Panoramic video production company 360Heros has today announced a new camera system designed specifically for the creation of virtual reality (VR) video content. The company’s technology utilizes GoPro cameras to record every angle of an environment.
With a 360 x 180 degree field-of-view captured, the end product is an .mp4 file that can be experienced via VR head-mounted displays (HMDs). By simply saving the .mp4 file to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, panoramic video content can be experienced with the Gear VR. The VR content drops the user directly into the video, allowing them to explore locations across the globe and experience activities otherwise unavailable to them.
“People can go hang gliding in a box in their living room or watch the fountains in Dubai – this is insane. VR enthusiasts have been waiting for this moment,” stated one user upon watching the VR content presented by 360Heros.
Users can also experience the content with Google Cardboard, as 360Heros have released a mobile app, 360 Video Library App, featuring hundreds of interactive 360 videos. Available for iOS and Android, the app has a VR setting that presents videos in a dual screen mode optimised for Google Cardboard. The app works with a mobile device’s gyroscopic sensors, allowing users to mimic their real-world motions within the HMD.
The app’s content and browser-based content is hosted via the 360Heros Video Hosting Center, where producers can upload, share and syndicate panoramic videos. This syndication service gives producers the ability to earn up to 80% residual commission from their panoramic video content and the hosting service supports panoramic video with variable resolutions of 4K, 2K or 1K mobile streaming.
A selection of sample content, as well as a media player optimised for use with an Oculus Rift HMD, is available via 360Heros’ official website. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on 360Heros’ products and services.