Vimeo arrives fashionably late to the 360 video party

The Saved feed is a storage locker for 360 content you've set aside to view later, and the Timeline feed basically lets you relive your own 360 uploads.

On Wednesday, the company made good on those hints by releasing Facebook 360, a standalone app for the Samsung Gear VR.

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"Vimeo's creator community is known for pioneering new video formats and pushing the boundaries of storytelling", said Anjali Sud, svp and gm of Vimeo's creator platform, in a statement.

Vimeo still lags behind in one respect, though: there's no support for live 360-degree broadcasts as yet. But their more accessible cousin 360 video could prove to have its tipping point sooner than VR.

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The support for 360-degree videos is present in both the website and the Vimeo apps for iOS and Android ecosystems.

Facebook 360, available to download from the Oculus app, is now only available on Samsung Gear VR and Gear VR-compatible headsets. "We believe Vimeo creators are the missing piece to taking 360 video from nascent to mainstream". Users can download the app in the Oculus Store. If you would prefer to learn from observation, 19 expertly-crafted 360-degree videos are already available on a channel launched by Vimeo. On the web, you can use the arrow keys to look around; on mobile, tilt your iPhone or iPad; on VR just tap the headset button in the player or scan your headset's QR code to ensure compatibility. These are at the core of the Facebook 360 experience; the app will surface 360-degree pictures and vids from your News Feed to your face, among other features. These include videos and images posted online by companies, organizations and creators, as well as panoramic media from your friends.

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"Ever since 360 photos and videos came to Facebook, people around the world have embraced these new formats", Facebook product director Brent Ayrey and software engineer Christopher Wong wrote.


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