How to watch 360 degree video on your computer

360 degree video

How to Watch 360 Degree Video on your Computer

We all know when you watch 360 Video content on your phone that you can easily move the phone around and see all around. You can also use your finger and easily swipe left to right and really navigate to whatever place easily.

What about when you are in youtube on your computer? I have seen loads of people trying to grab at the video with their mouse and moving it around and that does not seem to work very well.

What you need to be doing in Youtube is clicking with your mouse onto the 360 navigation circle on the top left of the 360 degree video.

Of course it is much better to watch immersive video in a VR Headset but that is not always practical.

Once you have clicked on that you can use your keyboard arrows to then look left or right or up and down. This creates a more enjoyable and seamless experience for watching 360 content on your computer.

Give it a go on the Clash of Clans 360 video on youtube now!

Vimeo is much the same but a lot easier. You see with Youtube, you must click on that circle navigation area before using your keyboard arrows.

With Vimeo, just start playing the 360 video and you can begin spinning around with your keyboard arrows without clicking. Although if somehow you cannot spin around with the keyboard arrows you still have the circle navigation area to click on and activate on the right hand side of the video. Test it out on the video below!

360 Brisbane Eye from AustechVR on Vimeo.

Of course it is much better to watch immersive video in a VR Headset but that is not always practical.

Shooting 360 Video

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Shooting 360 Video

At AustechVR we believe that 360 Video going to take Australia by storm. We will detail some handy hints on Shooting 360 Video to ensure you get the best out of your equipment.

The major difference between 360 Video and Standard video is frame! With a standard video you could choose exactly what to fill your frame with and it did not matter what was to the side of that as your audience could not see it.

With 360 video, there is no frame! This poses many issues and makes you think a little more about what and how you are going to film. This could be a problem or it could be a positive for your footage but what it really does is changes everything!

So let us dive into some points that you may have to think about when creating 360 Video.

 

Frames

No Frames, you have to be aware of your surroundings! Let’s just say you cannot film in a studio anymore where to the left and right there is a mess and people doing whatever. Simply that all becomes part of the video!

This also provides an opportunity to start thinking out of the box and finding unique places to film. You are able to show off your environment in full detail, this is great for unique spaces and of course, a never-ending supply of natural environments.

Just look at that Eagle Video above for a perfect example.

Being in Shot

Most of the time you will not want to be in shot unless you are carrying something like our Pluto 360 Camera for Android! So, if you do not want to be in shot you will need to look for a place to hide or even take yourself out in post production.

Thankfully nearly every 360 Camera is operated via Phone App, Ipad App or Workstations so if you need to be in another room or around the corner this is not a problem.

There is another trick, if there are loads of people around just sit yourself down and act casual, no-one will ever notice you!

Or, if you are a vlogger, this is no problem at all. 🙂

360 Brisbane Eye from AustechVR on Vimeo.

Zooming in

You cannot zoom in on certain things, so you have the option of either cutting then moving the camera closer to object X or you move the camera whilst filming to object X. This can be with a dolly system, remote control or even Drones if your Camera is small enough. This takes us to the next point, motion sickness.

Motion Sickness

If you walk around with a 360 Camera the chances are that you will be moving it up and down with each step. Imagine being on a ship with the horizon rising and falling as you look out, the same thing happens with the horizon on your footage and can cause motion sickness very quickly.

So, it is advisable to get creative with where you place your camera and aim to film from one spot. If you need to move there is nothing wrong with stopping the filming process and then cutting the next scene in.

As mentioned above, you can use a dolly system where you pull your camera along, remote control vehicles or Drones. Another great tool to use is a vehicle, you can attach the Camera to a vehicle and drive around, there will be no rising and falling horizon.

Stitch Lines

Stitching is what must happen to ensure that all your Cameras on your 360 Rig come together smoothly. Most stitching these days is done on Camera, in App or with software either in the Cloud or on your computer.

Know where your stitch lines will be, to do this experiment and check your footage so that when you are filming something say a person they are not standing between two cameras and being stitched together.

Stitch lines still do exist but they are not as pronounced as they used to be with earlier cameras but they can still pose a problem if you are not aware of them.

Hosting 360 Content

There are many ways to share your 360 Content these days. My favorites are Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook and VeeR TV  These platforms have millions of thirsty consumers ready to watch your 360 videos!

Of course, 360 Video is able to be viewed in Google Cardboard Headsets or any other Virtual Reality Headset. Simply go into VR mode and the screen splits into two so that you have one screen for each VR Headset Lens and you are suddenly immersed in the video! It is as if you are there and it is magic!

Be aware that when you have your video hosted the quality will drop due to compression methods used by hosts. As long as you are aware of this then you will not be upset.

I hope this short article gives you something to think about and makes your journey into 360 Video that little bit easier.

 

iPhone VR

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iPhone VR

We get this question asked of us a lot, do your VR Headsets work with iPhone? The answer is, yes! Our VR Headsets work with your iPhone and will provide you with iPhone VR!

We have 2 Virtual Reality Headsets suited to the iPhone. the one we recommend is our amazing

The VR Headset we recommend is our amazing VRGo Headset. It is completely portable, has amazingly clear Lenses for the best possible experience and also allows your camera to be visible which will really help when Apple starts using Augmented Reality.

Our VRGo Virtual Reality Headsets are priced very attractively and will provide you with the perfect solution when trying VR iPhone.

The next Headset we have that works with your iPhone is the Google Cardboard Headset. These come in at $15 and offer you a basic entry level experience and is perfect for viewing 360 Video or many Virtual Reality Experiences available on iTunes.

This is perfect if you have a bunch of people you are buying for or you need a Custom Virtual Reality Solution for your next event. The Google Cardboard can have a massive impact on your Marketing and will suit iPhone and Android phones so no-one misses out.VR Iphone

With the iPhone being so popular here in Australia we are finding more and more people are searching for the perfect VR Headset for iPhone VR.

The prerequisites for experiencing VR on your iPhone is that you must have iOS 8.0 or above. Essentially any iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE or above comes with iOS 9 and is ok, we believe that even the iPhone 5 should work although they are a little on the small side.

VR iPhone

We also offer a VR Shinecon Bluetooth Remote Control that you can pair with your iPhone and enjoy many VR games. If you do a search in iTunes for iCade VR you will find many games that will allow you to use this handy Remote Control.

Choose AustechVR as your iPhone VR Provider.

 

Google Expeditions an amazing VR tool for your school

Google Expeditions an amazing VR tool for your school

Imagine, taking your class of 30 to Mt Everest to show them what the Mountain looks like from Base Camp? Well, you can virtually without having to jump on the plane and then taking a Yak to Base Camp. Of course it saves us parents a few dollars too, I could just start to imagine the fees for that excursion!

How it works is pretty simple. A teacher will open up the Google Expeditions App on a Tablet or phone and select the role of guide, you then select your expedition. Lets stick with Mt Everest. Before you go on your expedition you need some explorers to come along with you. This is where your students come into it.

Your students will then open up the expedition app on their devices and because they are on the same network as you, the guide they will then be able to join your expedition to Mt Everest.

Once they have chosen to join the expedition they will just need to select the Google Cardboard as their preferred method of viewing and slot the device into the Google Cardboard Headset and they are ready to go.

Once the students start exploring dialogue comes up on the Guide device which gives you a little more information on this location. Also, you as the guide get an option to select certain points of interest within the Expedition, and it will then place an arrow on the students device to guide them to the area you are talking about right now.

The guys at EdTech 4 Beginners put together this great example of how it works.

Imagine the power in this, your students are sitting right there looking at Mt Everest in Virtual Reality and you are going through various facts about Base Camp. That is as close you can get to taking your class on an excursion without actually going.

The students are in the situation as they would be when on a normal excursion, they can look anywhere they please and explore freestyle and you can then highlight certain area’s in the expedition.

This is certain to excite your class and provide a much more exciting opportunity to learn about many important places around this large and diverse world.

Get the Google Expeditions App for free here!