Sept 27 Meetup - RICOH THETA 360° Integration in Products, Photosphere Navigation, and 360° Video on Drones!

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360° Integration in Products, Photosphere Navigation, and 360° Video on Drones!

RICOH THETA Developers Meetup
Tues, Sept 27, 2016
Location: Brightcove SF 149 9th Street #300, San Francisco, CA (“dial 300 on intercom and someone will let you in”)

Wow, we’ve got a great lineup of presenters to kick off the fall schedule of RICOH THETA meetups! Come join your fellow power users and 360 developers and find out more about integrating 360 video/VR/AR into products. Then spend some time thinking how you can navigate and connect photosphere content. And finally, who doesn’t want to stick a THETA on a drone? We’ll do it this coming Tues, Sept 27th.

Come ask your questions and share your own experiences in a friendly, relaxed environment. Whether you’re new to RICOH THETA, working on a project, or just want to meet people with similar interests, all are welcome.

Agenda
6:30 pm: Check-in, grab pizza and sodas, and say hi to other RICOH THETA users and developers
7:00 pm: First talk: How to Integrate 360 Video/VR/AR Into Your Product, Kieran Farr, Brightcove
7:45 pm: Break
8:00 pm: Second talk: Better 360 Image Navigation Online, Christian Claus, Holobuilder
8:30 pm: Break
8:45 pm: Third talk and demo: RICOH THETA and Drones, Eddie Codel, eddie.com

Speakers:
Kieran Farr - Senior Director, Business Development, Brightcove (kfarr@brightcove.com)

How to Integrate 360 Video/VR/AR Into Your Product

Kieran has a long background in video platform development running companies like Vidlet and Vidcaster, and now overseeing ecosystem and partner program development at Brightcove. Let his pain be your gain! He will dive into the nuts and bolts of how to stream 360º video standalone or as part of a larger product. Topics include: how to plan for and build the infrastructure, tying in a database, integrating with a CDN and either transcoding all of your video projects content into individual resolutions (ouch!) or using a solution to have a server do it for you (ahhh!). Make your product handle 360º video easily!

Christian Claus - Product Manager, Holobuilder (christian@holobuilder.com)

Better 360º Image Navigation Online

Christian will walk us through some of the challenges and issues that arise when building a 360º platform that lets users navigate through photospheres. How do you keep from going around in circles? Or worse, getting bored? Christian will touch on good storytelling and the implication for business applications based on his experience at Holobuilder, where he focuses on 360º construction content.

Eddie Codel - Founder, Eddie.com/Flying Robot International Film Festival

RICOH THETA and Drones!

Eddie will give us a “bird’s eye view” of video production using drones, including cutting-edge issues around mounting, stabilization, and avoiding curious birds. Eddie will also tell us about the Aerial Imaging Education Day he’s hosting in October and the Flying Robot International Film Festival and why THETA users in particular should participate.

Food and drinks will be provided by RICOH THETA. See you all there!


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Please note, location information added: Brightcove SF 149 9th Street #300, San Francisco, CA (“dial 300 on intercom and someone will let you in”)


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Do you Send live to day from San Francisco

bambuser or Youtube live streaming :theta_s:


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If only i lived on the best coast… or in America even…


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But then there’d be less cool Tiny Planet pictures from under the Eiffel Tower and all those cool castles and aquaducts and things. :slight_smile:


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Kieran Farr, Senior Director of Business Development at Brightcove, presents his expert insights into where businesses are making money with 360 degree photos and video today and in the future. He explains the differences between Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and 360 Video and Photos.

Today, 360 photos and videos is the best way to build a VR or AR business. The files fit into existing production workflows.


Completely packed room.


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Huge interest in the RICOH THETA in San Francisco. I got home at midnight!


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That was a lot of fun! Speakers were really great, nice combination of overview of the industry and who’s making money now (Architecture, Building, Construction, Real Estate) and who will be making money (WebVR), then specifics of one company’s decision to focus on 360 for construction which necessitated a focus on speed, ease of use and static images. And finally, a taste for what’s possible with drones, including how to attach, weight issues, and especially stabilization. Great evening, thanks to everyone who participated.


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Eddie Codel speaks at the RICOH THETA Meetup in San Francisco about aerial imagery and drones. Although nascent, 360 video on drones is about to explode. It’s a time of rapid innovation. Eddie is director of the Flying Robot International Film Festival and a local expert on drone videography. During the meeting, he flew a drone with a THETA recording 360 video.


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We had many people ask for the presentations from the Meetup. Here they are!

360 Photo, Video, and Product

Kieran Farr, Senior Director of Business Development at Brightcove, presents his expert insights into where businesses are making money with 360 degree photos and video today and in the future. He explains the differences between Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and 360 Video and Photos.

Today, 360 photos and videos is the best way to build a VR or AR business. The files fit into existing production workflows.


Flying Robots Aerial Imagery and Drone 360

Eddie Codel speaks at the RICOH THETA Meetup in San Francisco about aerial imagery and drones. Although nascent, 360 video on drones is about to explode. It’s a time of rapid innovation. Eddie is director of the Flying Robot International Film Festival and a local expert on drone videography. During the meeting, he flew a drone with a THETA recording 360 video. And here’s the test video that he showed:


HoloBuilder

Presentation not available. Check out their site for more information.


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Wow… bummed to miss this, I live in SF and have done some fun work with the Theta.

Would love to know any other meet ups in the area.

Phil


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@jcasman is organizing another one right now. What type of content would you like to see? We’re thinking about covering some Unity augmented reality examples.


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I would just love to see what others are doing with the Theta.

I worked with Ricoh with the launch films for the Theta and have done some fun projects with it.

Excited to meet others using it,

Phil


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Thanks for the feedback Phil. There’s a ton of exciting and some really cool ways to tell stories or create experiences. Every time we have a meetup, I’m amazed at what people are doing. Object recognition, object measurement, vehicle navigation, overlay of video onto a 360 image background, augmented reality. Look forward to seeing you at the next meetup.


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@Phil_Spitler,

Thanks for the note, please keep your eyes peeled here for announcements around the next meetup. With Thanksgiving coming up very soon, it may end up being in December. We’ll do the announcement here.

You can also sign up directly here: http://www.meetup.com/RICOH-THETA-Developers-SF-Bay-Area/

Here’s one recent very cool project, doing time-lapse photography with a RICOH THETA in a forest by a Research Associate at Harvard University named Koen Hufkens.

If you’re more on the filmography / artistic side, I personally am going to see the second annual Flying Robot international Film Festival awards night coming up in two weeks, November 17, 2016, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Tickets were pretty cheap, $15. No idea if any of the winners will be using RICOH THETAs, but drones plus 360 degree photography is pretty interesting. And this film festival focuses on storytelling. Should be good.

Hope to see you online here and maybe at the next meetup!


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Is that a date with your wife?


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Yes, it sure is! Looking forward to it. :slight_smile:


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The Casmans know how to party. Take some pictures in 360!


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2016 Official Selections have been announced! Here’s the list:

Cinematic Narrative
Darkhad Valley, Jeff Colhoun [USA]
Drona, Chafic Saad [USA]
The Drone, Jordan Rubin [USA]

Epic Landscape
An Aerial Perspective of Nordland, Michael Fletcher & Alan Mathieson [Australia]
Drone Poem: Always Take The Window Seat, Alexander Hotz [USA]
Into The West, Mike Bishop [Canada]
Midnight Sun, Christian Linares [USA]
Vietnam from Above, Max Seigal [USA]

Drones For Good
Help Us Give Elephants and Rhinos Wings, Michael Parfit [USA]
Zipline in Rwanda, Jimmy Collins [USA]

FPV/Aerial Sports
ascent, Jonas Kunze [Germany]
The First Racing Drone In Chernobyl, Steele Davis [USA]

WTF LOL
Byzantine, Joris Favraud [France]
Drone Blender, Billy May & Damien Gallagher [United Kingdom]
Marinière, Athanasia Lykoudi & Nestoras Kechagias [Greece]
Moon Line, Frédéric Rousseau [France]

I Made That!
Mario Copter, Michael Niedermayr [Austria]
Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme, Kurtis Sensenig [USA]

Student Film
Spectacular Norway, Simen Haughom [Norway]
The Making of Expedition Alaska, Brian Leitten [USA]
This is Chapman, Kevin Wolf [USA]

Promotional
Digitized 2016 - Opening Titles, Athanasia Lykoudi & Nestoras Kechagias [Greece]
Drone100, Sergio Abuja [USA]
San Francisco Drone Rescue, Chris Lindland, Robbie Wiedie & Tyler MacNiven [USA]
This is Tilt, Daniell Ashby [Norway]