Archive for June, 2016

Dear Valued 360Cities Member,

Licensing 360º Images and Videos

 

 

 

360Cities is recognized as the leading source of high-quality, interactive 360° content

Over the past few years, 360Cities has licensed thousands of interactive 360° images (many of them multiple times) to hundreds of creative and editorial customers around the world. Over one thousand of our awesome contributors have received hundreds of thousands of $US in royalties, the average royalty payment to our contributors being over $200.

And we have been growing our revenue, royalty payments to contributors, and customer base each year

Licensing activities have grown every year. We launched an automated licensing engine in April of this year that allows our customers to search for, order, pay for, and receive images automatically, without any human intervention to slow things down for the customer.

 

 

 

 

360Cities Licensing Video

 

The number of our contributors’ images that our distribution partner, Getty Images, is licensing to their customers is growing each and every month

We announced our distribution partnership with Getty Images back in November last year and the results thus far in terms of monetization by Getty and the related royalties we are paying to contributors (60% of the royalties that 360Cities receives from Getty) has been very encouraging. The average royalty paid out to our contributors thus far is well above $100 although the amounts fluctuate dramatically depending on the end customer usage.

Getty is taking VR and 360 content extremely seriously, recently announcing the creation of a Virtual Reality Group. 360Cities is a key part of Getty’s strategy for VR.

 

What is Getty Images saying about our partnership and your panoramas?

> “This is an unprecedented partnership that will enable us to bring 360° imageryand immersive experiences to the mainstream.”

> “We expect this to be a huge growth area for photography in the next five years as consumers start to expect immersive imagery and Getty Images will be at the forefront of this change – our partnership with 360Cities is testament to this.”

 

NEW: Support for 360 video!

Video is going to play a big role in the VR experience and we’ll soon be launching support for 360° video on 360cities.net and with our distribution partner, Getty Images. We’re already getting licensing requests for video and we want to be prepared for when 360° video becomes more mainstream.

We’ll be sending out more details next week on how you can upload your 360° videos to 360Cities.

Wishing everybody a great summer!

– The 360Cities Team

Hi all! In this week’s edition of the Editors‘ picks, we’ll have a look at the contrast of two different types of architecture – the modern one, and the ancient one.

 

View from the SkyPod of CN Tower by Jürgen Matern (click on the picture to open the pano)

Modern cities are a great place for taking panos, for sure, especially if you are able to take the shot from above the roofs. Jürgen did just that, standing on top of the Toronto’s famous CN Tower, and the view looks just great. So have a look around!

 

Candlelight Vigil @ Victoria Park by wongchichuen (click on the picture to open the pano)

Big, modern cities lack that piece of humanity sometimes, don’t they? They can be cold, anonymous and busy. But it’s people who make it friendly, warm a comfortable. Humanity and friendship are the values making the big cities exciting.

Let’s move back in time and space. The tomb on the first pano belongs to Artaxerxes II, a Persian king who died in 358 BC. The other pano pictures a church in Thessaloniki, Greece, built almost 1000 years later.

 

The royal tomb of Artaxerxes II by Sergej Esnault (click on the picture to open the pano)

Hagios Demetrios by Kostas Chaidemenos (click on the picture to open the pano)

So much difference between the modern and historic architecture, right? Tech evolution, endless possibilities on one side, and countless stories and exciting history on the other. Which one do you prefer?

By the way, there’s more that got our attention last week!

Stalactite Cave Avshalom by Sergey Sirotkin (click on the picture to open the pano)

Water tower inside arboretum by Liviu Jurca (click on the picture to open the pano)

Hi all! Hope you had a great weekend and you’re ready to procrastinate a little bit after Monday! Here’s your weekly portion of panoramic beauty by our community photographers.

 

Almer Hut Milky Way by Mike Mackinven (click the picture to open the pano)

We featured this pano last week on our Facebook page and we’d like to highlight it once more, because it’s simply stunning. Almer Hut in New Zealand looks so warm in the middle of the cold and hostile weather at the Franz Josef glacier, but the Milky way above gives the whole scenery a fairytale-ish look.

 

Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires by Jason Perrone (click the picture to open the pano)

Puerto de Mogán by Leszek Cuper (click the picture to open the pano)

Time for some lovely architecture-related pieces! On Jason’s pano, you can have a look around at a little square in Quebec and enjoy the red colored clouds announcing an early sunset. Leszek’s pano takes you to picturesque streets of the Canary Islands, where looking for a small and cosy café is a must for every visitor.

 

Nasir Al Mulk Mosque by omid jafarnezhad (click the picture to open the pano)

The Nasir Al Mulk Mosque in Shiraz looks absolutely fantastic when the sun shines on its multi-colored windows. When you’re lucky to be inside the mosque, the floor looks like a giant rainbow!

 

Enjoying our panos? Here’s more!

Plants and Seedlings market day in Jelgava by Martins Strubergs (click the picture to open the pano)

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace by Martin Broomfield (click the picture to open the pano)

Fruit and vegetable market by Sergej Esnault (click the picture to open the pano)

Seyyed mosque Isfahan by omid jafarnezhad (click the picture to open the pano)

Stalactite Cave Avshalom by Sergey Sirotkin (click the picture to open the pano)

Hi all! We’re back with the latest summary of what our 360Cities community photographers uploaded last week and you can be sure there’s a lot to look forward – like everytime!

 

Dellville Wood Cemetery by Philip Giles (click the picture to open the pano)

This time we start with a chilling shot of the Dellville Wood Cemetery, where more than 5500 soldiers are buried. They were killed in the battle of the Somme, which was fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire in the First World War. However, the total casualties on both sides were much, much higher…

 

Alpine Garden by Philip Giles (click the picture to open the pano)

On a much more positive note, have a look at this brilliant view from the Alpes in Switzerland. As Philip points out in the description, there are more than 600 varieties of native plant life in the garden, which makes the whole place really special.

 

Milkyway rise by the Redsea side by Salma ElDardiry (click the picture to open the pano)

We guess you all would agree, the view at the Milky Way is beautiful, no matter where the pano is taken from. And apart from Salma’s photography skills, this is what makes this pano beautiful. Great one!

 

Eiffel Tower aerial by Marcio Cabral (click the picture to open the pano)

Here comes another night pano! The whole football world is now enjoying the European championship in France, and France – that means Paris, which means the Eiffel tower. Marcio took a lovely aerial pano from the top of the monument and it looks really great.

 

Laguna Torre at Sunrise Aerial by Marcio Cabral (click the picture to open the pano)

Last, but not least, this is one of the most peaceful panos you will ever get to see. A quiet lagoon in Argentina, and a rising sun, casting light on one side of the mountain range around the water, and shadow on the other side. Just imagine how peaceful the place must feel!

 

In case you’d like to enjoy more panoramic beauty, keep scrolling!

Titanic Quarter, Belfast by Philip Giles (click the picture to open the pano)

Solvay Spherical Panorama by Randy Scherkenbach (click the picture to open the pano)

Railway Overbridge in Hukanhauta by Mika Salmi (click the picture to open the pano)

Santa Cueva de Covadonga by Marcio Cabral (click the picture to open the pano)

Chong Nonsi Bridge by Laurent E (click the picture to open the pano)

Kien’s Cosplay Work Space by Neil Creek (click the picture to open the pano)