You will finally start seeing 360-degree videos on Facebook
You are about to see a brand new type of video on Facebook. The company just announced that 360-degree videos will start appearing on your News Feed. You will be able to experience these videos by fragging around the frame with your cursor on desktop or navigate within the video by simply tilting your device. The first publishers that will release 360-degree videos are Star Wars, Discovery,GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, NBC's Saturday Night Live, and VICE.
Try the GoPro video here:
GoPro Spherical: Sand Dune Jumping in VR with Ronnie Renner
Check out freeride legend Ronnie Renner FMX carving up the dunes in Idaho with full 360 view. For the most immersive experience, click and drag the camera.Posted by GoPro on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
And the one from Star Wars here:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Immersive 360 Experience
Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook.Posted by Star Wars on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Ideally, one day any users will be allowed to upload 360-degree videos, but for now the technology to shoot in 360 is not widespread, as the process requires a set up with multiple cameras that capture everything that happens around them, or dedicated cameras like the Ricoh Theta, which for now is only compatible for uploading on YouTube.
As Facebook commented:
At the same time Facebook is also releasing instant articles to a wider audience as explained in this video:
In the future, imagine watching 360 videos of a friend's vacation to a small village in France or a festival in Brazil — you'll be able to look around and experience it as if you were there. Along with updates from your friends and family, you will also be able to discover amazing new content on Facebook from media companies, organizations, and individual creators.
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