360Heros Inc., a company specializing in virtual reality 360 video technology, creates camera systems that can capture 4K (4,000 x 2,000 pixels) resolution VR content. Given the popularity of virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, these camera systems are helping meet the demand for high quality VR videos.
In comparison to other camera systems on the market that can only capture HD content (2,000 x 1,000 pixels), camera systems from 360Heros such as the H3Pro10 are capable of filming 12K (12,000 x 6,000 pixels) VR content that is so large only planetariums can display it. This content is known as 4K FOV 360 degree video, which means each 120 degree field of view within the panoramic content has a 4K resolution. While 4K FOV content is the most extreme of the resolutions available (12K in total), all models of 360Heros gear are capable of capturing regular 4K VR content (4,000 x 2,000 pixels, 120 degree FOV of 1.3K).
Once a producer has captured this high resolution content, the next challenge is playback. While 4K 360 video has been part of the 360Heros work flow for years, it is just now that display technology can process and screen it. An announcement at International CES in January from 360Heros brought good news for producers, as the company launched it’s new VR 360 Video Hosting Center and interactive 4K player. By uploading a 4K video to this hosting center, the company’s service automatically optimizes the file by producing a 4K, 2K and 1K version- all of which are immediately available for viewing via the new player’s built-in multi-resolution control. Another popular feature is Google Cardboard VR viewer compatibility, as the VR HMD mode splits the player’s screen on mobile devices for playback with cardboard viewers. Mobile users can access all of the content uploaded to this hosting center via the company’s mobile apps for iOS and Android.
In addition to web and mobile viewing, this hosting center makes it possible for users to download their videos with different resolution and bit rate combinations in order to play them back with the Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift. By uploading just a single file to this hosting service, producers immediately have access to browser based versions, a mobile app version and the VR HMD version. The optimization and streaming offered by this hosting center make it a one stop shop for producers looking to display their 360 degree VR videos. By providing VR camera systems, interactive VR players and the VR hosting service, 360Heros is striving to meet the needs of VR content creators at every level of the production process. With the announcement of the new Oculus Crescent Bay VR headset and VR’s growing popularity, content creation technology like the products and services from 360Heros will certainly be in high demand.
For more information about 360Heros and their virtual reality camera systems or hosting visit https://www.360heros.com.