Facebook has been teasing its plans to produce 360-degree video for users for a while now. The big thing we didn’t know about the 360 video plans was just when the videos would launch. As of today Facebook has announced that the 360-degree videos will begin rolling out in News Feed.
Creating the 360-degree video requires a special set of cameras when the video is filmed that allows recording of 360-degrees of a scene at the same time. The cool part for people who watch the videos is that they can change the angle they are viewing from at any time.
To change the angle, the user can drag the video around with the cursor on a computer or drag the finger on mobile apps. The coolest way to control the angle you view video on mobile is by holding the phone up and simply moving it around to change perspective.
Some of the first publishers to share 360 videos on Facebook as of today include Star Wars, Discovery, GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, Saturday Night Live, and VICE. The coolest bit for geeks will likely be the 360 experience from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie coming in a few months.
The 360 video rollout is starting on Android and will come to iOS in the coming months.