360°

A completely new way to create.

Introduction

360º video surrounds the viewer with a complete sphere of video. It is an ideal format for taking your audience to new places and experiences where they can look around in all directions.

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Cameras

Here are just a few of the 360º cameras currently available. Each is capable of capturing Monoscopic 360º, which is a single 2D sphere of video. Some, however, can also capture Stereoscopic 3D 360º, which is more expensive and complicated to create, but makes a bigger impact when viewed in-headset.

Filming

Shooting in 360º is very different than filming traditional video. This new medium requires an adjustment in thinking and approach. The video below outlines some common mistakes to avoid.

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Directing

Storytelling is different in 360º. You want your audience to have the freedom to look around, but how do you make sure they don’t get lost? This video provides a few pointers.

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Stitching

A 360º camera captures footage from several lenses pointed in different directions. To convert those different vantage points into a seamless sphere of video involves a process called stitching. Most 360º cameras come with their own proprietary stitching software.

360° stitching

The stitched format as it appears in your editing software is called equirectangular. It represents a sphere unwrapped onto a 2x1 rectangle, similar to world maps we are used to seeing.

Equirectangular

In the case of stereoscopic 3D 360º, two equirectangular videos are created, one for each eye. The two videos are then formatted as a square with the left eye on top.

Stereoscopic 3D 360º

Editing

You can edit 360º VR video in both Adobe Premiere and Apple’s FinalCut Pro. This tutorial from Adobe Creative Cloud shows you how to edit in Adobe Premiere.

To learn how to edit VR in FinalCut Pro, visit Apple’s support page.

For more information on editing VR in Adobe Premiere, visit their support page.

View recommended video specifications for Mono 360º here.

View recommended video specifications for Stereo 360º here.

Publishing

From both Adobe Premiere and FinalCut Pro, you can export your 360º video so it’s ready to publish to YouTube. For alternate workflows, visit the YouTube Help Center article on uploading 360º video, here.

Once you’ve exported your edit and are ready to publish, upload to YouTube as “Unlisted”, allow at least one hour for processing time, and then watch in a Cardboard or other headset before going “Live”.

We recommend including “360” in the video title and to add viewing instructions in the description. Something like:

This is a 360 video, so pop on your Google Cardboard or VR Headset to be totally immersed in my world! No headset? No problem. Move your mobile phone around and catch the total 360 experience.

Endless VR content awaits.

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