By Paul Beddoe-Stephens, Partner Product Lead, 360 Video
At Facebook, our mission is to make the world a more open and connected place. One of the ways we do this is by enabling people and publishers to share perspectives and moments that many people might not otherwise get to experience. We’ve especially seen this to be true with 360 video, and this month we’re highlighting 360 videos that enable people on Facebook to experience the wonders of nature in an entirely new way.
360 Video on Facebook gives you a front-row seat to some of the stunning natural wonders of the world. From walking with a family of rhinos on the Serengeti in Tanzania or diving to the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef off the Australian coast, from spelunking to the bottom of a cave in Texas to gazing at the Northern Lights in Norway, 360 video enables people to see and explore places that many humans have never experienced.
You can watch these 360 videos right on Facebook, on the web or your mobile device, and choose the angle you’d like to watch from by dragging around the video with your cursor, finger, or the arrow keys. On mobile, you can simply move your device in any direction to explore the video.
You can even watch these videos on Oculus Rift and Gear VR. For the Samsung Gear VR, while using a supported Samsung smartphone, simply click “Watch in VR” in the top left corner of the video, place the phone in the Gear VR, and experience the video in an immersive VR environment. You can also find more 360 videos on the Facebook 360 channel in the Oculus Video app on Gear and Rift.
See below for a few examples of breathtaking nature-focused 360 videos. Every day, 360 video and VR storytelling continues to evolve and reach more people. These videos show some of the ways that we can see amazing places around the globe directly from our phones or computers – and we’re just at the beginning of how 360 and VR can connect us to worlds that we might otherwise not have a chance to visit.