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.

 

360 Video

360 Video

We have all heard of 360 Video, perhaps you have seen it on Facebook recently or on Youtube! Well, 360 Video is here to stay and accessible to everyone. One phrase says it all – Capture Everything!

Think of traditional video, you are seeing one small frame a scene, we have become accustomed to this and really do not miss the other pieces. This is because since most of us can remember we have only had that little square or now it is a rectangle to view films or video.

Of course, TV shows and Movies will continue to use this method into the future as far as i can see because it is a way of really dialing into the story and content. We now have another option, 360-degree video.

We used to hear about our first steps second hand before the camera. Once the Camera became common place we may have seen pictures of our first steps, then 35 mm film and later Handy Cam’s would show us those first steps.

Now you have the opportunity to not only capture those first steps on film, but the whole environment you were taking those first steps in – with 360-degree views! This is powerful, simply you are now able to Capture Everything!

This 360-degree video technology has become more affordable in the last 12 months, you can now pick up a 4K 360 Degree Camera for under $200.

This is a game changer, you will be able to whack your Google Cardboard or Virtual Reality Headset on and watch as if you were there. Or share on Facebook and allow your friends to scroll around or use your smartphones gyro sensor to look around the video.

Youtube has a large collection of 360-degree video, check them out! 

Vimeo, the other large player in online video has recently allowed 360-degree video content to be uploaded to their site as well. 

So you can see that these giants of online video are taking 360 seriously, it will not be long until everyone is using 360 degree Camera’s here in Australia.

On a recent trip to China I discovered that 360 degree video is firmly entrenched and popular amongst the Chinese. They have really adopted this format and cannot get enough of it to record their memories. This trend has caught on in the United States but not to the extent it has in China yet.

Of course, Australia can have a slight lag when it comes to jumping onto technology but we have seen a definite uptake on the need of 360 degree video here.

So, if you are thinking of jumping into 360 videos, this is a perfect time. Have a look at some of our  360 Camera’s here and remember, Capture Everything!

VeeR 360 Video

VeeR 360 Video

VeeR 360 Video

We have a new favorite App and Service. It is called VeeR and if you enjoy or create 360 Video then this app is certainly for you.

What is VeeR? Well, VeeR is a network of 360 Video and Photographs that are uploaded by people around the world that have 360-degree cameras. We first got onto it by word of mouth, we were posting our 360 content onto Youtube and were told to have a look at VeeR!

We were not disappointed when you open the VeeR App up and secure it into your VR Headset or Google Cardboard you are all of a sudden in another world. How it works is that there is random 360 content shown, you simply watch a video in immersive 360, when that finishes another video then starts. The content you see will cover all genres so diversity makes for a more interesting viewing experience.

VeeR App

We tend to only watch stuff that we think we are going to enjoy, but when you do not have to choose what is next it can really open your exposure to a variety of techniques, great story lines or just amazing vistas.

In addition to watching great random content, you can also personalize your viewing tastes so it really has something for everyone.

If you happen to not like a video, just use the navigation menu that pops up when you click your headset button and move to the next video. It really is great.

If you are a content creator the news is even better. Once you upload your content to VeeR 360 Video you will see that you get loads of views and engagement. As well as this you also get exposed to many different techniques and ideas on how to create effective 360 content.

We have a channel on VeeR, you can find us at http://veer.tv/vr/Austechvr. Just for a comparison, have a look at our Youtube page and you will see the distinct difference in views on the same video content.

You can Download VeeR for both Iphone and Android by following the links below.

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President Donald Trump 360 Degree Videos

Donald Trump

A fun post today. Let me make it clear, as an Australian I am not entering into politics of either side. My aim here is to showcase some content of President Donald Trump 360 Degree Videos.

This is all historic and relevant to what is happening right now in our world iaoaj7y. The best part, viewing this in your Google Cardboard Headset allows you to experience these things as if you were there.

Spotlight Stories

Google Spotlight Stories

Google Spotlight Stories

Google Spotlight Stories are the latest Virtual Reality Sensation and perfect for our Google Cardboard Headsets.

Google Spotlight Stories are simply innovating and immersive stories for Mobile Virtual Reality. It is funny, I say simply innovating! There is nothing simple about these amazing works of art!

You may have read about Pearl, which has been nominated for an Oscar! That is the quality we are seeing on Google Spotlight Stories. Who creates these brilliant Stories? The people behind this are purely very talented Artists and Technologists that enjoy creating Immersive stories.

These immersive stories however, can blow your mind!

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This is AMAZING! Godzilla has nothing on this lizard! The effects, the movie and the main villain were just jaw dropping.

One of the best VR Immersive Stories I have seen in a long long time. A must watch!

Google Spotlight Stories Help

Rain or Shine

This Story begins in a bright wonderful town and features a girl with a pair of sunglasses. However, things do not go as you would think. A great fun story which shows that no matter how bad things can go, every cloud has a silver lining.

The Simpsons: Planet of the Couches.

This one starts off great, is it VR yet? No! Is it VR yet? No! Is it VR yet? Yes!!! It was great seeing our friends from the Simpsons in VR, not only was the whole family there but loads of other characters too. Although this is quite a short Story it is rich with content.

Wherever you choose to look you will find something that you were not quite expecting. Some of the signs at Planet Couches are quite clever too, with such clever pun’s on common phrases.

The Simpsons Couch World

On Ice

Wow! This is a visual feast! There is so much going on here, where to look coupled with a unique perspective of being in the middle of a performance!This illustrates perfectly where immersive and 360 content is heading, and it is very rich with content. All the way down to looking a Bear in the eyes at close

This illustrates perfectly where immersive and 360 content is heading, and it is very rich with content. All the way down to looking a Bear in the eyes at close quarters, right down from the tip of his nose! This is a must watch.

Google Spotlight Stories On Ice

Special Delivery

As with most 360 productions, this one is very clever. There is so much to see, looking into many rooms from outside, cats chasing birds! Oh, and the main show. I will not say much about that other than it is magical and Kids will absolutely love it.

Pearl is nominated for Oscar!

Pearl 360 video Oscar Nomination

Pearl nominated Oscar

In a first for the VR or 360 Degree Video Genre, we have a short film nominated for an Oscar in the 89th Academy awards. The fact that Pearl is nominated for Oscar is a big deal for the ever expanding Virtual Reality Community.

We understand that version of Pearl that was nominated is a yet to be released Theatrical version, similar to what Pixar would produce. The category that Pearl is competing in is the “Best Animated Short Film” we are so looking forward to seeing how Pearl does.

Pearl is also up for an Annie Award and this award will happen on the 4th February 2017.

The movie itself is quite interesting. It starts off with a young woman jumping into the back of an old car. We soon see that this car has played an important part of her life, it is the place where she grew up with her father. They both made a living busking around the country.

The father would sometimes feel that he should be providing more for the daughter. Eventually, she grows and goes her own way before… Actually, I will let you watch the movie.

This movie is a part of the Google Spotlight Series on Youtube, there are a bunch of really cool video’s up on this channel so it is well worth subscribing too from this point on.

What is exciting is the accelerated occurrence of brilliant content being created in the 360-degree style. Of course, this style of video works perfectly and is best viewed in our Google Cardboard Headsets.

We are seeing content being created on the Video Clip front, such as Mix Master Mike and the Magma Chamber or even Queen and the Bohemian Rhapsody Experience which we have reported on in the past. The future looks very bright indeed and at AustechVR we cannot wait to see what 2017 brings us.

Lets hope that as well as Pearl is nominated for Oscar, we hear that it has in fact won!

 

 

Milky Way VR

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Milky Way VR


After our post on the wonderful Milky Way 360 Video we have found that people want more. No wonder when you think of the amazing images that can be caught of this amazing system of Stars.

Before we provide you with some simply stunning 360 video of the Milky Way let’s discover what it actually is. The Milky Way is our home Galaxy, it has our Solar System as one small part of it.

From Earth, the Milky Way Galaxy appears as a band of light from the countless stars that are clustered in it. The reason it looks like a band is because it is a disc-shaped Galaxy and we are viewing it from within, pretty cool huh?

Now let us blow your mind! The Milky Way is one Galaxy, we can see how many Stars and Solar Systems are a part of it. They are impossible to count! It is estimated though that the Milky Way has between 100 – 400 Billion Stars!

You would think that each Star would have a couple of planets rotating around it at least, so it is possible that there are over 1 Trillion planets in our little Galaxy.

It gets better, the Milky Way is one of 2 Trillion Galaxies in our Observable Universe.

Observable Univers

2 Trillion looks like this – 2,000,000,000,000! Now if start to think of how many stars and how many planets are in our Observable Universe and you will find that your brain could possible start frying.

The point must also be made that we have never viewed the Milky Way from outside simply because we have not managed to get a device that far away from Earth.

So, I hope that your understanding of how amazing our Milky Way is makes these 360 Degree Video’s even better. These videos are best viewed in our amazing Google Cardboard VR Headsets.

Rogue One 360 Degree Video

Rogue One 360 Degree Video

Rogue One 360 Degree Video

Rogue One a Star Wars Story is one of the mega movies of 2016 and will be smashing records well into 2017. This is the perfect reason to break out the AustechVR Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset and check out some Rogue One 360 degree Youtube Video Action.

Rogue One: Recon A Star Wars 360 Experience!

This is a brilliant video, puts you right in the hot seat and you get to experience what it is like approaching the Death Star whilst under heavy fire from X-Wing fighters!

Simply, enjoy 360 Video, one of the best ways to get the best out of your Google Cardboard!

Virtual Reality For Your Marketing Campaign

Virtual Reality is really starting to get some traction worldwide task management tool. You will see that you can leverage the popularity of Virtual Reality for your marketing campaigns.

How can you use Virtual Reality for Marketing?

AustechVR have had many clients take up the option of using Fully Branded Google Cardboard VR Headsets for events in 2016. Your customer immediately has a higher level of excitement at your event. They may know a little about VR but do not actually know what it can do. Or they could know a lot and are eager to show off it’s capabilities to others.

With the Google Cardboard VR Headsets you utilise the power of the attendees Smartphones. When the customer leaves the event, they will keep their Google Cardboard Headset that has your branding or the events branding printed onto the outside for everyone to see.

This sure beats handing out the usual pens, notepads, USB drives and the like. You can even produce your own VR or 360 video content to compliment your custom headsets.

A little history on VR and why the time for headsets such as the Google Cardboard is here!

Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for a long time in one form or another, it all started in 1838 when Charles Wheatstone showed that the brain can process 2 different 2D images on each eye to create an object of 3 Dimensions. If you are interested in the history of VR read more here. http://www.vrs.org.uk/virtual-reality/history.html

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VR has really begun to hit it’s straps just recently with technology leaping ahead via the amazingly powerful smartphones that are being produced. Smartphones have enabled developers to produce content and implement techniques once only thought possible on the larger more expensive Fully Featured VR Headsets.

A few years ago, you could buy a Google Cardboard version 1 headset that needed to be assembled before use. Only then to discover a handful of Apps and limited content available for you to consume.

Enter 2016 and beyond, we have had over 10 million downloads of the Google Cardboard App. We have over 360,000 hours of 360 VR Video on the 360 channel at Youtube along with 1.9 million subscribers. We have thousands of Apps and games for the Google Cardboard which include loads of free ones ready for use.

Video content, in particular is where VR is pushing ahead for the Mobile market, also games and experiences provide the Google Cardboard user with hours of fun and excitement.

With 2016 nearly behind us, think of your next event in 2017 and contact us for more information on how to get your headsets. We specialise in bulk Custom Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headsets.

Magma Chamber 360 VR Mix Master Mike

Magma Chamber 360 VR Video

Here we have this amazing creation Magma Chamber 360 VR from DJ Mix Master Mike. Mix Master Mike released a free online album which is called “The Magma Chamber”

it has a twinge of Mad Max in there and perhaps some of Dante’s Inferno thrown in for good measure useful reference..

So, what is Magma Chamber in 360 VR you ask, exactly that. The journey starts in a car with a pretty and cool girl dressed in black, then crash! Next stuff gets weird. The music that Mix Master Mike has created here suits the world 100%. Oh and what a world it is, it has a twinge of Mad Max in there and perhaps some of Dante’s Inferno thrown in for good measure.

This is the 2nd high quality and truly unique Music Video I have seen in 360 desinged for Virtual Reality which is really very exciting. I would hazard a guess that Mix Master Mike will bring out more 360 music video’s and I cannot wait to see what he does with it.

Quite obviously Mike is a very imaginative and talented guy with a brilliant team behind him, he can become a leader in Virtual Reality Music Video’s.

This is best served up wearing your Google Cardboard Headset but can also be watched in normal video if you prefer.

Of course this is only part of the story, check out the quick Behind the Scenes video Mike and the guys put together. I know loads of us are not only interested in the worlds that are built for VR such as this. We are also interested in the thought, methods and also goals that the creators have for the piece.

You can see mentioned here by Jonathan Winbush, no one is really doing this yet. Of course Queen and Google did the amazing Bohemian Rhapsody Experience. Other than that there is nothing really. So bravo guys and gals, this was one very impressive ride. Cannot wait to see your next creation.