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Samsung unveils Samsung 360 Round 3D VR camera

Samsung Electronics has unveiled the 360 Round, a 3D VR camera, at the Samsung Developer Conference. The new device uses 17 lenses – eight horizontally positioned stereo pairs and one upwards pointing single lens – to capture and livestream 4K 3D panoramic video at 30 frames per second. Each camera module features a 1/2.8” 2MP sensor and F1.8 aperture.

With a compact and rugged (IP65 water and dust resistance) uni-body the camera has been designed for use in all weather conditions and the lack of a fan means there is no unwanted background noise. PC software for controlling the camera and stitching is included and the camera features a range of interfaces, for example to connect external microphones or storage devices.

“The Samsung 360 Round is a testament to our leadership in the VR market. We have developed a product that contains innovative VR features, allowing video producers and broadcast professionals to easily produce high quality 3D content,” said Suk-Jea Hahn, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Global Mobile B2B Team. “The combination of livestreaming capabilities, IP65 water and dust resistance and 17 lenses makes this camera ideal for a broad range of use cases our customers want—from livestreaming major events to filming at training facilities across various industries.”

The Samsung 360 Round will be available in October in the United States and be introduced to other markets over time. Samsung says the camera is aimed at VR professionals and enthusiasts and ‘reasonably priced’ without specifying the latter any further at this point. More information is available on the Samsung website.

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Nokia Lays OZO VR Camera to Permanent Rest

By Charles Haine

The Nokia OZO, currently the market leader in 360° video capture, will no longer be developed.

Nokia has officially announced that it will no longer develop the OZO, the company’s all-in-one solution for 360° video capture. The camera platform has been the most popular in the space due to its streamlined nature, both being powered from and capturing to a single unit.

This workflow was refined in comparison to competitive systems that involved rigging and syncing multiple GoPros or custom building from parts, and it took off with filmmakers who wanted explore VR without the headaches. The OZO is particularly popular in the VR space, where events like movie premiere red carpets are streamed to ever-growing audiences in 360°.

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Why VR risks crossing an ethical line

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Sarah Redohl)

VR is capable of all sorts of experiences - on both sides of the ethics spectrum

With the increase in ultra realistic realtime 3D graphics, Virtual Reality is now capable of some truly breathtaking experiences. With great power, however, comes great responsibility as the saying goes. Just where does the line become drawn between entertainment and education, and the limits of ethics?

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    Why VR could be on shaky ground as Nokia abandons Ozo

    By noreply@redsharknews.com (Adrian Pennington)

    VR is following 3D with a lacklustre take-up

    First it was 3D, now it could be VR. The news that Nokia is halting development of its Ozo VR system is a further signal that wearing hefty head gear while viewing content is not a marriage made in heaven.

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      From:: RedShark News

      Nokia pulls the plug on the Ozo VR camera, will lay off up to 310 employees

      Nokia Technologies has announced that it will be reducing its investments in VR due to “slower-than-expected development of the VR market,” and this means putting an end to its Ozo VR camera. While Nokia will fulfill its commitments to customers who have already purchased the camera, the company explains that it will not develop future versions of Ozo.

      Nokia revealed the change of plans in a statement yesterday, in which the company also detailed a business restructuring plan that includes laying off up to 310 employees—a significant percentage of Nokia Technologies’ 1,090 worker base. These layoffs will primarily happen in the US, UK and Finland, and are part of a shift towards “digital health and brand and technology licensing.”

      Presently, the Ozo+ camera is still listed as available in Nokia’s online store for $25,000 USD.

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      Nokia focuses on patent, brand and technology licensing and targets faster growth in digital health with sharpened strategy for Nokia Technologies

      Press Release

      • Increased focus on digital health and brand and technology licensing balanced with optimized investments in virtual reality
      • Planned changes expected to impact Nokia Technologies employees mainly in Finland, the US and the UK
      • Nokia’s successful patent licensing business is not in scope of planned changes

      October 10, 2017

      Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced plans to sharpen the focus of Nokia Technologies on digital health, and accelerate growth in that market, while optimizing investments in virtual reality (VR). Nokia Technologies will also focus on growing brand and technology licensing while leaving its successful patent licensing business untouched.

      The shift deepens Nokia’s commitment to fully leverage its digital health portfolio acquired through the purchase of Withings in 2016. Through a more focused, more agile digital health business, Nokia aims to have larger impact with consumers and the medical community.

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      Nokia stops building its OZO Professional Virtual Reality Camera

      By Matthew Allard ACS

      Nokia has stopped building its OZO virtual reality cameras after their research found that the VR market was developing at a slower than expected rate. This also coincides with Nokia…

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      Flight School’s Debut Original VR Experience Manifest 99 Wins Future of Storytelling Independent Jury Award

      By Press Kitchen

      DALLAS

      Dallas-based new media creative studio Flight School has been awarded the Independent Jury Award for its debut original VR experience Manifest 99 at the 2017 Future of Storytelling Festival, which took place…

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      Seagate’s 12TB BarraCuda Pro is the fastest, highest capacity desktop drive on the market

      As storage needs grow with the rise of VR content and ubiquity of 4K video, it looks like more and more hard drive options are becoming available that boast better reliability and performance at even bigger capacities. Case in point: Seagate has just announced new 12TB versions of its IronWolf, IronWolf Pro, and BarraCuda Pro hard drives, following hot on the heels of Western Digital’s recent 12TB drive launch.

      These new Seagate drives come in a 3.5-inch form factor, with the BarraCuda Pro drive designed for desktop use, while both IronWolf drives are designed for Network-attached Storage (NAS) devices.

      According to Seagate, the new 7200rpm 12TB BarraCuda Pro is “the fastest, highest-capacity and most reliable hard drive for desktop computing available on the market today.” The inclusion of Intel Optane non-volatile memory offers responsiveness and performance akin to that of an SSD, as well as twice the load and boot speeds compared to standard drives. This tech allows the drive to offer sustained data transfer rates of 250MB/s and burst data speeds up to 6Gb/s.

      The IronWolf drives, meanwhile, are designed for creative professionals and others who prefer centralizing data onto a NAS unit. Both of the new 12TB drives support Seagate’s IronWolf Health Management software, which is designed for use with the Asustor NAS, Synology DiskStation NAS, and QNAP NAS units and helps to protect data with ‘prevention, intervention, and recovery’ solutions.

      The IronWolf 12TB drive has a sustained data transfer rate of 210MB/s and the IronWolf Pro 12TB has a sustained transfer rate of 250MB/s. Both the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro 12TB HDDs are listed on Newegg for $470 and $540, respectively. Unfortunately, the ‘world’s fastest’ of the bunch, the BarraCuda Pro → continue…

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      The Insta360 Pro 8K is certified to capture Google Street View photos while you drive

      In May, Google unveiled the ‘Street View ready’ program that will certify a total of twenty 360-degree cameras for capturing Street View footage, and the first was just named. The Insta360 Pro, an 8K 360-degree camera available to consumers, was given Google’s official stamp of approval yesterday; this means that anyone who purchases this $3,500 camera can use it to capture their own 360-degree footage for inclusion in Google’s Street View product.

      The Insta360 Pro falls under Google’s “Street View auto ready” category, which means it is certified for use in capturing Street View footage from a vehicle—camera owners can actually attach the Insta360 Pro to their car and record 360-degree images while driving. The resulting footage is then processed by the camera’s Stitcher desktop software and uploaded to Google using the Street View app. Google can then use the imagery in the Street View app, on Google Earth, and/or on Google Maps with credit going to the individual who captured the images.

      This is done on an entirely voluntary basis, meaning there’s no compensation for capturing the content. Content shared by users may help Google fill any voids in its existing Street View library.

      Another three cameras will be certified under the ‘auto’ category in the Street View ready program, while the other cameras will fall under mobile, VR, and workflow categories. These categories certify cameras for uploading Street View imagery directly from mobile, from publishing tools, and for VR systems.

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      5 Crucial Lessons for Making Your First Web Series

      By Sarah Salovaara

      Here’s what you need to know before you take that leap of faith.

      [Editor’s Note: NFS asked Sarah Salovaara to write up these tips based on her experiences making the web series ‘Let Me Die a Nun’.]

      Aspiring filmmakers are told time and again that the most exciting opportunities today lie not in the obsolescent three-act feature, but in the shape-shifting formats of web content, interactive gaming and VR. The most sought after deep pockets belong to digital media companies and streaming networks rather than traditional production outfits. Between funding opportunities and the internet’s status as the world’s favorite 24-hour theater, the web series has seen a major uptick in popularity over the last handful of years.

      So I decided to jump in and make one of my own. Below are some things that I learned over the couple of years spent making and shopping around my six-part series, Let Me Die a Nun, about a lesbian nun and her Jewish stalker, starring Ana Fabrega, Hari Nef and Carl Kranz.

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      From:: No Film School

      GoPro Fusion – 360 VR wearable camera with 5.2K video capture

      By Matthew Allard ACS

      The GoPro Fusion 360 VR camera is a new wearable 360° camera that can capture 5.2K video at up to 30fps. GoPro Fusion is clearly aimed directly at other affordable…

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      GoPro Unleashes Fusion, a 5.2K VR Camera That Fits in Your Pocket

      By V Renée

      GoPro doesn’t want you to just capture virtual reality with the Fusion. It wants you to relive the real thing.

      At NAB back in April, GoPro announced that they were entering the VR camera market with their 360-degree spherical camera, Fusion. Information about this interesting little camera was virtually non-existent, but now that GoPro has taken it out of its pilot program, we’re able to catch a glimpse at the whole enchilada, including specs, price, availability, and test footage that might very well knock your socks off.

      Fusion boasts 5.2K resolution, powerful gimbal-like image stabilization in-camera, and spherical surround sound. It’s also waterproof at up to 16-feet, has a voice command feature, and works with the GoPro app so you can preview your shots and stitch them together right on your phone. Oh, and did I mention that it doesn’t look like a ball of cameras glued together?

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      From:: No Film School

      See Soderbergh & More for Free (or Deep Discounts) at Future of Storytelling Fest

      By Liz Nord

      Enter to win tickets for New York’s Future of Storytelling Festival with over 100 VR, AR screenings & filmmaker talks.

      The Future of Storytelling events have gained a reputation for being the some of the most exciting explorations of immersive storytelling in our business, and this year’s program—which takes place October 6-8 in Snug Harbor, Staten Island—looks like it could top them all. Main stage events that we are excited about include a discussion with Oscar-winning director and writer Steven Soderbergh about his career and Mosaic, a new interactive project he is developing for HBO; and an advanced screening of the Mr. Robot Season 3 premiere, followed by a Q&A with show creator Sam Esmail.

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      From:: No Film School