Facebook on Friday announced that it has started rolling out 360 degree videos on mobile. The feature will allow users to watch videos shot in 360 degree from a number of different angles. While the feature was earlier announced for Android and Web, now it is also available for iOS devices.
Watching videos in 360 degree angle is almost like watching the event for real as one can explore different perspectives and angles by moving their fingers on mobile screens or cursor on desktops.
Facebook CEO and co-founder said in a post, “360 video is a completely new experience because you can move the camera around. This opens new ways of sharing experiences and makes you feel like you’re part of what you’re watching. It’s a step towards even more immersive experiences.”
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Zuckerberg also posted a video shot in North Korea by ABC News. The video shows how panning the camera to shoot videos from lots of different angles can actually create a 360 degree effect for viewers.
“We think people will share a lot more 360 content in the future, especially as technology makes it easier to record it themselves. We’re excited you can discover them on Facebook,” Zuckerberg added.
Facebook also launched a website to help users create and share immersive videos. The website showcases a Star Wars video, 2015 Halo Award (Walk the Moon concert) video by Nickelodeon and several other videos with the immersive 360 feature. The website offers a ‘Learn’ option where the social media giant will guide users through the process of making 360 degree videos.
While the 360 degree videos appear in your NewsFeed, one will need Samsung’s Gear VR to get a fully immersive experience.