back to article 8K video gives virtual reality the full picture for mainstream use

Over the last six months, 360-degree videos have become A Thing. Google added support in YouTube, Facebook followed, and now we see a cavalcade of announcements from device manufacturers, all wanting a slice of the next revolution in photography. It’s easy to understand why: immersive video provides a feeling of ‘being there’ …

  1. Adam 1

    questions before I buy one

    For how long will Samsung provide security patches for it?

    How long will Samsung guarantee to keep any services alive that are required for it to function?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: questions before I buy one

      Based on how they handle their other products like their multi thousand dollar smart 4K TVs, when they come out with the next version, this one might receive a couple minor updates and that'll be it. If you're looking for a 3-5 year lifetime, keep looking.

  2. heyrick Silver badge

    My two year old Samsung S5 Mini just got Android 5 last weekend

    Just sayin...

    1. Gotno iShit Wantno iShit

      Re: My two year old Samsung S5 Mini just got Android 5 last weekend

      Thrilling isn't it. Like you I now have an S5 mini with a not quite so outdated and vulnerable OS as it had. Only took Samsung 14 months. It still doesn't have the only new Android feature I actually give a crap about - selective permissions. There is nothing of value in 5 so far as I can see. Oh and a feature I rely on daily is now unreliable - alarms.

  3. Putters

    How ... ?

    ... do you avoid taking a selfie every time you use this thing ?

    1. Adam 52 Silver badge

      Re: How ... ?

      It's only 360 degrees in one plane so you can be underneath it.

      1. VinceH

        Re: How ... ?

        Glue it to your head!

      2. Putters

        Re: How ... ?

        You sure ? Sort of assumed it was 3D all around from the article comment "so when you stretch that out in both directions (width and height) over an entire sphere, a high resolution image becomes very sparse and grainy."

        Also looking at the picture (which unhelpfully cuts off at the cameras themselves - but I'm assuming given the likely height of the transparent domes the light receiving business end is above the cutoff and is something along the lines of the digital equivalent of a fisheye lens approach ), there's only two cameras so I'm assuming they effectively take a hemisphere each.

    2. 360rumors

      Re: How ... ?

      You can use a tripod and a self-timer (up to 10 secs) or use a compatible Samsung phone as a remote shutter.

      Best regards,

      Mic

  4. Banksy

    Friend

    I wish I had some friends that sent me tech gear.

    Ah, fwiend.

  5. Banksy
    Paris Hilton

    Pr0n

    I assume you've taken some naughty 360 photos and videos? It's what this thing was designed for.

  6. Francis Boyle
  7. stu 4

    OK, I'm jealous.

    I've got a samsung gear VR and oculus rift.

    And I shoot immersive videos with gopros just now (usually of me paramotoring over mountains, etc).

    I'm waiting for a reasonably priced 360x180 4k camera to get more immersive.

    At present, I find with gopro I can pull out 4k to 170 horizontal x 120 vertical and get good results.

    I've been waiting for the nikon 360 key mission, but it's been put back to 3rd or 4th quarter now :-(

    imho it's the future of VR (well 3d 8k 360x180 probably). It gets around the need for the supercomputer to power the graphics, etc and gives you a truly new experience.

    I think we will see 'movies' soon that start to make sense of it.. but it needs real thought - it's back the square one with every cinematographer rule of the last 100 years to work out what works.

  8. wsm

    Just sayin'

    All the UHD in the world and they didn't notice that the image of the camera is upside-down?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Just sayin'

      Nah, ya numpty, that's Korean for OK.

      ;-)

  9. jasonk001

    S6 App not available in UK on play store

    I have just had it confirmed that the Gear 360 Manager app is not available for the S6. Only the S7 compatible version is currently available to download in the Play Store or via Galaxy Apps.

    Samsung have said S6 users will be able to download the app in the next few working days.

  10. The elephant in the room

    So come Black Friday...

    hopefully we'll able to pick up a cheap Theta S which has just been made obsolete by the Theta T or S2 etc.

  11. wayward4now
    Paris Hilton

    The porn industry will decide if this flies or flutters, I'm looking forward to the result!

  12. Gene Cash Silver badge

    360fly

    Just as an FYI, I bought myself a "360fly" as a birthday present, which is basically half of this thing (one fisheye lens) but it's actually available in the US. One good feature is it's waterproof and another is that the Android app is surprisingly quite good. It's even got a mode where you can use the app with a Google Cardboard VR viewer in real-time.

    I have the HD one instead of the 4K one, but it's still pretty good resolution and $100 cheaper.

    The only downside is you have to convert from fisheye to equirectangular with their Windows program (about an hour for 10 minutes of video on a Windows Virtualbox VM) and then YouTube can handle it as a pannable 360 video. I haven't yet found a free & decent Linux conversion program for video (there are tons for images)

  13. Inventor of the Marmite Laser

    We have the platform - great

    Now all we need is content worth watching

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