Live like a New Yorker, if only for a moment, were the opening lines of a new post updated on the Facebook 360 page. Facebook has released the first film shot with its Surround 360 camera, which had been unveiled last month at the F8 conference. The film called Here and Now was shot in Grand Central Station in New York City. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
It is a three-minute video shot from a single angle, giving the viewer a glimpse of how a normal day in Grand Central Station passes by. The video shows people passing by with three small stories played out. The first story is of a family saying goodbye to a daughter, the second one is of a couple arguing and a group of friends going out for the night. The 360 video covers the aesthetic beauty of the station as well by showing a view of the ceiling it s widely famous for. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
The video was designed primarily for Oculus Gear VR but it can be viewed on your computer and smartphone as well. On the computer, the 360 view can be achieved by moving the mouse around and on the smartphone, tilting or moving the phone works. The best viewing experience of this video would be in full 3D-360 with the Oculus Video app on Gear VR.
Facebook aims to achieve new heights in video making with this new technology. While they are not going to put the finished product on sale, they will put up a design for camera hardware and the accompanying stitching code on GitHub this summer. The camera and the software are open-sourced so that people around the world would be encouraged to venture into the growth of the 3D-360 ecosystem.