NAB: Spotlight – Samsung 360 Round

Jeff Owens, Sr. Tech Reporter

Samsung has upped the ante in Vegas with the announcement of fly new features in the Round software which furthers the capabilities of live editing and review of 360 shots that creates a seamless workflow. 

The new solution gives professional video creators the tools they need—from capture to post-production—to tell immersive, engaging 360-degree and 3D stories for film and broadcast.

“At Samsung, we’ve been innovating in the VR technology space for many years, including introducing the 360 Round camera with its unique ruggedized design, and superior low light and live streaming capabilities late last year,” said Eric McCarty, Vice President, Mobile B2B Product Marketing, Samsung Electronics America. “We’re excited to offer this enhanced solution to producers, directors, and creators of all types that helps them deliver seamless creativity, whether in a business or creative environment.”

Quality control at the moment of capture

The Samsung 360 Round delivers real-time 3D video to PCs using the 360 Round’s bundled software so video creators can now view live video on their mobile devices using the 360 Round live preview app1. In addition, the 360 Round live preview app allows creators to remotely control the camera settings, via wifi router, from afar. 2 The updated 360 Round PC software now provides dual monitor support, which allows the editor to make adjustments and show the results on a separate monitor dedicated to the director.

Crisp, Immersive Video Regardless of Condition

360 Round offers a vast array of features to ensure creators capture stunning, realistic content in a wide range of shooting conditions, including low light environments and high-action scenes. With a rolling shutter, 11.7 stops of dynamic range, f1.8 aperture size, and now, limiting luminance levels to 16-135, noise reduction and sharpness adjustments, as well as a hardware IR filter—it’s possible to get a clear shot with 360 Round in almost no light. The 360 Round also offers advanced stabilization software and ability to color correct on the fly, with an intuitive, easy to use histogram. In addition, users can set up profiles for each shot and save the camera settings, ensuring consistent quality and cutting down on the time required to prep each shot.

Samsung 360 Round Brings High-Quality 4K Capture 360 Video

Removing Stitchline Pain Points

The 360 Round comes equipped with Samsung’s advanced Stitching software3, which seamlessly weaves together video from each of the 360 Round’s 17 lenses. Creators can stitch, preview and broadcast in one simple step on a PC4 without the need for additional software. The 360 Round also enables fine tuning of seamlines during a live production, such as moving them away from objects in real time, and calibrating individual stitchlines to fix misalignments. In addition, a new local warping feature allows for individual seamline calibrations in post-production, without requiring a global adjustment to all seamlines, giving creators quick and easy, fine grain control of the final visuals.

Improved process and output for both live streaming and post production

The 360 Round delivers real-time 4K x 4K (3D) streaming with minimal latency.5 SDI capture card support enables live streaming through multiple cameras and broadcasting equipment with no additional encoding/decoding required, and with the newest update, now further streamlines the switching workflow for live productions with audio over SDI.6 This provides producers with less complex events (one producer managing audio and video switching) a single switching source as the production transitions from camera to camera. In addition, 360 Round offers a number of new features to ensure video output is of the quality the creator intends, such as:

  • Ability to record, stream, and save raw files simultaneously, making the process of creating dailies and managing live productions easier. Many production teams like to distribute the event as video-on-demand (VOD) post show. Creators can now save the raw files to make further improvements to live production recordings, and create a higher quality post-produced version.
  • Live streaming support for HLS over HTTP, which adds another transport streaming protocol in addition to the RTMP and RTSP protocols. HLS over HTTP eliminates the need to modify some restrictive enterprise firewall policies and is a more resilient protocol in unreliable networks.
  • Ability to upload direct (via 360 Round software) to Samsung VR creator account, as well as Facebook and YouTube, once the files are exported—ensuring creators are reaching their audiences instantly with their immersive creations.

Check-in with Far From TV for more highlights and updates from the floor of NAB 2018.

Jeff Owens, Sr. Technology Reporter

In #Las Vegas, this very minute, the 2018 #National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show is concentrating its influence on more than 100,000 participants with its M.E.T. EFFECT.

This large conference, which continues through April 12, is a crossroads of media, entertainment, and technology.

Read more from Jeff Owens, Sr. Technology Reporter at Far From TV who is on the floor at the NAB 2018 show in Las Vegas; here.



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