Google Tilt Brush running on Samsung Gear VR, with full 6 degrees of freedom.  Here's the video:

Comparison between racing a Porsche in VR versus in real life


Check out this incredible video comparison of how realistic it looks to drive a Porsche in VR versus in real life!

Insta360 Air video: unboxing and quick demo

I just wanted to share an unboxing and quick demo of the Insta360 Air (first impressions here).  Here's the video:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Kodak Pixpro VP discusses the Orbit360 4k in interview with TWICE


Kodak PIXPRO was interviewed about the Orbit360 by TWICE Magazine, a business-to-business online publication for consumer electronics and tech.

Sample photos and video from Insta360 Air (prerelease version)

I haven't had much time with my new Insta360 Air, but by special request, here are a couple of sample photos and a sample video.  Please note I was using only the prerelease version of the Insta360 Air app.  When the app is released, it will have improvements.

The Guru 360 camera stabilizer is a 3-axis gimbal designed for 360 cameras

The Guru 360 camera stabilizer is a 3-axis gimbal specifically designed for 360 cameras.

Update: here is a hands-on demo

Insta360 Air is here! First impressions


The Insta360 Air is here!  I was actually the first person to order it on Indiegogo and to show their appreciation, Insta360 has sent me the very first retail unit, ahead of the official release.  Here are my first impressions.

The PMast is a 360 camera that uses spherical lenses


The PMast is a 360 camera that uses spherical lenses developed by researchers at University of California San Diego.

Low light 3D 360 video sample from Vuze Camera at a wedding


Vuze Camera posted a new 3D 360 video of a wedding.  Besides demonstrating how a 360 camera can be used for a wedding, the video showcases the Vuze's performance in low light.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New monopod with tripod base from Kodak Pixpro for SP360, Orbit360 and other 360 cameras


Kodak PIXPRO has a new monopod with removable tripod base, designed for the SP360 and other 360 cameras.

TECHNIQUE: Life in 360 shares the right way to use selfie sticks for 360 photos and videos


My friend Ben Claremont of Life in 360 shares an important technique for using selfie sticks for 360 photos and videos!

Insta360 Studio update adds automatic purple fringing correction plus other features


Insta360 updated the Insta360 Studio, its free 360 video editor, to add purple fringing correction and other improvements!

Cyberlink adds 360 support to ActionDirector 2



Cyberlink has now added support for 360 photos and videos to its ActionDirector 2 video editor.

Vivitar introduces two new 360 cameras, including a waterproof 360 camera


Vivitar has two new fully spherical 360 cameras: the 1008HD which is completely waterproof even without a housing, and the 1108HD, which is a 360 action camera.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

You can do a 360 video call chat via Skype with Insta360 Air!


Insta360 confirmed that you can use the Insta360 Air for a 360 video chat via Skype!

Cool mixed reality video of The Unspoken spellcasting dueling game




Oculus posted a mixed reality video of The Unspoken, a spellcasting battle game for the Oculus Rift, (and HTC Vive via Revive).  It's my current favorite game on any VR system.

Pearl is the first 360 video to be nominated for an Academy Award







Pearl is an animated film in VR and 360, and it's the first 360 video to be nominated for an Oscar.



Review: Benro MK-10 is my new favorite compact selfie stick / tripod


The Benro MK10 is a selfie stick / tripod for small cameras, GoPros and smartphones.  It also works very well for 360 cameras.  Here is a review.

Caution: some chargers can damage the Ricoh Theta


Apparently, some wall chargers can damage the Ricoh Theta.  Here are the symptoms and some suggested solutions.

Monday, January 23, 2017

TECHNIQUE: Jaunt Studios posts a guide to best practices for shooting in 360


If you wanted a detailed primer to shooting in 360, and you want it for free, this is it.

Lanparte LA3D-VR 360 gimbal for Samsung Gear 360 and other 360 cameras


Polish camera store Prolite posted a photo of a stabilized gimbal by Lanparte designed for the Samsung Gear 360 and other 360 cameras.  The gimbal is called the LA3D-VR and was shown at IBC 2016.

The photo of the gimbal was shared by Prolite on Facebook.  Here is the photo posted on Facebook.

Nikon Keymission 360 low light test at a chocolate museum


How well does the Nikon Keymission 360 fare in low light?  Check out this video of the Chocoversum chocolate museum by TV.355!

Exclusive preview: Insta360 will enable one-button 360 livestreaming!




Insta360 will soon update the Nano to enable one-button 360 livestreaming to YouTube, Twitter / Periscope, and potentially other livestreaming services.  I had the chance to try out a beta version of the Nano app with the updated livestreaming feature and it works very well!

DEALS: Ricoh Theta SC $30 rebate


Ricoh is offering a $30 rebate on the Ricoh Theta SC.  Regularly $299.95, it's now available for $269.95.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

EEEKit selfie stick / monopod with tripod stand and case for Samsung Gear 360 and other 360 cameras

This is the EEEKit, an accessory kit for 360 cameras that includes a selfie stick / monopod, tripod legs for the stand, and a carrying case for the camera and the accessory kit.