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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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
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.