360-degree videos bring Facebook one step closer to a VR News Feed

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

360-Degree Videos Coming to Facebook News Feeds.

Maher Saba, Facebook’s engineering director for video, called the addition a response to users enjoying “more immersive content in their News Feeds.” “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,” he wrote in a statement. Action camera maker GoPro Inc has posted a video on motocross riding in the Idaho desert, while Vice Media has released a video of on-the-ground reporting in Afghanistan.Facebook announced that it’s rolling out 360-degree video in News Feed, and LeBron James was among the first to be featured by the company with this new technology.

The feature is rolling out now to Facebook News Feeds on the Web and Android, and will be available on iOS “in the coming months.” To capture one of these videos you’ll need a special set of cameras — like the pricey GoPro Odyssey rig — capable of recording all 360 degrees of a scene simultaneously. “This means that when the video is playing on Facebook, you can choose what angle you want to see it from,” Facebook Video Engineering Director Maher Saba explained in a blog post. If you’re watching the video on Android, you can drag your finger around the screen to explore the complete 360-degree view of the entire scene — or you can turn the phone on its side and move around inside the video. The interactive feature is a product of Oculus, the virtual reality firm Facebook acquired for $2 billion last March, reports The Christian Science Monitor. The move comes after word spread earlier this month that Facebook was working on a new virtual reality app to let you view 360-degree videos on your phone. LeBron James Striving for Greatness is a cinematic virtual reality experience, that transports the viewer into the center of the NBA superstar’s intensive pre-season training.

As LeBron is about to begin his 13th NBA season, he works relentlessly with his trainer Mike Mancias to stay on top of his game and become a better player. In between his yoga, Pilates, swimming, biking, weight lifting and basketball training sessions, LeBron reflects on the challenges he faces and shares with the audience what inspires him to pursue his dreams.

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