NAB 2017: Streambox Announces Live 360 HD Video Streaming to Facebook and Twitter, Periscope from the Cloud
Streambox Inc has announced live 360 HD bonded cellular video streaming to Facebook and Twitter/Periscope from Avenir Micro mobile encoder and Cloud software encoder to Streambox Cloud. The addition of Facebook and Twitter/Periscope to Streambox Cloud’s existing YouTube 360 support means streaming organisations can bring professional video quality 360 live video to the three major social media platforms.
One major hurdle for 360 streaming is video stitching. Currently Streambox VR 360 is designed around the Ricoh Theta S camera with HDMI support. There are two basic approaches: hardware stitching and cloud stitching.
Hardware stitching: With hardware stitching the heavy work is done within the encoder itself. For example, with the Streambox Cloud Encoder software installed on an Apple Macbook Pro you can stream from the connected Ricoh Theta S camera to the Streambox Cloud. From there the live stream is delivered straight to Facebook, Twitter/Periscope, or YouTube where users can view live 360 content on headsets, browsers, or apps.
Cloud stitching: With cloud stitching the heavy work is done within Streambox Cloud Services. For example, the Ricoh Theta S camera can be connected to an Avenir Micro or Drone encoder which streams video to Streambox Cloud Services to be stitched. As above, the live stream is then delivered straight to to Facebook, Twitter/Periscope, or YouTube where users can view live 360 content on headsets, browsers, or apps. Cloud stitching support allows any Streambox encoder to support live 360 video streaming.
Streambox support for Facebook and Twitter/Periscope allows producers to elevate their content and drive engagement with professional 360 video standards on social media from anywhere. Streambox will exhibit at NAB in Las Vegas April, 24-27.