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Facebook announces improvements to its Live 360 feature

Facebook announces improvements to its Live 360 feature Facebook announces improvements to its Live 360 feature
Theresa Hayes | 26 July, 2017, 14:13

On top of that, 4K has opened the for viewers to watch broadcasts in VR - live or once they're over - in the Facebook 360 app for Gear VR on the Oculus Store. Most notably, you can now view live-streamed 360-degree video on Facebook in up to 4K resolution, helping increase the fidelity of streams for viewers who have a capable monitor and creators who have powerful enough streaming gear.

Nvidia has announced that its Shield TV boxes will now be able to offer YouTube 360 video support, including live streams from creators, thanks to its fresh new system update. For some of these cameras, Facebook will be adding stabilization support for 360 broadcasts.

Facebook is working on certifying cameras and software suites that work best with going Live called the Live 360 Ready Program.

In previous versions of the YouTube app on SHIELD, there were buttons which allowed you to skip forward and backward in a video.

The list includes the Garmin VIRB 360, Giroptic iO, Insta360 Nano, Insta360 Air, Insta360 Pro, ION360 U, Nokia Ozo Orah 4i, Z CAM S1, and 360fly 4K Pro. The Samsung VR headset users will be able to see Live 360 videos through the Facebook app through "Watch in VR" icon inside the app.

Last, but not least, Facebook is launching the "Ready" program.

These cameras and software offerings will be marked with a Facebook Live logo on either their packaging or on product websites (more information can be found here). While a nonprofit can also add the button to raise money for their cause.

After the initial setup users can just hit the red button and they will go instantly live on Facebook. Additionally, the YouTube team updated the autoplay feature meaning that the next video no longer starts automatically, but rather, there's now a five second buffer that gives you time to play a video of yourchoosing or even pause video playback.

If you are a Page Admin, you can use the Facebook Live API to schedule a Live 360 broadcast.

No, Facebook is not giving up on Live, on the contrary. We've all clicked on "History" only to think, "What are these videos?"

Note: Live 360 videos can be scheduled between 10 minutes and seven days before the scheduled broadcast.

The Guide tool allows broadcasters to direct viewers to the most important parts of the video, including the ability to set up points of interest and auto-direct the field of view.