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

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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.


#7

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


#8

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.


#9

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:


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#12

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


#13

@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.


#14

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!


#17

Is that a date with your wife?


#18

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


#19

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


#20

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]


#21

Drone filming and image shooting are now from this year forbidden in Sweden :disappointed_relieved:


#22

Oh wow, really? Were there bad incidents that caused this? Or is it about privacy concerns? Hopefully they don’t outlaw fishing poles and picture taking! :wink:


#23

:grinning::grinning:
October 27, 2016
Drones are prohibited in Sweden
Box dragon and Zeppelins on string are still allowed
fishing poles above 10 meter are difficult to handle :theta_s:

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this box dragon easy lift half a kilo and goes up 500 meter


#24

Just a quick followup. I had a great time attending. Final winners announced here.

It was really inspiring, specific to drones and both to filmmaking. I would really love to try and do some film work. If I had the time!


#25

Just got this newest info from the Flying Robot International Film Festival…

Upcoming Screenings

Hello humans! It’s been 4 months since the Flying Robot international Film Festival took place in San Francisco. If you missed that epic night, you can relive the glory of FRiFF, or discover it for the first time this weekend. Hope to see some of you there!

March 18, 2017, 7pm
Luminary @ The Midway, San Francisco

A special encore screening of the Flying Robot international Film Festival will take place as part of Luminary - Art : Tech : Music. If you missed the premiere screening last November, this is your chance to catch the festival program alongside some incredible interactive art, tech and music. There will be drones!

March 22, 2017, 7pm
Roxie Theater, San Francisco
The short film “The Making of Expedition Alaska” by Brian Leitten [USA] was an official selection in the Student Film category screened at FRiFF 2016. Now the full documentary “Expedition Alaska” is coming to the Roxie later this month. Hope to see some Flying Robot fans in attendance!

A note from Brian:
“We are also doing a little promotion to drive online ticket sales. Anyone who pre-buys their ticket can DM @Expedition Alaska Adventure Race on Facebook and the day after the screening they will receive a code for a free download of the extended version of the film with 15 minutes of bonus footage.”

April 1, 2017
Emergence Creative Festival, Margaret River, Western Australia

Flying Robot is once again headed to Australia! Following the screening of the inaugural Australian Drone Film Festival, the winning films from the 2016 Flying Robot international Film Festival will be screened at The Beer Farm as part of Western Australia’s Emergence Creative Festival.