360° Video and Photography Workflow Tips and Tricks

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You've come to a place where you want to learn how to create 360° photos/videos, share your 360° content, and publish this stuff for your own uses.  360° virtual reality has become a part of commercial art and it's time for you to learn a little bit more about it.  Maybe you are ready to invest in equipment, maybe you want to research the workflow, and maybe you just want to find the best ways to share your content online.  Whatever the case may be, this is your ultimate blog to understand the dynamics between 360° workflows and technology. 

I've collected a handful of videos that will help you along the way when learning about 360° technology for video and photography.  From rigs costing more that $6k+ to just under $400, you can create 360° at your own pace and quality. 

How to Prepare for 360° Video Production with Your GoPro Rig

Preparing your location, equipment, and talent can be daunting with a new workflow. YouTube Space LA gives you some insight on how to make the most of the your preparation needs when shooting specifically for 360° video.  Much like traditional video production, your number one priority is pre-planning and organizing.

Keep in mind

  1. It's important to note that lighting in the beginning of the shoot is critical when you are almost ready to record your video. Make sure your subjects and space is fully lit with 360° video is because your stitching software (the software that glues all of your videos together to make your 360° video) requires information to properly automate this process.
  2. Make sure to have fresh clean memory cards and fully charged batteries.  This is crucial because when one camera goes bad, the other cameras in your 360° GoPro rig will be required to be on pause or stop.  Each camera relies on each other which is why it's so important to make sure all of your cameras are fully loaded and ready to shoot. 
  3. Once you are ready to record make sure your cameras can reference both motion spikes and audio spikes to properly stitch the videos together. 

Plan for a successful shoot.  This means understand how post production will work, how your equipment functions, and communication between pros and talent.  360° video content provides you with a new way of experiencing motion picture.  You are creating content where the audience is the "cameraman" and you have to make decisions that will make their experience worth while.

How To Produce 360° Video with GoPro

YouTube Space LA give you hands on look on how to create 360° videos and publish them on YouTube. So here are some of the basic steps I've learned from this video that you should consider doing yourself.  Of course, if you have questions, please contact us!

There are 6 GoPro cameras and a 360° case that will hold the camera's together.

There are 6 GoPro cameras and a 360° case that will hold the camera's together.

Keep in mind

  1. Acquire your GoPro rig.  The company Kolor Auto Pano  provides you with the software and tools to create and capture 360° video with a GoPro 360° rig. 
  2. Make sure your batteries are full and SD cards are re-formatted (you should have enough space to shoot)
  3. Stage and plan your 360° set. (make sure your subjects are at least 3-5 ft away from the camera and not in front of a camera.
  4. Light up the space you are shooting in so that your camera can properly stitch the image/videos together. 
  5. Create audio spikes and/or turn your rig (rotate) so that the camera's can be properly synced while you have enough lights to provide your camera with enough information to stitch. 
  6. Record and have fun!

If you need help with how to upload your videos onto YouTube, read this.

How to stitch 360° video with Kolor Pano from your GoPro cameras

Media management is a big part in making sure your 360° videos come out the way you planned.  Much like editing traditional video, be sure to name your cards, files, and organize them onto folders that will make post production smooth and easy.

Keep in mind

  1. Workflow requires you to use Kolor Pano video and then your traditional video editing programs like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere to continue building more custom videos ie: Graphics, motion graphics, color correction, and more.
  2. Name your cards and files.  This will make post production when you are ready to edit alot easier.  
  3. Make sure your hard drive has enough space to import the files.
  4. Plan your 360° shoot with a naming method that will be simple for you and your partners to understand.   

The next program you need to get, which is free by the way, is a metadata injector so that your 360° can be read by YouTube and Facebook. That link is here: Mac and Windows

360° Virtual Reality and Basic Workflow Explained 

Rob and Jonas Film Making Tips is a great resource to learn about tips you can try out right now with your current project.  They go into detail about specific workflow ideas, technology, software, and creative approaches when you are in the field.  Some things you might encounter learning about the technology behind 360° media is that 360° content creators are building the path and piggy backing off other each others discoveries.   We are in prime time to investigate and explore practical functions that will enable the progression of 360° video and photography workflow. 

How To Create 360° Photos with Your Phone and 360° Cameras

Digital Rev TV explains the basic functions of virtual reality (VR) for consumers using their smartphones and 360° cameras.  The device you use to make phone calls and browse Facebook can be turned into a powerful content creation tool.  The integrations that Samsung, Google, Sony, YouTube, and Facebook are pushing will allow more people to create content as they please.   The application of 360° photography and video with your smartphone has created a niche of content producers that take engagement and interactive media to the next level.  With the launch of such technologies, companies are investing in you to make the world as vibrant and rich as you'd like.

CNET Explains 360° Cameras from Beginner to Advanced

360° Video and photo cameras are still in it's early stages.  This means you are the pioneer in testing these new technologies.  With options between $400-$6k+, it is up to you to answer these questions when buying new gear.

Keep in mind

  1. What is your max budget?
  2. If you were to get this piece of gear, how and why will it serve you?
  3. Do you understand the pros and cons of your new product?
  4. How does one camera differ from the others?  
  5. What would basic workflow look like when you are ready to bring it to your computer?  
  6. What kind of quality would you get from the camera you are looking to get?  
  7. Does the price justify your use and purpose of the camera?
  8. Do you have the right equipment to start using the camera right away?
  9. Can your computer handle the workload coming from these cameras?
  10. In what platforms would you like to publish this content on?

These questions are important to ask yourself because you should understand the motive behind your new product.  To know the why and what before purchasing is going to give you peace of mind. 

Creating Google Street View 360° Photos Ultimate Guide

If you are curious on how Google Street View photos are created, check out Google's site on the different cameras you can use from all-in-one cameras to a DSLR set up that will get you different spectrums of quality.  

Useful Sites Explaining How To Publish 360° Digital Media

Google's YouTube
Kolor Auto Pano - 360° Stitcher

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