10 Hot Tips For Using Your 360 Camera
When it comes to shooting footage with your 360 camera all the usual rules for shooting video go out of the window.
One of the first challenges is to work out which 360 Camera to buy and what you budget is. (read our full review)Click Here.
1. Viewing Angle
One of the first things to consider is viewing angle. Some cameras although they have 360 in their name won’t produce the entire shoot in 360.
As with all things there is a vast difference in quality and price. Usually the cheaper the camera the lower the resolution and viewing angle – so beware of this.
2. Types of 360 Video
There are actually two types of 360 images. Monoscopic is the most common and is found on things like Google’s street view etc. These are flat renderings 360 degree renderings of a shot which can be viewed by any screen or in a headset, but there is no real depth or perspection.
Stereoscopic video pumps up the virtual reality element by creating a 3D rendering of a 360 degree shot. This type of immersive content is usually shot with two lenses, one per field of vision and can be viewed with VR Headsets.
3. Degrees of Difficulty
Like all things there are degrees of difficulty of camera. There are beginner cameras such as the Samsung Gear 360 which are just point and shoot and are ready to go.
Moving on to advanced we then have the Nikon Key Mission which records the shots from one device.
Finally there is the professional rig such as the Freedom 360 which has six cameras and software to boot.
We live in a world where convenience of device is becoming more and more desirable. There are now a few 360 cameras that will fit in your back pocket. One is the Theta that you can carry around and does not require SD cards.
5. Filming in 360 Degrees
Sometimes it is hard to know what your shot will look like in 360. Everything in front of you is fair game for 360 shooting, however you will be unsure at what distance it will appear and where your stitch line is.
A stitch line is the point at which the video from each lense meets the other to create the full 360 sphere. Look for a camera that does all the sticking internally.
6. The Stitch can be a Pain
If you are using a manual camera set up you will have to manually stitch all your footage from each camera. There is software out there from Kodak that will do all this for you. There are others such as Kolor that will do it all for you also.
Most 360 cameras will advertise the maximum resolution at which they shoot RAW footage. Once it is rendered into 360 however the resolution becomes worse. So be prepared for a loss of resolution in the finished product.
8. Video quality when sharing
Most 360 players like Facebook and Youtube will compress your file once you upload it. Therefore the higher the starting resolution the better it will look. However, be prepared that the viewing quality will be less than you are seeing on you PC or app.
9. How to Improve Viewing Quality
If you are loading up to Youtube make sure you click on the youtube settings to max out the resolution to 4K if it allows it. On Facebook make sure the HD option is selected – it does make a difference.
10. Accept Imperfections
Even if you do everything correctly, things are bound to go wrong at some stage when you are shooting 360. One of the best ways to learn is by trial and error and you will perfect your 360 camera shooting experience.