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Imagine being in the ocean with deep sea divers or up in the skies with a stunt plane, maybe even riding a roller coaster or experiencing a horror movie in new ways you never thought possible. 360 video is bringing the media experience to a whole new level by bringing an environment into a video instead of just a framed shot. More and more websites and content creators are taking advantage of this new technology.
Facebook and Youtube have optimized their websites to support 360 video and Stereoscopic Virtual reality. Companies like GoPro, Samsung, Kodak, and several other companies have already developed affordable 360 video cameras and hardware. This means that more 360 content is created and shared daily and is becoming a more accessible and unique way to share content.
While 360 video seems to be the general format this is just one of the two categories of this media. The two types are 360 video and stereoscopic virtual reality. The difference is within the camera rigging and the depth of video.
Think of 360 video as a normal video but the screen you’re watching it on is a globe around you while stereoscopic virtual reality is more of what we naturally see as the lenses are spaced just like our eyes are spaced this adds depth to the video. Also the viewing of this media would be used through the virtual reality headsets like the oculus rift and google cardboard. 360 video as a whole is very versatile. Imagine giving a tour of your business, factory, or house that you’re putting on the market. 360 video let’s the viewers look around 360° of the areas that you’re showing.
360 Degree Video Example Video (View from Mobile Device)