Want to build Facebook’s new $30,000 Surround 360 camera? Having trouble finding all the components? Immersive Technology Studios (ITS) is here to help, and has even revealed what you’ll need on the PC front too.
Earlier this week the company listed off every component needed to build the camera, which Facebook revealed back at its F8 developer conference in April before releasing the design specifications last week. Better yet, the site includes suggestions for where to buy specific parts, and provides accurate details about which kinds of cameras you’ll need. With everything assembled, you should be ready to start shooting your own 3D 360 video.
But it turns out if you want the complete list of components for both the camera and the PC needed to process footage captured, then it’s going to cost you a fair bit more than you might have originally anticipated. The complete list of components comes in at around $56,134, which is nearly double the $30,000 that Facebook itself quoted, though that was just for the camera alone. The price of some parts are still pending, though, so you might want to check back later.
If you do have a PC up to the job, Facebook also released its own software for stitching and processing video shot with Surround 360. It’s designed to make creating VR video content as simple as possible. Using the design specs you can also build on top of what Facebook has laid out and customize it to make a superior product.
Obviously with a price tag like this the Surround 360 is strictly intended for the professional and high-end enthusiast markets. If you’re looking for a much cheaper 360 solution, you might want to consider Samsung’s Gear 360 camera.
Hopefully we’ll start seeing plenty of Surround 360 content pop up for VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and Gear VR soon.