The Samsung Gear 360 is a device used to record 360° videos and photos. It can be controlled on its own and even managed remotely using the Samsung Gear 360 App.
Its mobile application can also be used to view, transfer, edit (by stitching) videos or images from the camera to the phone. Once produced, it can be displayed in VR mode and more.
Prepare the following to get started with Samsung Gear 360.
Samsung Gear 360
Samsung Gear 360 App
Gear 360 ActionDirector
Samsung Gear VR (Optional)
Samsung Galaxy Smartphone
S6, S6 Edge, S7, S7 Edge, and Note 5
Social Network Account (YouTube or Facebook)
There are two ways to connect the Gear 360 camera with the Gear 360 App; Bluetooth and NFC. The Gear 360 App is standard across compatible mobile devices. To find out which ones, visit http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/gear-360/ to see the full list.
a. Switch on the Samsung Gear 360 camera and check that Bluetooth is also switched on the mobile device to be paired.
b. Launch the Samsung Gear 360 app on the mobile device. If not installed, you can download it from the Google Play Store.
Figure 1 Samsung Gear 360 App
c. Tap CONNECT TO GEAR 360. The mobile device will activate the Bluetooth feature and search the devices to pair with. You can easily connect and differentiate multiple Gear 360 Cameras with your mobile device by its Camera ID Number within the parenthesis found in the image below.
Figure 2 Connecting to Gear 360
d. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the connection.
Figure 3 On-Screen Instructions
a. Turn on the Samsung Gear 360 device.
b. Activate the NFC feature on the mobile device.
Figure 4 Connecting to Gear 360
c. Touch the NFC antenna area of the Samsung Gear 360 to mobile device’s NFC antenna area.
This will either lead to a download link for the mobile app to be installed or have the camera automatically registered to your phone.
Figure 5 NFC Antenna Area
d. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the connection (same as Figure 3).
You can record videos and take photos remotely using the mobile device’s Remote Viewfinder feature of the Gear 360 app. You can also use the Gear 360 camera on its own by pressing on the record button (OK Key). Videos and images will be saved in the memory card.
a. Launch the Samsung Gear 360 app on the mobile device.
b. Tap the Remote Viewfinder icon on the lower-right corner of the window to open the viewfinder. This enables Live View which can be seen on your smartphone.
Figure 6 Viewfinder button
c. Tap the Record button or Camera button to record a video or take a photo.
Figure 7 Record and Camera button
d. To change shooting modes, tap MODE.
Figure 8 Changing Mode
a. Press the Menu key to select which mode to use and press the OK key.
Figure 9 Different Modes in Gear 360
b. Press the OK key to record a video or take a photo.
Figure 10 OK key
To stop recording a video, press the OK key.
Press the button on the right of the Record button to toggle between these modes. See the actual images in the figure below.
Figure 11 Preview Modes (From Left to Right) VR, Dual View, and Panorama
Once you have recorded a video or taken a picture, you can share those directly from the Gear 360 App. To do so:
a. Press the Share button which saves the video first.
b. Choose either YouTube or Facebook from the app drawer.
(For this example, we will use YouTube).
c. With YouTube, add the Title, Description, and location of the video.
d. Press the Paper airplane button to send to YouTube and wait for it to upload to complete the sharing process.
Taking pictures or videos without the Gear 360 App is possible. Use the Gear 360 Camera whenever and wherever you can. Then edit the recorded content with the Gear 360 ActionDirector.
a. Launch the Gear 360 ActionDirector.
Figure 12 Gear 360 ActionDirector Welcome Page
b. In the welcome page, select the 360 VR Video.
a. Import media files by clicking the import icon or by dragging files to the Media room. For 360-degree contents (movies or photos) within the Media room, a "360" tag will be shown on the top-right corner of each thumbnail.
Figure 13 Importing a Media File
b. In importing 360 degree videos, the stitching process is noted by the progress bar.
Figure 14 Stitching a Media File
c. When the stitching process is done, the video can be selected and added to the storyboard.
Figure 15 Storyboard
a. Click Produce button on the botton-right corner of the application to proceed to publishing the video.
Figure 16 Publishing the Video
b. On the Online tab, choose from Facebook or YouTube for online production.
c. As for YouTube, choose the Profile Type, provide the title, description, tags, video categories, and output folder.
Figure 17 YouTube Production Details
d. On clicking "Start", a webpage will prompt you to sign in with your Google Account for authorization (only done at the first try).
Figure 18 YouTube Authorization
Figure 19 Google Account Login
Once you have finished uploading or testing, logout from your SNS account.
e. Wait for the video to be produced and uploaded.
Figure 20 Video Production and Upload
f. After the upload, you can check your video through the link.
Figure 21 YouTube List of Videos
a. Transfer the 360 degree video onto the mobile device (Local storage > SD card > Oculus > 360Videos).
b. Connect the mobile device to Gear VR.
c. In the Gear VR virtual menu, navigate to the Oculus 360 Videos app, and select the video file.
d. Watch the 360-degree panoramic video.
Figure 22 VR View