As promised, Facebook delivered the Surround 360 camera open source. The project was announced in April 2016. This camera will not be available commercially. The 360-degree camera will contain 17 high-resolution cameras and can be building at a cost of $30,000. GitHub will provide the information about putting the camera together and installing the software and fix problems in the working of the camera.
Facebook also listed the components needed to build the Surround 360 camera. The design specifications were also released. Facebook also released the stitching and processing software. All this make creating the videos simple.
How to Setup and Use Facebook Surround 360 Camera
Facebook intends to have more VR and 360-degree content as it is now not the only one to have this type of content but there are competitions in the form of Google. Facebook Surround 360 camera is a Do It Yourself project which is expensive. Availability of the software might help the inventors to develop 360 cameras for an economic price in future.
The blueprint to build the 360-degree surround camera is now available free for everyone and the stitching software to put the videos together is also available. The goal of Facebook is to encourage shooting footage with this experimental format and sharing it on Facebook.
The list of components needed for building Facebook Surround 360 camera are the cameras and lenses, wiring, hardware, tools, thread lockers, adhesives, machine parts, computer, other computer hardware.
Those who are interested in building the surround 360 cameras can go to GitHub and download the stitching software code and design specifications. Get all the parts ready and keep the assembly manual ready. Facebook Surround 360 can be built in just four hours. It may take another couple of hours for setting up the operating system.
The cameras needed for building the Facebook 360 Surround camera is Grasshopper3 4.1 MP color USB3 vision as recommended by Facebook. This is manufactured by Point Grey and the unit price of this camera is $1,295. There is a requirement of seventeen of these cameras. High-resolution wide-angle lens for 1” sensor are also needed and these are manufactured by Sunex. The unit price of these are $129 and the quantity required is 14.
Advantages of Facebook Surround 360 Camera
There are many advantages with 360-degree cameras. One of the advantages with Facebook Surround 360 cameras is that it is high quality and is durable camera system. 3D content can be created using this. Stitching software is also made available by Facebook and any one can use and learn to build the camera and create content.
Though there are other not very expensive models such as 360Fly and Ricoh Theta which cost you $400 and is off shelf models, professional 360 camera models such as Nokia Ozo costs you %15,000. Unlike these models, some of which are only in limited production, Facebook Surround 360 will be available immediately and the parts needed to build it are generally available.
The videos come out of Facebook 360 Surround sound with the need of processing as the stitching software is also offered by the company. Creators can get their footage immediately and need not wait for days to process the videos. The content shot with the camera is sharp and this camera also offers dynamic streaming. Surround 360 is a great camera to take news feed photos or videos and these need to be posted on Facebook only but not on other social sites. Facebook is going to have a more VR content in the coming days.
Facebook new invention surround 360 degree camera launched in the market. It can capture 360 degree videos on Facebook. Facebook Surround 360 is an open source camera, but it is little bit expensive. The above is an Ultimate guide to Facebook Surround 360 degree camera launched by Facebook itself.