What is a 360 video?
To start off this guide, here is a 360 video that was filmed in Singapore:
Sunset at Merlion Park
If you’re reading this, then it means that you’ve probably seen an online video like this before. Most of these videos were taken with regular cameras capturing everything in the direction in which they’re pointed.
However, 360 videos have changed these standards. Unlike a normal video, 360 videos are recorded pretty much in all directions, giving you a complete 360-degree view.
How can I watch this type of videos?
Virtual Reality Headset
Firstly, you can use a VR headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive which is the best, most immersive way to watch 360-degree videos. Although they can cost a lot, they offer a totally captivating experience that truly puts you in the middle of the action.
If you don’t have access to any type of VR headset, your mobile phone is enough for you to still enjoy watching 360 VR videos.
The first way is to use your phone as a “magic window” of sorts – point your phone in whichever direction you wish to look. Another way is to simply tap and drag on the video to control your perspective.
You can also use a web player like those available on both Facebook and YouTube. You can simply click and drag on the video if you want to change your perspective.
How do I create 360-degree videos?
Firstly, you have to ensure that you have a proper camera that shoots 360-degree videos for video production or you can engage a production company to help you. Read our previous article on 360 vr if you would like to find out more about some of the cutting edge 360 vr cameras that are available.
Shoot your footage
There is one important technical concept to understand when shooting your 360-degree video that differs from standard video capture. There are two main types of 360-degree video namely Monoscopic and Stereoscopic.
- Standard 360° format (what you would see on Facebook and YouTube)
- Viewers can move around the video but lack depth perception (somewhat similar to Google Street View)
- Uses two lenses to record footage, adds depth to the video, resulting in a more 3D experience
- Usually viewed with VR headsets
Editing of footage
Once you are done with the post-production of capturing your 360-degree footage, export your raw footage. Here are some of the file formats that you may encounter (depends on your camera):
Equirectangular: Similar to a world map, it’s a flat rendering of your spherical content
- Fisheye: Places camera in center and projects images around it
- Dual Fisheye: Two fisheyes from two lenses that have captured 180° content
After exporting the raw footage, follow the instructions on your chosen editing software and your camera to edit your film.
Lastly, you can just save your file and share your content with the world. Do reach out to our VR developers if you would like us to create a 360 video for your business.