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Daily 360

The New York Times is doing one of those 365 photo projects.  Except it’s video, and it’s 360° video.  And it’s pretty cool.

I am a believer in 360°, I think it will be the future.  However, we need to get the bitrate compression better for the videos.  Everything looks like crap.

You can check out the videos they’ve posted so far over at The Daily 360.  The videos aren’t long, most seem to be under 1 minute.  So you can dedicate that time to watching them and playing around.  The video is curtsy of Samsung, and their Gear 360 camera.  It’s quite nice to see this being given main stream appeal.  Hopefully, like I said, it will bring costs down, and quality up.

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Grand Central in 360°

I think that 360° video will be the next big thing.  I’ve posted quite a few 360 videos in the last few months.  Well this year might be the time when consumer grade 360° video takes off.  Last month Samsung released the Gear 360 camera in Korea, they’ve been mum about when it will actually be released for the general public in America, right now you had to be at VidCon in Anaheim, I wasn’t there.  Instead I bought it on eBay, super great about that.

Anyway, this weekend I took my brand new camera out to NYC to try it out and see what it could do.  The best shots came from when I set it up in Grand Central.  I took a short video, and then I held it up for half a minute to take a time-lapse.  Both came out pretty well.  Here is the two time-lapses, and a video.  Enjoy