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.
In the meantime, 360 videos have changed these standards all the way through. Apart from a normal video, 360 videos are recorded pretty much in all directions and giving you a complete 360-degree view.
How can I watch this type of video?
Virtual Reality Headset
Nevertheless, they can cost a great deal as they deliver a completely captivating experience. It really puts you in the center of the action.
Furthermore, you can still enjoy watching 360-degree videos with your mobile phone without access to any type of VR headset.
The first way is to use your phone as a kind of “magic window”- point your phone in whatever direction you want to look at. The next way is to simply tap and drag a video to control your perspective.
You can also use a web player like the one available on both Facebook and YouTube. You can simply click and drag the video if you want to change your viewpoint.
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 even 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
Most importantly, there is one technical concept that needs to understand when shooting your 360-degree video. It 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, in the long run, it losses 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
Afterward, when you are done with the post-production of capturing your 360-degree footage, and you may 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.
Finally, 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.