The USB API is very popular with RICOH THETA cameras for use cases such as time lapse or high volume pictures with a device such as a Raspberry Pi. Although most people use the USB API from Linux, it is also possible to use it from the MacOS. The main reason people use the USB […]


RICOH THETA X Development Top 10 Tips

With a new LCD screen and higher resolution images and video, the new RICOH THETA X is a fantastic camera for businesses in real estate, construction, used car sales and many more companies benefiting from the industry-leading RICOH THETA camera line. Although the APIs are largely the same as the previous RICOH THETA V and […]

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Live Stream RICOH THETA X on Ubuntu 22.04

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish and successfully tested the RICOH THETA X live streaming capability with both Wayland and X11. I’m running the newest firmware for the THETA X, version 1.10.1. I’m running libuvc-theta and libuvc-theta-sample. nvidia driver 510.60 nvidia-smiMon May 9 15:24:06 2022±—————————————————————————-+| NVIDIA-SMI 510.60.02 Driver Version: 510.60.02 CUDA Version: 11.6 […]

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THETA X 8K Video for 25 Minutes

THETA X 8K video ran for 25 minute with no problems at 2fps. This appears to be the normal behavior of the camera. This video format is widely used in the construction industry for video frame extraction and conversion to still image job site virtual inspection tours. I didn’t need a fan or any special […]

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360 Camera For Construction: 80 Images in 10 Minutes

The RICOH THETA X is an excellent 360 camera for construction. Using RICOH THETA X 8K 2fps video frame extraction, I created an 80 image simulation of a construction job site capture in a few minutes. The images of the job site capture were created by extracted frames from a 8K 2fps video. You can […]


THETA X Firmware Upgrade to 1.10.1

RICOH recently released firmware 1.10.1 for the THETA X. The official release notes from RICOH indicate these changes. Added a 2K (1920×960)/30 fps live streaming mode resolution, allowing extended operation times. Improved shutter time lag. Playback has been amended so that when shooting still images with [Playback Orientation] set to [AI Auto], playback starts with […]

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THETA 8K Video Bitrate

THETA 8K video in 360 is possible with the RICOH THETA X model. There are three framerates and three bitrates for the 8K video. The available framerates are: 2fps 5fps 10fps The video is used primarily in the construction industry for still image frame extraction and organization into virtual job site tours. Using the official […]

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RICOH THETA 8K Video at 10fps, 5fps, 2fps

RICOH recently updated their API documentation for fileFormat. In addition to 8K 10fps, we also now have access to 8K 5fps and 8K 2fps. This is intended for video frame extraction. Example of 8K 10fps Testing Settings Without the API If you want to quickly test the API without building your own script, you […]

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Live Stream 360 Video with macOS 12 Monterey

You can now stream 360 video in 4K from macOS Monterey 12.3. We’ve tested it on Apple silicon with an M1 MacBook Air. Resolution and latency are excellent. Set is easy once you upgrade to macOS 12.3. Prior to the news macOS upgrade, the RICOH THETA cameras couldn’t stream. As shown in the video above, […]

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Remove Pineapple Icon on Z1

The weird pineapple icon on the Z1 is the remote control icon. If you see this icon and want to get rid of it, you can turn it off from the plug-in menu on the body of the camera. Put Camera in Plug-in Mode Press and hold the mode button. This is the third button […]