A list of resources for everyone in the 360 industry!
360 Video Hosting online
In 2017, Vimeo launched Vimeo 360, native upload and playback support for 360-degree videos on the Vimeo platform. As filmmakers, you’re probably already familiar with Vimeo as a professional, high-quality site to distribute your content on and all of that great aesthetic and usability now extends to your 360 content as well.
VeeR is an app that’s available on the Google Play Store and the App Store. It’s a video and photo sharing platform exclusively dedicated to immersive content. As it focuses solely on the XR content creator’s needs, VeeR makes uploading your immersive content simple with no need for injecting special metadata and also accepts videos and photos in a variety of degrees (180, 270, & 360). Furthermore, the company cares about their contributors’ IP, making it clear on their website that you, as the creator, retain full rights to your content and that Veer employs various forms of copyright protection technology to reduce the opportunity that your work will be pirated.
Visbit is a brand new immersive video encoding/hosting platform. Its tagline is “Quality VR Streaming Made Easy” and its intention seems to be to corner the ultra-high resolution VR streaming market. Visbit will take your ultra high-res 360 content (up to 12K), encode it, and host it—allowing you to distribute incredibly high resolution 360 streams (up to 8K mono and stereoscopic) with an astonishingly low amount of friction. The streams play as smoothly and uninterrupted as any 1080p stream I’ve seen. You can also provide clients with direct download links.
Facebook has created a community and app (for Gear VR and Oculus) called Facebook 360 to curate and distribute 360 content from within Facebook’s user base. Contributing 360 content to Facebook 360 takes nothing more than uploading a 360-degree photo or video to Facebook. A ‘Facebook 360’ Facebook group allows creators to find and connect with each other, share content, tips, feedback and more. From within Oculus or Gear VR, users can download the Facebook 360 app and access content from contributors they follow and browse content based on preferences. Facebook also suggests for users based on the content’s popularity and the user’s past interactions with 360 content.
YouTube really needs no explanation or introduction. We all know what YouTube is and how it works, and uploading 360 videos to YouTube works just the way uploading any other video does. The platform is probably one of the most discoverable video platforms in the world but that popularity comes with a trade-off: it’s hard to make your content stand out. But, it’s well established, has the technological backing and support of Google, it’s free, and everyone knows how to find it. So we think that no matter what other channels you choose to distribute your 360 videos on, YouTube will always be part of your strategy for showcasing your content.
euronews – news in 360
BBC 360 Video & VR Immersive News
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