Facebook launches 360-degree video with Star Wars exclusive #facebook
Facebook announced that its News Feed will now support 360-degree videos on Android and web, and they’ll work on iOS within a few months.
To create 360 videos, a special set of cameras is used to record all 360 degrees of a scene simultaneously. This means that when the video is playing on Facebook, you can choose what angle you want to see it from. On the web you can do this by dragging around the video with your cursor, and on mobile devices you do it by dragging with your finger — or even just by turning your device. You’ll be able to hold up your phone and the 360 video will follow you as you turn, looking around, to experience things from all over the world like never before.
There are a number of publishers sharing new 360 videos on Facebook today, including Star Wars, Discovery, GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and VICE. These videos help show the range of possibilities with this new medium. For example, Disney and Lucasfilm are debuting an exclusive 360 experience from its upcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, bringing fans inside the beloved Star Wars universe.
If you’re using Facebook on the web or on Android, you should be able to see 360 videos in News Feed soon. Facebook plans to roll this out for iOS in the coming months.
Currently, this type of video requires a relatively complex filming set-up to achieve the 360 effect. But as the technology improves, Facebook hopes it will become widespread among its users. Facebook's main competitor YouTube, has already added the 360 videos few months back itself.