Twitter Announces 360° Live Streaming in Periscope

1-k4cqcrhq-inhqf_mqrhj9wBy James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Making good on their promise to continue to develop Periscope’s capabilities independently, the live streaming app is adding a 360° live streaming option. Can that really work with a smartphone?

“We’ve always said that joining a broadcast is like stepping into someone else’s shoes and seeing the world through their eyes. Today, we’re introducing a more immersive way to experience those moments — with live 360 video. With 360 video on Periscope, you can experience moments with the broadcaster and take a look around — it’s one step closer to actually being there.” – Periscope Blog, Medium

Insta360 NanoThe Periscope 360 live stream posted its first video on December 28, 2016, which you can see below. It was created by Pericope favorite Alex Pettitt, and he was able to stream it thanks to the Insta360 Nano video camera attachment, which connects to the iPhone via the lightning port.

Compatible with the iPhone 6 and newer iOS devices (there’s also a spherical Android option), the Insta360 sports dual 210 degree fisheye cameras for real time video streaming via Facebook and Periscope. It promises a resolution of 3040 x 1520 resolution @ 30 fps. The price of the Insta360 camera dongle is around $200 on Amazon.

That takes care of how Pettitt and Periscope is able to live stream in 360 degrees from a mobile phone, but how does it work? Well, if you look at the video above, it honestly doesn’t look as sharp as the 1.5K resolution promises. More like the quality of the Ricoh Theta S.

But the selling point here is that you can live stream your experiences and your audience can view the action all around and interact with you. Periscope is also developing a companion app that will enable users to deploy other 360 degree camera options via their companion app Periscope Producer, which should be coming out shortly.

“With 360 video on Periscope, you can experience moments with the broadcaster and take a look around — it’s one step closer to actually being there –  getting front-row access at exclusive events, traveling to places across the globe, and getting up close with well-known personalities.”

Other than the lackluster resolution, the issue here is, currently, Periscope’s 360° broadcasting option is only available for a small group of select partners.

“We’re testing 360 broadcasts with a small group of partners, and will be rolling out this feature more broadly during the coming weeks,” the blog assures. I’m guessing this translates to a phased roll out which will be expanded as the network can handle the load.  In the meantime, Periscope is offering a waitlist for users who want to be a part of the rollout here.

But while broadcasting in 360 is limited to a small initial group, anyone can view a live Periscope 360 stream by looking for the special “Live 360” badge in the app, or with the hashtag #periscope360 on Twitter, which will mark each 360 video that has been shot. Many of these videos can also be viewed online at Periscope’s Live 360 Video channel here.

There’s no doubt that offering a 360 degree option will turn things up to eleven for Periscope, adding the immersive benefit to interactivity through chat and sending of hearts and other icons. This will enable content creators to engage with their audience at a whole new level with discussions along with that “next best thing to being there” vibe that Periscope has been known for.

Source: The Verge

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.