Facebook Converts Panorama In to 360 Photos
Facebook has been at the forefront of promoting virtual reality to the masses. It acquired Oculus Rift for the same purpose a while back and also enabled 360 degree videos for their users to view on their devices. The videos, while viewing on desktop, needed to be manually hovered around whereas on smartphones and tablets you could just move around your device to get the all-round view of the video. The trend caught up and we saw number of video being promoted in 360 degree category. For 360 videos, you need special kind of cameras which can capture surroundings from all directions and stitch them together to create an entire video. As a result, there was limited content on the internet. In order to improve this, Facebook now lets users upload their own images in 360 degree format.
The new feature was introduced some time back by the social media giant. The best part about this is you can upload panorama pictures and they will be uploaded as 360 degree images. This means the photos will no longer be flat images where you had to zoom in and move the photo around to get the complete picture. With the support for 360 photos, your friends and family can now be a part of the moment you experienced.
There are number of apps and devices using which the panorama photos can be uploaded as 360 photos. The 360 enabled cameras like Samsung’s Gear 360, Giroptic 360 Cam, LG’s 360 Cam, Pano, 360Fly, Ricoh Theta S or IC Realtech ALLie. These cameras can all capture a 360 photo which can be uploaded on Facebook. For Samsung Galaxy S5 or Note 3 and higher versions, users can select the surround shot or the regular Panorama mode to capture panoramic or 360 photo. You can also capture 180 degree photo and upload on Facebook. For iPhones, photos taken from iPhone 4s and above models are supported. Similarly you have iPad mini 2 or newer, iPad Air and Air 2 or iPad Pro with abilities to take 360 photos. If you do not have above phone models, you can use third party apps like Google Street View, Theta S, Cardboard Camera or Google camera apps. If for some reason, the image taken is not stitched, you can use apps like PTGui to stitch them together.
Uploading the 360 image is similar to uploading your regular photos. Any picture beyond 100 degree of vision will be treated as 360 degree photo by Facebook and you have a small compass icon at its side. You can also view them in your VR headsets by clicking on ‘View in VR’ button on top of the image. This gives you a more immersive experience. Similar to videos, the photos too can be viewed by dragging your finger or rotating your device or using mouse in case of desktop and laptops. Do let you know your experience in capturing and uploading 360 photos in the comment section below.
Picture courtesy – appsworldnews.com, macworld.com and samsung.com
by techtalks @TechTalks July 31, 2016 5:53 AM UTC