Facebook has announced some updates to its 360 degree live streaming video platform to make it more accessible to creators and viewers. They also announced a new program called the Live 360 Ready Program. It is a certification for a 360 camera that has been vetted by Facebook for Live 360.
Facebook Live Certified 360 Cameras
Currently, they support both various consumer 360 cameras as well as professional 360 cameras.
It also supports a list of software streaming suites including Assimilate SCRATCH VR, Groovy Gecko, Livescale 360, Teradek, Voysys, Wowza and Z CAM Wonderlive.
All of these products will have a Facebook Live logo on their packaging, so you know that they have been certified by Facebook for the Live 360 Ready Program. You will be able to interact with the cameras and stream to Facebook through their Mobile App. The viewers will also be able to interact with the streamer as well.
4k Live Streaming
Included in the announcements, the most important one is probably Facebook saying they are supporting 4k streaming. Before, you could not stream live in 4k so this is a huge deal. Consumers might have to be careful when viewing the 4k video live because it could eat up their data plan pretty easily. Live streaming is also being added to the Gear VR via the Facebook 360 app, so you can watch the live stream through your headset and feel fully immersed.
Donation Button for NonProfits
Another interesting feature that is being rolled out for live streaming is the donation button.
This allows viewers to support US nonprofits for verified streamers and creators. It also enables them to schedule live streams and alert the viewers to the time they are about to go live. Facebook also added some stabilization features to potentially reduce camera shake. Analytics will also be available for the streamer, they can see highlighted important parts of archived broadcasts as well as a heat map so you can see where viewers were looking at most of the time.
If you want a sneak peek at the Facebook’s 360 streaming, then make sure to mark on your calendars for July 28th – 30th as Facebook has a partnership with Blend Media to test out the streaming abilities.