VR180

Capture the world as your eyes see it.

Introduction

VR180 video surrounds half the world of a viewer, allowing for 180º of exploration. Your audience can look around just enough to be immersed, but not need to rotate in all directions.

To learn more about how to experience VR, visit the Watch page.

For Creators looking for a hands-on VR180 education, learn more about the VR Creator Lab.

Cameras

Here are a few VR180 cameras currently available. Every camera can capture 180º footage, though each has features unique to it.

  • Insta360 EVO

    Insta360 EVO

    A 2-in-1 360º and 180º camera, the Insta360 EVO shoots in 5.7K/4K/1440p @30fps. It’s a good choice if you usually shoot alone, don’t need to color-correct your footage, or prefer to publish sooner than later.

    • Aperture: f/2.2

      Video Resolution: 57602880 @30fps, 38401920 @50fps, 38401920 @30fps, 30081504 @100fps

      Photo Resolution: 6080*3040 (18 MP)

      File Format: .insv, .mp4, .LOG, .insp, .jpg, .dng (RAW)

      Video Encoder: H.264

      ISO: 100 ~ 3200

      Stabilization: Built-in 6-axis gyroscopic “Flowstate” stabilization

      Exposure: -4EV to +4EV

      White Balance: Auto, Cloudy, Sunny, Fluorescent, Incandescent

      More specs
  • Z CAM K1 Pro

    Z CAM K1 Pro

    With the highest current resolution available for VR180, the Z CAM K1 Pro shoots in 6K@30fps and 4K@60fps. It has no built in monitor, though is a good choice if you need advanced camera settings and want to color-correct your footage.

    • Aperture: f/2.8-11

      Video Resolution: 6K@30fps, 4K@60fps (post-stitching output)

      File Format: .mov

      Video Encoder: H.264

      Audio Encoder: AAC

      ISO: 100 ~ 3200

      Exposure: Auto, Manual, Coordinated

      White Balance: Auto, Manual, Coordinated

      Professional Gamma Setting: Z-log

      Microphone: Stereo

      More specs
  • Vuze XR

    Vuze XR

    A 2-in-1 360º and 180º camera, the Vuze XR shoots in 5.7K@30fps and 4K@60fps. It’s a good choice if you usually shoot alone, don’t need to color-correct your footage, or prefer to publish sooner than later.

    • Aperture: f/2.4

      Video Resolution: 5.7K@30fps, 4K@60fps, 4K@30fps

      Photo Resolution: 6000*3000

      File Format: .mp4

      Video Encoder: H.264

      Audio Encoder: AAC

      ISO: 100 ~ 1600

      Stabilization: Built-in 6-axis gyroscopic

      Microphone: Four MEMS 48KHz microphones

      More specs

Filming

VR180 is simpler to create than 360º video, but it’s still quite different from traditional filming. The following video provides a few tips to keep in mind when you start shooting.

Watch in headset: Open this page on your phone then tap the video.

For another good overview of shooting in VR180, check out the video below from our friends at VRScout (no headset required).

Stitching

A VR180 camera captures two separate fisheye images, one for the left eye and one for the right. To make those different views editable, stitching software converts those images into two equirectangular squares placed either side-by-side or stacked one on top of the other.

VR180 camera fisheye images

Most VR180 cameras come with their own proprietary stitching software.

Editing

The post-production workflow is slightly different for each VR180 camera on the market. To find your particular workflow, first select your camera and then your preferred editing software.

Camera

Editing Software

Workflow

You will use Insta360 Studio to stitch, Final Cut Pro X to edit, and VR180 Creator software to prepare for publishing to YouTube. These video tutorials will walk you through the basics of each step.

  • Capture

    Insta360 EVO
  • Stitch

    Stitch
  • Edit

    Edit
  • Export

    Export
  • Upload

    YouTube

Video Tutorial

Recommended Video Specifications:

Projection: Cropped Equirectangular

Aspect Ratio (vertical option): 1:2 / Top-Bottom Stereo format / 2880 x 5760 resolution

Aspect Ratio (horizontal option): 2:1 / Side-by-side Stereo format / 5760 x 2880 resolution

Codec: ProRes 422 HQ

Frame Rate: 29.97 (for Highest Resolution Possible, or 30fps depending on your camera & workflow)

Audio codec: Stereo audio AAC / 48000Hz sample rate

Additional Resources:

  • Insta360 Pro website
  • Step-by-step guide to editing VR180 in Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Premiere system requirements
  • Download Insta360 Studio here
  • Download VR180 Creator here

Workflow

You will use Insta360 Studio to stitch, Adobe Premiere 2018 to edit, and VR180 Creator software to prepare for publishing to YouTube. The video tutorials below will walk you through the basics of each step.

  • Capture

    Insta360 EVO
  • Stitch

    Stitch
  • Edit

    Edit
  • Export

    Export
  • Upload

    YouTube

Video Tutorial

Recommended Video Specifications:

Projection: Cropped Equirectangular

Aspect Ratio (vertical option): 1:2 / Top-Bottom Stereo format / 2880 x 5760 resolution

Aspect Ratio (horizontal option): 2:1 / Side-by-side Stereo format / 5760 x 2880 resolution

Codec: ProRes 422 HQ

Frame Rate: 29.97 (for Highest Resolution Possible, or 30fps depending on your camera & workflow)

Audio codec: Stereo audio AAC / 48000Hz sample rate

Additional Resources:

Workflow

After installing the Insta360 Studio plugin, you will use Adobe Premiere 2019 to both edit your footage and prepare it for publishing to YouTube. The video tutorials below will walk you through the basics of each step.

  • Capture

    Insta360 EVO
  • Edit

    Edit
  • Upload

    YouTube

Video Tutorial

Recommended Video Specifications:

Projection: Cropped Equirectangular

Aspect Ratio (vertical option): 1:2 / Top-Bottom Stereo format / 2880 x 5760 resolution

Aspect Ratio (horizontal option): 2:1 / Side-by-side Stereo format / 5760 x 2880 resolution

Codec: ProRes 422 HQ

Frame Rate: 29.97 (for Highest Resolution Possible, or 30fps depending on your camera & workflow)

Audio codec: Stereo audio AAC / 48000Hz sample rate

Additional Resources:

Workflow

You will use VR180 Creator software to stitch, FinalCut Pro X to edit, and VR180 Creator again to prepare for publishing to YouTube. The video tutorials below will walk you through the basics of each step.

  • Capture

    Z CAM K1 Pro
  • Stitch

    Stitch
  • Edit

    Edit
  • Export

    Export
  • Upload

    YouTube

Video Tutorial

Recommended Video Specifications:

Projection: Cropped Equirectangular

Aspect Ratio (vertical option): 1:2 / Top-Bottom Stereo format / 2880 x 5760 resolution

Aspect Ratio (horizontal option): 2:1 / Side-by-side Stereo format / 5760 x 2880 resolution

Codec: ProRes 422 HQ

Frame Rate: 29.97 (for Highest Resolution Possible, or 30fps depending on your camera & workflow)

Audio codec: Stereo audio AAC / 48000Hz sample rate

Additional Resources:

Workflow

You will use VR180 Creator software to stitch, Adobe Premiere 2018 to edit, and VR180 Creator again to prepare for publishing to YouTube. The video tutorials below will walk you through the basics of each step.

  • Capture

    Z CAM K1 Pro
  • Stitch

    Stitch
  • Edit

    Edit
  • Export

    Export
  • Upload

    YouTube

Video Tutorial

Recommended Video Specifications:

Projection: Cropped Equirectangular

Aspect Ratio (vertical option): 1:2 / Top-Bottom Stereo format / 2880 x 5760 resolution

Aspect Ratio (horizontal option): 2:1 / Side-by-side Stereo format / 5760 x 2880 resolution

Codec: ProRes 422 HQ

Frame Rate: 29.97 (for Highest Resolution Possible, or 30fps depending on your camera & workflow)

Audio codec: Stereo audio AAC / 48000Hz sample rate

Additional Resources:

Workflow

You will use VR180 Creator software to stitch, and then Adobe Premiere 2019 to both edit your footage and prepare it for publishing to YouTube. The video tutorials below will walk you through the basics of each step.

  • Capture

    Z CAM K1 Pro
  • Stitch

    Stitch
  • Edit

    Edit
  • Upload

    YouTube

Video Tutorial

Recommended Video Specifications:

Projection: Cropped Equirectangular

Aspect Ratio (vertical option): 1:2 / Top-Bottom Stereo format / 2880 x 5760 resolution

Aspect Ratio (horizontal option): 2:1 / Side-by-side Stereo format / 5760 x 2880 resolution

Codec: ProRes 422 HQ

Frame Rate: 29.97 (for Highest Resolution Possible, or 30fps depending on your camera & workflow)

Audio codec: Stereo audio AAC / 48000Hz sample rate

Additional Resources:

Workflow

You will use Vuze VR Studio to stitch, FinalCut Pro X to edit, and VR180 Creator software to prepare for publishing to YouTube. The video tutorials below will walk you through the basics of each step.

  • Capture

    Vuze XR
  • Stitch

    Stitch
  • Edit

    Edit
  • Export

    Export
  • Upload

    YouTube

Video Tutorial

Recommended Video Specifications:

Projection: Cropped Equirectangular

Aspect Ratio (vertical option): 1:2 / Top-Bottom Stereo format / 2880 x 5760 resolution

Aspect Ratio (horizontal option): 2:1 / Side-by-side Stereo format / 5760 x 2880 resolution

Codec: ProRes 422 HQ

Frame Rate: 29.97 (for Highest Resolution Possible, or 30fps depending on your camera & workflow)

Audio codec: Stereo audio AAC / 48000Hz sample rate

Additional Resources:

Workflow

You will use Vuze VR Studio to stitch, Adobe Premiere 2018 to edit, and VR180 Creator software to prepare for publishing to YouTube. The video tutorials below will walk you through the basics of each step.

  • Capture

    Vuze XR
  • Stitch

    Stitch
  • Edit

    Edit
  • Export

    Export
  • Upload

    YouTube

Video Tutorial

Recommended Video Specifications:

Projection: Cropped Equirectangular

Aspect Ratio (vertical option): 1:2 / Top-Bottom Stereo format / 2880 x 5760 resolution

Aspect Ratio (horizontal option): 2:1 / Side-by-side Stereo format / 5760 x 2880 resolution

Codec: ProRes 422 HQ

Frame Rate: 29.97 (for Highest Resolution Possible, or 30fps depending on your camera & workflow)

Audio codec: Stereo audio AAC / 48000Hz sample rate

Additional Resources:

Workflow

You will use Vuze VR Studio to stitch, and then Adobe Premiere 2019 to both edit your footage and prepare it for publishing to YouTube. The video tutorials below will walk you through the basics of each step.

  • Capture

    Vuze XR
  • Stitch

    Stitch
  • Edit

    Edit
  • Upload

    YouTube

Video Tutorial

Recommended Video Specifications:

Projection: Cropped Equirectangular

Aspect Ratio (vertical option): 1:2 / Top-Bottom Stereo format / 2880 x 5760 resolution

Aspect Ratio (horizontal option): 2:1 / Side-by-side Stereo format / 5760 x 2880 resolution

Codec: ProRes 422 HQ

Frame Rate: 29.97 (for Highest Resolution Possible, or 30fps depending on your camera & workflow)

Audio codec: Stereo audio AAC / 48000Hz sample rate

Additional Resources:

Publishing

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 “VR180” in the video title and to add viewing instructions in the description. Something like:

This is a VR180 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 180 experience.

If you missed the recommended export specs, you can find them here.

Endless VR content awaits.

Watch Now

Join the VR community newsletter

Receive quarterly updates on the latest in VR production, events, and content.

Thanks for signing up. You will now be receiving our quarterly VR community newsletter. You can decide to unsubscribe at any time.
There was an error with your form submission. Please try again.