One of the reasons smartphone 3D features die so quickly was the inability to share your experience with anyone else. Hooray, you captured this thing in 3D. Now what? For the most part, there was no response.
Sharing a 360 degree video doesn’t have the same problem. In fact, you are spoiled for choice. With Facebook and YouTube supporting 360 video and almost every 360 camera maker offering their own hosting for the images and videos you create, choosing where to host and share your 360 videos is becoming more and more rewarding. . You want your viewers to have, and less about the video itself.
Here’s a look at a video taken with a 360fly camera that has been uploaded to Facebook, YouTube, and the 360fly video service to see what best suits your needs.
As the creator of the camera and its software, you would expect the 360fly hosting service to have the best quality when viewing your video. While this is certainly true for this video, there are a number of features missing from the player. There are only a few places where you can easily share a link to this video, and none of them will grab your attention or let you know that something cool is going on here. You cannot view videos in full screen on your browser and you need the 360fly app to watch videos on your phone. It’s not the easiest way to share, but it looks nice.
Facebook doesn’t make it particularly easy to embed your videos elsewhere — you need to pull the embed code from a post on the timeline — but it’s immediately available for auto-play to anyone who follows you. Watching a 360-degree video with autoplay in your feed is incredibly cool, it immediately grabs your attention and encourages you to play. The quality is degraded both in the app and in the browser compared to the 360fly service and YouTube, but it is on Facebook and immediately attracts a lot of attention.