What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?
Instagram is making their platform more inclusive, YouTube is retiring annotations and LinkedIn is updating their share box.
Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.
Instagram introduces features for the visually impaired
Instagram is designed to be a visual first platform. This week Instagram announced new features that will make the platform more accessible for visually impaired users. Automatic and custom alt text tests have begun which will allow visually impaired users to listen to descriptions of photos through screen readers.
Those pesky semi-transparent boxes interrupting your YouTube viewing experience will be no longer as of January 2019 as YouTube has decided to completely remove them from the platform. Annotations will no longer be able to be added to videos and preexisting annotations will be removed completely.
After announcing earlier this month that ‘Today In’ will be expanded to 10 more cities in Australia, Facebook has announced that 400 cities in the US will be able to access the feature. ‘Today In’ is designed to “connect people to local news” and keep them up to date with “information from their communities.”
The fight to be the king of video is a strategic game. YouTube has had a slight shift in direction by announcing that their YouTube Originals will now be made freely accessible but will be ad-supported instead of on a subscription basis. YouTube Premium subscribers don’t lose out entirely, they’ll be granted early access to all new content.
LinkedIn has been making a lot of big changes recently, the most notable being their update to company pages. This week they announced an update to their share box which is designed to make it easier for users to pick the audience for each of their posts. The new functionality is similar to Facebook’s sharing capabilities.
Every now and then something comes along with the potential to shift the landscape. In our first edition of New Tech News we dive into the growing use of 360 video and video production, along with the latest 360 video offering from market leader GoPro.
The state of 360 video
Across the industry, 360 has yet to be fully embraced by large audiences, despite the high positive sentiment it’s received to date. This could be attributed to a number of things – capable hardware, slow internet speeds or even lack of interest. But, as the major players like Youtube, Facebook and Vimeo continue to develop support for 360 and VR videos, we’ll likely start to see that change.
Until now the production of 360 video (particularly post-production), has been a complex and arduous task that demanded a lot of specialised equipment, software and know-how to be able to produce a quality final product. This started to change this year thanks to Samsung’s redesigned Gear 360 camera and software (which does most of the hard work for you), Adobe’s integration of 360 video editing directly into Premiere Pro CC and now the GoPro Fusion.
Although there’s already a number of consumer-focused 360 cameras on the market, the GoPro Fusion is a step above.
Why? Basically, it seamlessly fits within the existing GoPro infrastructure including mounts, gimbals, grips and software – instant appeal for those already operating within the GoPro world.
The camera boasts two lenses, gyroscopic image stabilisation (negating the need for a gimbal), GPS, accelerometer and a built-in compass. The results are incredibly smooth, and with the added benefit of being waterproof (up to a depth of 26’/5m) it continues GoPro’s ‘action cam’ legacy.
One of the most interesting features, however, is what GoPro has dubbed ‘OverCapture’ – a term used for all of the footage captured by the camera that is ‘behind you’ when you are navigating around a 360 video.
The idea is to be able to shoot everything in 360, then choose your angles in post-production – meaning you’ll never have to frame a shot ever again! The result is a 1080 video with extremely slick transitions, visually stunning effects (such as the ‘tiny-planet’ look) and far more flexibility than a single-lens camera will ever offer.
Although the capture of 1080 isn’t a new concept, it’s interesting to see GoPro featuring this and creating software geared towards using the potential of that ‘unused’ footage. The program geared towards this is called Fusion Studio and allows you to create some unique effects that haven’t been possible in the past, as well as being able to colour grade and seamlessly (360 video pun intended) flick your footage through to Premiere and After Effects.
What does this mean for brands and filmmakers?
The biggest impact will be the almost certain influx of people stepping into the 360 video space and, like any new tech, this present the opportunity to get in on the ground floor with creative productions.
Other opportunities lie in creating something outside GoPro’s intended use. We’ve seen numerous creative executions including commercials, short films, experimental films and even a couple of GoPros getting pretty close to being put in orbit! It’s through these executions that GoPro has cemented itself as a major player in the filmmaking world – if 360 video and the GoPro Fusion are adopted in the same manner we’re set to witness some special filmmaking in the years to come.
The GoPro Fusion will be available in Australia from November. Shop it here.
By Adam Vincenzini, Founder and Managing Partner, Kamber
I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Kamber family: Kamber Video.
Kamber Video is an important step in the evolution of Kamber and we’ve been waiting patiently to officially share its launch with you.
We pride ourselves on unconventional creative solutions and in house video production is a natural extension for us, and something that our clients have already embraced with great fervour.
Before I share some recent video production projects with you, let me explain why we’re so excited about the launch of Kamber Video.
Why Kamber Video?
The rise of video has been well documented and continues to be rewarded by the major online publishing platforms. But, clients have shared their hesitance about regular production of video content for online channels because of the often exorbitant rates charged by the more traditional creative agencies.
While this isn’t true of every creative agency, there is a gap in the market for agencies like us to provide quick turnaround and affordable video content.
It is our aim to be a versatile and creative production partner that can handle virtually any brief, including:
Creative branded content
Animation and motion graphics
Interviews and profiles
Demonstrations and tutorials
The man heading up Kamber Video is Bradley Hopper. His brand experience includes Audi, British Airways, Johnnie Walker and Vodafone.
In less than three months (and while keeping Kamber Video a ‘secret’) we’ve already delivered some impressive video production projects for clients in the financial services, food and drink, pharmaceutical and public sectors.
The bulk of production has been handled in house but we’ve also called on some partners to help us tackle a couple of projects too.
There are also some other projects that are on the verge of being published too.