Facebook has finally provided an access to its feature that allows users with the right equipment to stream 360-degree live videos on the widely-used social network. On Wednesday, the California-based Corporation formally announced that users can now share their spherical content using a camera that can shoot footages with the said degrees.
The popular social network Facebook has made streaming more transformative for its users as it combined for the first time the live streaming and the 360-degree footage features. These two features were initially introduced three months ago as separate updates and it took a matter of time to put it in a single premium development.
The National Geographic was the inaugural user of the feature backed in December when it broadcasted live an 80-day isolation of eight space scientists in Mars. Now the 360-degre live videos roll out globally to all profiles and pages and serve Facebook users with equipment like Samsung Gear 360, Giroptic IO, Insta360, Allie Camera, Z Cam S1 and the Nokia Ozo cameras.
Chetan Gupta and Abesh Thakur, the product managers of Facebook, explained the process in going 360-degree live videos in just five easy steps. To do it, a user should open up the camera’s software, log into Facebook, set the post’s privacy, write the description then go live.
Aside from the 360-degree live videos, Facebook also introduced spatial audio features that will allow users to experience the exact sounds within the footage as they are in actual scenes. It was first added in October for pre-recorded 360 videos but it can now be utilized in live broadcasts.
Facebook Product Manager Supratik Lahiri and Software Engineer Chetan Gupta shared in a blog post that this new feature gives users authentic window to the everyday happenings in the world. They wrote, “360 video immerses viewers fully into the scene, letting them explore on their own and experience a new environment.”