How 360 video works
Friday, May 30, 2014
360 video works in 3 steps: Capture, Stitch and Playback
By using multiple cameras with overlapping fields of view, it is possible to record an entire 360×180 degree field. Compact cameras with excellent image quality and wide angle lenses are best suited for this purpose and building arrays of GoPro cameras have proved an efficient solution to record 360 video.
Our software supports virtually any camera, so you can even go DIY and develop the solution that fits your exact project’s requirements. Though designing a proper camera setup requires some advanced understanding of the stitching process involved.
Once you have captured your content you will need to stitch it with a stitching software. Stitching turns the individual videos into a single, high-resolution, seamless panoramic video. The resulting video typically covers 360 × 180 degree field of view in a “world map” style of geometric projection at 4K resolution. Other geometric projections and resolutions can be targeted, like the cool looking “little planet” effect, or circular fisheye for immersive dome theatres. For this step, you need a specific software such as VideoStitch Studio.
VideoStitch Studio is packed with features to produce stunning 360 videos and get the best out of your 360 camera rig: Input synchronisation, exposure and white balance, anti-vibration stabilisation, orientation control. Learn more about VideoStitch Studio and 360 video stitching
By now you even have the possibility to do the stitching in real-time so that you can live stream the content you are capturing directly as 360 video to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or any other CDN. Learn more about 360 live stitching
360 video is delivered as regular video file or stream. The interactive video player then remaps it to show only the entire field of view the user is looking at.
It works out of the box in most modern desktop web browsers and using the ubiquitous Adobe Flash player on older browsers. Recent smartphones all support HD 360 video playback in native applications. While ‘augmented’ video content and head mounted devices such as the popular Oculus provide an astonishing immersive experience.
Ready for your first 360 video? Then download the free trial version of our stitching software and start playing around. Just click on the buttons below to start the download of VideoStitch Studio for post-production or Vahana VR for live stitching.