In addition to announcing the closure of GoPro VR, the company also announced the launch of ForgeJS, an open-source framework to create VR experiences.
When your GoPro VR-hosted footage goes black on March 1, here’s why.
On Monday, GoPro announced that it would no longer allow users to upload content to GoPro VR, and on February 28, the service will end. So, now is the time to head to your user gallery and download your content!
This announcement comes less than three months after Vridio announced it would be shuttering its popular VR platform, and after a year or two of significant change in how 360 video content could be shared.
As more popular platforms, like YouTube and Facebook (with others sure to follow suit), expand their support for VR content, this contraction makes sense—but it does mean one less option for those of us relying on third-party platforms to distribute our content.
Users have until February 28 to download content hosted on vr.gopro.com. According to GoPro, all content will be wiped from its servers by March 31, at the latest.
According to GoPro’s website, “The initial GoPro VR platform was created before other platforms supported 360-degre video. It answered the needs of content creators to easily host and share their 360-degree videos online. While other platforms now support 360-degree videos, we believe it is our role to offer more features for VR storytellers.”
So, on the same day, GoPro also announced that it will be releasing the technology behind GoProVR, “so you can create VR experiences on your own.” The free open-source framework, ForgeJS, will offer developers another tool to create VR experiences.
ForgeJS will support a wide variety of media, including flat and 360 content, 3D objects, multi-channel and ambisonic audio and more. Developers can also build their own plugins—and share them with the community—to customize their experiences. It also allows users to add fixed or animated hotspots, as well as 3D objects and interface elements.
According to GoPro, users will be able to utilize ForgeJS’s player feature to display videos on their own websites, without ForgeJS’s additional bells and whistles.
GoPro also announced that it would continue to support and update its VR player app for Windows and Mac for professionals who use it to play and proof content offline.
For more information, visit the ForgeJS website.