A Z Cam S1-based
workflow setup for
or for 3840x2160 at 30 fps, with an upload bitrate of 13–20Mbps.
Facebook, with its Live 360 video platform, is
making major investments in its ecosystem and
community to bring together its content creators and consumers. Facebook now features
live-streamed 360° video up to 4K resolution. The
streams are viewable in 4K/360° on the Samsung
Gear VR. Facebook intends to offer 4K/360° live
video for Oculus Rift in near the future.
You can find upload specs and recommendations for Facebook Live 360 at go2sm.com/44.
Being able to see a live preview on-set allows
the director, clients, or production crew members to get an instant visualization of what is
being captured from the stitched camera view.
The Teradek Sphere allows for live preview and
live stitching of panoramic video view while on-set. Having this feature enhances overall production value and allows you to troubleshoot
possible stitching errors that diminish the quality of the stream.
Vahana VR software also provides a live preview in real time. It has an equirectangular preview mode for viewing the full panoramic video
on a connected display, as well as interactive
mode for first-person view in a VR headset.
Developing Your Own
VR/360 Streaming Workflow
As mentioned previously, there are many
choices in VR production, and every company or individual producer will have their own
methodologies in accomplishing a goal. What I
have presented are general workflows that have
served as a basis for my company in 360° streaming live events including fashion shows, music
concerts, corporate presentations, and product
launches. Hopefully this will serve as a template
that you can build on and expand based on your
own or your client’s specific needs.
360° live streaming is still in its infancy and
has yet to reach its full potential. When content improves and captures the hearts and
imaginations of its viewers, only then will it be
an easier sell to a broader swath of consumers
and make inroads into the mainstream. But
until then, it will remain a niche market, albeit
one with great potential.
Mark Alamares ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is a tech entrepreneur and
media strategist for Fortune 500 companies. He is the CEO of
Mobeon, an advanced media studio and consultancy for enterprise,
specializing in immersive content production and distribution.
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