Sharing live videos on Facebook has just gotten more fun. The social networking company recently opened up its 360-degree live video feature to everyone. With this update, you will be able to use Live 360 to “transport people into moments and experiences, right as they happen”.
Live 360-degree video on Facebook was first introduced in December last year. It was only limited only to selected users and as promised, the social networking company has decided to roll it out to the rest of us. Of course, in order to share a Live 360 video, you will need to use a 360-degree camera. It should work with all 360-degree cameras, but Facebook suggests that you use its recommended cameras such as Insta360 Nano/Air attachments for smartphones, Nokia Ozo, the newly announced Samsung Gear 360, and more.
Once you have the 360-degree camera ready, just launch Live Video, pick your streaming audience, add a description and go live. Just like viewing a regular 360-degree video, all you need to do is pan around using your mouse or by moving your smartphone. Of course, for a better viewing experience, get your viewers to watch your Live 360 stream using headsets like the GearVR, Oculus Rift or Google DayDream.
Sadly though, while Apple has already launched a dedicated video app on smart TVs and Apple TV, it is not available for 360-degree videos. The company says “Live 360 and regular 360 videos are not available for casting and watching on television at this time”.
Live 360 is now available for all Profile and Pages now so if you have a 360-degree camera with you, go ahead and test it out. Check out Facebook for more information, and find out the best practices for Live 360 so you can give a better experience to your viewers.