360° Spherical Camera Resources ✧ Ricoh Theta S Image & Video Sharing
Ricoh Theta S Online User Manual
Images can be found at any one of the following sites.
B&H Photo review of Theta S (camera shop in NYC where we got ours)
Google: VR Concepts |
Kathy Schrock Theta S blog
KRPano Viewer for multiple platforms
Tutorial (2015, old Theta model)
Word Press embedding
- Charge camera for a couple hours.
- I was able to connect Theta to my Android with no problems...
- Install the Ricoh Theta app,
- turn on camera,
- connect phone to camera using WiFi (yes, this will disconnect phone from Internet for the moment) and their quirky login. The PW is the last 8 digits from the two lines on the bottom of the camera.
- Set camera somewhere (ideally on a tripod) and use phone to shoot picture.
- I used Google Drive to transfer image from my phone to my laptop.
- On laptop, I downloaded the Theta360 viewer from here: https://theta360.com/en/support/download/
- I wasted time posting static image to new Twitter account. I'm a semi-antisocial old fart so I didn't have a Twitter account before Ricoh forced me to use Twitter login info to access Theta360.com Hopefully Twitter will soon imbed the full, interactive 360° file [with XMP metadata] so the images amount to something more than distorted, static shots.
- Oddly enough, the worst speedbump I hit during initial usage was figuring out how to get images onto Theta360.com. Maybe there are multiple ways, but I ultimately uploaded my first image using the desktop viewer (not the phone or iPad apps). See images below illustrating these steps if you hit the same snag caused by menu wording in the viewer GUI menus.
- The "biz" side of this toy requires embedding interactive stills or videos in real estate sites to show properties. Here is the test bed for that.
Uploading Theta images to Theta360.com:
OK, this part makes sense:
I wasn't planning on joining Twitter, but given only two means of logging in (Facebook or Twitter), this seems to be the lesser of the two evils:
Of course I want Ricoh to read all kinds of information they don't need:
Ricoh screwed up here & will hopefully fix soon. They should include a menu choice that just says "upload to Theta360.com." Their marketing guys want you to help them spread the word, even if you just want to push your image up to Ricoh's site then embed a dynamic (aka USEFUL) moving image that includes the XMP data needed for interactive aspects that show this is more than a simple "panoramic" camera.
After spending an hour trying to figure out how to post to Theta360, I gave up and tried the "social" menu option, which fortunately provided this dialog box with a clarifying title..."Post to theta360.com" Thank you, sort of.