Vuze VR camera aims to give you high-end 360 video for only $800

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May 252016
 

There’s a small lie that’s snowballing into a huge lie when it comes to 360-degree videos and virtual reality.

You see, with the rise of VR, there’s been an inevitable rush to produce content for it. People want stuff to watch in their expensive VR headsets, and many content creators and companies are arguably misleading consumers with 360-degree videos (and cameras that shoot 360-degree videos).

Yes, most 360-degree videos are viewable in a VR headset and allow for omnidirectional viewing experiences, but they aren’t real VR. They’re still just flat 2D videos with no depth to them.

But after taking a look at several 360-degree videos shot with the Vuze, I’m now convinced that for any content to be classified truly as VR content, it needs to have 3D stereoscopic depth.

HumanEyes’ Vuze is an $800 VR camera that’s slightly larger than a Roku or Apple TV media streaming box. Unlike other 360-degree cameras that are mistakenly referred to as “VR cameras” that only have one or two spherical lenses, the Vuze has eight cameras — two on each of its four edges. Each camera records in full HD.

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Facebook adds support for 360-degree videos

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Sep 252015
 

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360-degree video has arrived on Facebook.

The social network is beginning to add the immersive videos to the News Feed, the company announced Wednesday. The videos will be viewable from the web and from Facebook’s iOS and Android apps.

The videos, first announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, are filmed with a special camera setup that captures q full 360-degree view of the scene. Much like the 360-degree videos on YouTube, you can change your view of the video by dragging you finger (or cursor, if you’re on a browser) around the screen or holding your phone at a different angle.

The videos will be available on the web and Android app first and will roll out to the iOS app “in the coming months.”

Facebook is partnering with a select group of publishers on the videos — including Disney and Lucasfilm, GoPro, Vice and Saturday Night Live — to start but says it will open up the videos to more people “who are at the cutting edge of exploring this medium” in the next few days.

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