Check out Casey Neistat’s Samsung Gear 360 Oscars vlog

by: John DyeMarch 2, 2016
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The Samsung Gear 360 was one of our favorite devices we saw at MWC 2016. It’s a consumer-grade 360-degree camera that seeks to put immersive video shooting into the hands of the masses. We’re already starting to see this amazing little toy in the wild, but one of our favorite implementations so far is Casey Neistat’s Oscars vlog. Although you can watch it on your screen and pan around, it’s far more immersive to don a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR headset and enjoy the experience of watching Leo win his Oscar from the balcony.

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The trouble with 360-degree video right now is that it’s a medium that’s still in its infancy. People are still figuring out what kinds of shots and setups create an effective and immersive experience, and the entire ‘language’ of shooting in 360 degrees is still being developed. There’s no real sense of framing, concepts like “stage left” or “off camera” become somewhat meaningless, and folks are still figuring out ways to create enjoyable experiences while avoiding breaking immersion.

To some, the Samsung Gear 360 looks like an apt solution to this set of problems. Whenever you have a new medium, the best way to boost its development is to have as many people creating things on it as possible. Previously, 360-degree video recording was really only available to professionals, for the most part. By packing a bunch of mid-tier tech into an affordable little eyeball, Samsung is doing their part to help 360 go mainstream.

What are your thoughts regarding the Gear 360 and Neistat’s Oscars vlog? Think this 360 video thing is really going to take off, or are we always going to prefer more rectangular forms of footage? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!

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  • Allyn K C

    Congrats to Samsung for making a consumer-grade 360 device. But the video quality isn’t the greatest – I expect it will take a few generations for it to improve in this level of device. In good lighting, for close-up subjects when the camera isn’t moving, it can do a passable job. But the limitations in this generation of device becomes obvious if the camera is moving, lighting isn’t optimal, or if the subject is further away. It’s a cool device – hopefully Samsung sells enough of them to justify further development.

  • Jude Ghang

    Casey RULESSSSS YEAHHHHH

  • RiTCHiE

    Love how it work but quality wise its kinda below standard i must say these days so ill wait for the gear 360 v2