RICOH THETA Developer Blog

  • MACOS and RICOH THETA USB API

    MACOS and RICOH THETA USB API

    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

    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 […]


  • Live Stream RICOH THETA X on Ubuntu 22.04

    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 […]


  • Set timeShift API for THETA X

    Set timeShift API for THETA X

    Thank you to community member @mikhail for working with the API for timeShift mode for THETA X. And helping clarify how to implement it! In real estate, the new 11K image resolution for the RICOH THETA X is highly desirable. Real estate agents who are non-professional photographers can easily take exceptional 360° images. Anyone can […]


  • THETA X 8K Video for 25 Minutes

    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 […]


  • 360 Camera For Construction: 80 Images in 10 Minutes

    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

    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 […]


  • THETA 8K Video Bitrate

    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 […]


  • Inspecting 8K 2fps video on a Mac – Initial Notes

    Inspecting 8K 2fps  video on  a Mac – Initial Notes

    I’m just starting to test THETA X video on a Mac. I am looking to use the newly released API commands that allow you to record 8K video at 2fps or 5fps. This is especially useful in construction and real estate, with the camera mounted to a hard hat or held up high with a […]


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

    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 https://youtu.be/RryWImhWIDs Testing Settings Without the API If you want to quickly test the API without building your own script, you […]