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Facebook now automatically stabilizes shaky Live 360 videos

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Facebook today announced that some Live 360 videos will be automatically stabilized when uploaded to the social network. Auto stabilization will be deployed by Facebook algorithms anytime a video is found to be too shaky.

In a series of new features announced today, Live 360 videos can now stream live in 4K resolution, and live in 4K in VR with the Samsung Gear headset.

Also new to Live 360 video, Facebook launched its Ready program to invite camera makers and software developers to earn Facebook pre-approval for Live 360 video. Products pre-approved by Facebook may be recognized because they may carry the Facebook Live logo on their packaging.

The launch of the Ready program adds to a list of roughly a dozen cameras pre-approved by Facebook. New to the list are Garmin VIRB 360, Orah 4i, 360fly 4K Pro, and the ION360 U. See this VB story for other pre-approved cameras.

To stave off competitors like YouTube and Lytro, a series of features and updates have been brought to Facebook since 360-degree video was first introduced for a limited group of users in 2015.

Closed captioning for live video became available last month.

In March, Facebook users gained the ability to broadcast Live video from their computer and to broadcast 360-degree live video from all pages and profiles.

Tracking where viewers spend the most time can be difficult when you’ve given them a 360-degree canvas can be challenging, so last summer heatmaps were introduced for 360 content, as was the Guide feature to help a viewer through your content.

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