360 Degree Video Overview Guide
So what is 360 video? 360-degree video is a brand new medium, a revolutionary and truly compelling way of storytelling in virtual reality, and a great way to draw people into VR for the very first time. 306 video enables the story to unfold simultaneously from all angles and directions.
When the viewer is viewing a well-produced, and stitched 360 video from a VR headset, he or she’d be able to look around and be immersed in the virtual environment that is able to take the viewer inside the story being told, as it unfolds. Since’s the launch this new medium, it has been the most successful and growing most tremendously in the ongoing virtual reality revolution.
In 2015, two of the world’s biggest social media and multi-media platforms – Youtube and Facebook, both announced 360-degree video support on the platform and feeds known as Youtube 360 and Facebook 360.
These announcements made history as the new form of viewing 360 videos or VR videos, thus has officially made to the mainstream.
However, that being said, most people in general, or people outside the tech or VR/AR industry, still have vague and blunt idea of what 360 video really is, and most importantly, how to view it properly across different devices. Not to mention how to capture, shoot one of their own, and complete it with seamless post-production.
Before that issue can be solved, it will be a long way to go before the format became popularized as one of the widely accepted mainstream video formats. Yet, there are already lots of interesting 360 video content available on Facebook and YouTube that you can stream and look around on your PC by using the mouse to click and drag to look around in all position directions and perspectives.
VR is also coming to WordPress. Now user can create and publish VR content on any Word Press site, starting with 360° photos and 360° videos (beta). Readers can view regular photos and panoramas in virtual reality. Word Press is aiming to make publishing VR content as simple as publishing text or photos across the web — just add any existing VR content to your site, and anyone with a web browser can instantly view and enjoy it.
On a regular desktop browser you can then “look around” using your mouse, including in gorgeous full-screen mode. On a phone browser or a webVR enabled desktop browser, you’ll see a VR button in the bottom right — select it and our viewer will render the content in full 3D mode inside your VR gear. So far we’ve tested with Cardboard, Gear, Daydream, Rift, and Vive.
Augmenting your own posts with VR content is simple: Upload any VR content to your WordPress site just like you would with any other content, decide if you want to present it in 360 or cinema (panorama) mode, and publish it using the “vr” shortcode:
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360 Degree Video – Impact to society
With 360-degree cameras becoming more ubiquitous, 360 content is on the way revolutionize the way we consume 2D content. In the future, we might never need flat screen TVs or computer monitors ever again.
Like all revolutionary technologies, the earliest adopters are always the aerospace and military industry. 360 video is no exception. This new form of media origined from aerospace, military simulations and surveillance, mapping, and the security industry. And wouldn’t you have guessed what’s next? sexual energy always prevails, as we have seen happen at the rise of digital 2D porn during the Internet boom, virtual reality porn is one of the fastest growing industries in the virtual reality boom!
The Future of News
The real purpose of journalism is to create an informed global citizenry. Sadly, traditional newspapers and broadcast media companies, the usual way we consume news and information are not only biased but also corrupted. In traditional 2D media, TV station are ones determining the source of news we consume, and we can never be certain what we see on TV is really true or staged. There’s no doubt that with the rise of 360-degree content, the technology will revolutionize the news industry, where mankind will only receive truth and nothing but the truth.
In 360 degree videos, you are free to look anywhere in the video, which is a uniquely different level of cognitive perception and understanding contrasted to reading printed media or passively watching 2D material. The adoption and application of 360 video is a new form of journalistic tool. With 360 videos, the viewer is put on the scene and evoked the feeling of being there, where they can see the truth with their own eyes. The influence of this new medium is on its way to impact journalist capture and the way we learn about news.
Travel and Tourism
There’s no doubt that 360 content will have a direct influence on the travel and tourism industry. Imagine you are able to explore the world anywhere you want, anytime you want simply through 360 VR. You are able to explore the entire world right on your VR headset, web browser, and mobile devices. Virtual tourism may just be the ultimate marketing tool for travel agencies and destination business owners. Since 360 cameras are not exceptionally popular at the moment, travel tour agencies can also loan out 360 video cameras or sell 360 footages to their customers.
Most of us have experienced house hunting, which is a pain and tedious process. As a realtor, the more clients you have, the more potential sales you can make. However, you have to show your client houses, sometimes a lot of them, and this takes lots of times. With 360 VR videos, residential and commercial real estate agent can showcase a property right in the comfort of their client’s house, by sending the client a link to the property.
Virtual reality 360 broadcast has already made it’s way to almost every major sports event and live performances. Many now offer real-time streaming to view the event. So matter where you are at in the world, you too, can have the chance for a court side seat view to see the next NBA championship, or sit next to Paul McCartney as he sings “Hey Jude” during his next concert.
YouTube also offer 360 live-streaming on their platform. With 360 cameras such as the Allie Cam, you too can broadcast your own 360 videos !
Teaching and Training
360 content, whether photo or video, can be a powerful simulation for education and training. The benefit is that includes interaction in a photorealistic environment which can cultivate an effective, and rich instructional experience. Users can learn and accomplish education goals faster when solving problems in VR, and stimulate learning by keeping the student focused and engaged. Content may also be accessed by students anytime and anywhere through web browsers, HMDs, and mobile devices.
360 Video Viewing & Playback
Simple Guide on How To Watch and Interact W/ YouTube 360 Degree Video
If you are using the latest version of Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Operat browsers, YouTube will support playback of 360 videos . Safari is not supported.
From mobile and tablets
To watch and interact with YouTube 360 videos, be sure to use the latest version of the YouTube app for Android and iOS. For an immersive experience, you can watch 360-degree videos with Cardboard via the YouTube app. Once the 360 video is launched, simply click the Cardboard icon on the lower right corner and insert your smartphone phone into the Cardboard.
360 Degree Video Capture & VR Cameras
There are more and more VR camera systems coming out in 2016. To find the best 360-degree camera for you,
360 Degree Video Stitch & Post-production
Currently there are numbers of great stitching software that you can use to stitch. We’d recommend using Video Stitch, Kolor Autopano. Of course, outsourcing would be another option, but the cost to hire someone to stitch a 5-10 minutes clip of 360-degree video could range from $1,000-$2,ooo+ USD. Some VR system offers auto-stitching function.