Try 360° live streaming with RICOH THETA X!


Posted date : 2022.06.15

There is an increasing need for 360-degree live streaming using RICOH THETA. THETA Z1 is the most suitable model in the THETA series for 4K live streaming, but streaming is also supported by the newly released THETA X.

Anyone can easily try live streaming using THETA Z1, THETA V, and THETA X, as long as they have a PC, internet access, and a power supply suitable for streaming. Wireless live streaming is also possible with THETA without the use of a PC if you install plug-ins.

We will introduce the differences between THETA Z1 and THETA X in terms of live streaming capabilities, as well as the newly upgraded RICOH THETA UVC driver for live streaming for Windows PCs.

What you need for live streaming directly with THETA

THETA Z1 or THETA X is required for live streaming. You also need a computer with relatively high specifications for 360-degree live streaming.

Photo by RICOH THETA X 11K HDR rendering – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

<Required hardware>
Update the THETA firmware to the latest version. Click here for the update.
■ Extension Adapter TE1/TE2
An accessory for supplying power to THETA Z1 while THETA is attached to a tripod.
THETA X has a USB-C port on the side, so the adapter is not necessary.
■ Tripod
■ PC
For Windows 10 users, Intel® Core-i5 (6th Generation) or higher is recommended.
For Mac users, MacBook Pro is recommended.
■ USB cable to connect THETA and PC

<Required software>
■ Distribution software OBS Studio (free), completely tested with Version 27.1.3.
■ Driver for live streaming, RICOH THETA UVC Driver (free)
For Windows only; not required when using Mac.

For detailed instructions, please refer the video here.

Differences of live streaming functions between THETA Z1 and THETA X

Both THETA Z1 and THETA X support live streaming, but with the following differences.

Streaming with THETA Z1

temperatures up to 30°C (86°F). (Continuous transmission is not guaranteed in all environments and conditions.)

Streaming with THETA X

For the first time in the THETA series, THETA X supports in-camera processing of dynamic stitching and zenith correction during live streaming, enabling the delivery of higher quality video than ever before. In addition, the white balance and exposure compensation for video can be adjusted on THETA X before live streaming begins. This is useful for setting the exposure in advance for the scene, such as on a stage, where the camera would be prone to white-out with auto mode.

The maximum continuous duration for live streaming at 4K resolution on THETA X is approximately 25 minutes (in a 25°C environment).

By updating to the latest firmware (Version 1.10.0 or higher), 2K (1920×960) resolution can be selected in the live streaming software, enabling longer streaming times of up to 24 hours.

The stream duration with 2K depends on the type of cable and port you are using. Let’s see the detail next.

THETA X live streaming duration

THETA X can continuously stream at 4K resolution for up to 25 minutes (at 25°C), but by updating to the latest firmware, 2K resolution can be selected in the live streaming software, which allows for longer transmission times of up to 24 hours.

First, update your THETA X to the latest firmware. Click here for instructions on how to update.

Once your THETA X has been updated and connected to streaming software such as OBS Studio, you will be able to select either 4K (3840×1920) or 2K (1920×960) as the input video device resolution.

Delivery time when using 2K resolution depends on the type of cable and input port you are using.
When streamed using the included USB-C cable, the stream duration at 2K resolution at 25°C environment is approximately 6 hours, but by changing to one of the following standards, you can achieve up to 24 hours of continuous delivery.*

*If the temperature inside the camera rises due to conditions or circumstances at the time of shooting, the stream duration will be even shorter.

In addition to the type of cable used, live streaming can be more stable even in a 30°C environment if the rechargeable battery is removed from THETA X.

New RICOH THETA UVC Driver for Windows

RICOH THETA UVC Driver, which is required for live streaming using a Windows PC, has also been updated! (Not required for Mac.)

<Windows driver>
The RICOH THETA UVC Driver for live streaming has been updated. The content of this update is as follows.

1)The name has been changed.

Previous name: RICOH THETA UVC V/Z1
New name: RICOH THETA UVC Driver

2) Icon designs have been changed.

3)The product now offers video output in YUY2 format, allowing use with web browsers and Unity.

(Operation has been confirmed in some browsers, including Firefox and Chrome.)

4) Multiple cameras connected to a PC simultaneously can now be detected.

Wireless Live Streaming

If you want to try wireless live streaming with just THETA X by itself, without a PC, try a plug-in!

Learn more about wireless live streaming

In addition to capturing 360° still images and videos, get the most out of THETA X as a live streaming device to convey a 360° world!




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