HDMI Cable for Ricoh Theta S Live Streaming


Do you have HDMI input in your PC?



  • Streamed live using Streambox Cloud Encoder
  • RICOH THETA S Camera
  • BlackMagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder
  • MacBook Pro with USB Modems
  • Streambox Cloud

I have not personally tested this:

You need to grab the input stream AND then you need to convert to equirectangular (which Streambox does in the cloud)

This is usually only financially feasible if you’re going to use the Blackmagic box for other things. Most people already have one for use with more expensive rigs that are bigger than the THETA. They’re primarily using the THETA because of the small size and lower power requirements. You then need the software to convert the dual-fisheye stream into equirectangular.

Just so we’re clear, the HDMI of the THETA will output dual-fisheye. This is what dual-fisheye looks like:

If you want to display it on YouTube, it will need to be in equirectangular.

Feel free to ask more questions before you buy.

There are different “live streaming” methods and there are differences in cost and resolution.

The THETA can stream a low-res 720p over USB with free software to get it to YouTube. This will likely improve to 1080p at no additional cost within 6 months… Remember that the viewable portion of 1080p is only a fraction (like 1/3) of the entire video, meaning the resolution appears lower.

To use the HDMI output of the THETA, you will need more than just the cable.


It is possible to get an external USB capture card with HDMI-in for laptops but I haven’t tested them personally. This one appears to support most standards.
Also most Alienware laptops have an hdmi-in


thanks for sharing that. If @HassaanAhmadFarooqi gets the HDMI onto his laptop, he just needs to be aware that it will be in dual-fisheye mode. @HassaanAhmadFarooqi, this means that you’ll still need to develop or buy a solution to get it into a viewable stream for your audience with navigation. The HDMI resolution is attractive, but there’s going to be challenges. Just make sure you know the limitations of the workflow so you’re not disappointed.

Also, please report back on equipment used in a successful workflow so that other people can benefit. Thank you.


it seems that Vahana VR is one solution to getting a stream for broadcast although it costs more than the camera.


I have not tried this:

Using HDMI Output to Stream 1080p video to YouTube
from @LeipeLeon

I’ve live streamed from the HDMI port w/ mimo live to youtube
(Theta S/360º support available since version 2.2b1). It has a 360º filter to stitch the images together into a equirectangular image
so it’s very useful for HDMI sources -> better quality than USB.
There are also some other tools to place images in 3d space

This from MichKa

Of course, http://shop.videostream360.com/webplayer6. Just end with an /trial and you can test. You just have to check Use Wowza and you will get back the encoder settings. After that you just check Start Wowza and you can start streaming (attention - it take several minutes to start and has a timeout if no signal will be sent), adding hotspots (from cam to cam), integrate google maps for campositions (http://vs360.to/achensee).
Important is, that the live player CDN just devalidate every 1 hour. So make your experiences with the backend-link.
I am really interested about the question, if it make sence to offer #360live streaming platform next to youtube live. Btw. we have a JW integration, a wordpress plugin, a streamchecker and many more.

With many regards


So does this stream to youtube with interactive 360? Or is it post processed after broadcasting ends?

Assuming of course you use UVC blender to make the output from Theta equirectangular…


Streams interactively. Their cloud encoder processes the dual-fisheye stream on the fly. It’s a live stream, not a file upload. When you livestream on YouTube a file gets stored after the event.

Assuming of course you use UVC blender to make the output from Theta equirectangular…

No, it’s sending a dual-fisheye HDMI stream to the cloud. It doesn’t use UVC Blender.

I have not used it. Just to clarify, Streambox is not a RICOH product. It’s just listed on the THETA showcase. it’s not guaranteed to work with the THETA. You’ll need to contact the vendor and confirm whether or not it meets or production requirements.


Wow OK it stiches in the cloud and broadcasts to youtube in interactive 360? or it’s only interactive AFTER the stream ends and it’s processed?


Here are a iPhone picture of a THETA S connected to a full HD 1920x1200 screen with HDMI in
the screen are normally connected with DVI and a DVI -HDMI adapter to the Graphic card on a Linux machine

Anything to capture ? cannot convert it anyway
the cable are a2 meter Apple HDMI with mini adapter to the THETA S


It broadcasts as a live event in interactive 360 as the event is happening. It’s a 360 Live Event. I have not used it. I recommend asking them a lot of questions to make sure it does what it says it does. It’s a new product.


OK this looks like everything you need to know about streaming with the Theta to Youtube…


Thanks. I’m sharing this video on Twitter and Facebook. @jcasman is contacting him to see if there’s any further cooperation possible.


i went through the steps…

shoddy quality but it’s legit…


Thanks everyone! it was quite informative discussion. :slight_smile:


I think you know, but with the new free upgrade, the THETA can now stream at 1929x1080 at 30fps from the USB port. In addition, by using the new UVC Full HD Blender software, you can get 1080 Full HD equirectangular video stream on your Mac or Windows without the HDMI to USB converter.


Yes I know, this upgrade actually solved my problem! And now I’m using simple USB for live streaming. Thanks! :slight_smile:


Great to hear. Also great to hear that you’re developing a streaming app with Unity, or at least assessing it. I’d love to get more examples of using Unity for streaming. I know that there’s a problem with Unity not finding the THETA UVC HD Blender webcam right now. I think we’re getting closer to solving a bunch of problems with streaming.

I’m also trying to get a RICOH R Dev Kit to try with Unity. I’ll let you know if I find any answer.

Thanks for joining the community discussions here.


Streambox Announces Live 360 HD Video Streaming to Facebook and Twitter/Periscope From the Cloud

New announcement from Streambox, I have no inside information, just posting the link. It says “Currently, Streambox VR 360 is designed around the Ricoh Theta S camera with HDMI support.”


From the announcement

Streambox Inc. announced today live 360 HD bonded cellular video streaming to Facebook and Twitter/Periscope from Avenir Micro mobile encoder and Cloud software encoder to Streambox Cloud. The addition of Facebook and Twitter/Periscope to Streambox Cloud’s existing YouTube 360 support means streaming organizations can bring professional video quality 360 live video to the three major social media platforms.

One major hurdle for 360 streaming is video stitching. Currently Streambox VR 360 is designed around the Ricoh Theta S camera with HDMI support. There are two basic approaches; hardware stitching and cloud stitching:

Hardware Stitching:

With hardware stitching the heavy work is done within the encoder itself. For example, with the Streambox Cloud Encoder software installed on an Apple Macbook Pro you can stream from the connected Ricoh Theta S camera to the Streambox Cloud. From there the live stream is delivered straight to Facebook, Twitter/Periscope, or YouTube where users can view live 360 content on headsets, browsers, or apps.

Cloud Stitching:

With cloud stitching the heavy work is done within Streambox Cloud Services. For example, the Ricoh Theta S camera can be connected to an Avenir Micro or Drone encoder which streams video to Streambox Cloud Services to be stitched. As above, the live stream is then delivered straight to to Facebook, Twitter/Periscope, or YouTube where users can view live 360 content on headsets, browsers, or apps. Cloud stitching support allows any Streambox encoder to support live 360 video streaming.

Streambox support for Facebook and Twitter/Periscope allows producers to elevate their content and drive engagement with professional 360 video standards on social media from anywhere. Setup a meeting with Streambox at NAB in Las Vegas April, 24th-27th at http://www.streambox.com/whatsnew/