How to shoot and share your first 360 video

So you want to shoot your first 360 video? Where do you start? What do you shoot? How do you share it? We’re going to go over these questions and more, so you’re ready to shoot and share your first 360 video.

The location you plan to shoot will be one of the main factors in creating the most engaging video or photo possible. Consider the area you are shooting: How easy will it be to fit in the area you plan to shoot? How quickly will you be able to set up? Some 360 cameras are big and bulky, so moving them around isn’t going to be easy. If you don’t want to be burdened by size, consider a camera that has portability designed into it. The Ricoh Theta V’s form factor lends itself to be easily taken along and used. Because of the Theta V’s small form factor, it easily fits in your hand, and it has a ¼-20 thread on the bottom for mounting to a tripod. If you plan on handling the camera while you record, get creative with how you support the camera. Mount it on a long pole like a selfie stick, or mount it onto the head of your subject for a truly unique perspective.

Just like with normal video, bad audio will stop your viewer quicker than anything else in your production. Capturing spatial audio can be a big headache. However, when 360 video is combined with 360 audio, the immersive experience is greatly improved. The Ricoh Theta V has four built-in microphones capturing four channels of audio, giving you the ability to capture spatial audio with ease — without additional equipment.

Before you start recording, you’ll also want to consider the movement of your subject matter. Many times, if you aren’t capturing moving subject matter, it’s better to take a photo instead. It will save you time, and shooting pictures instead of video will typically give you a higher resolution capture. Take the Theta V for example; although it shoots UHD 4k resolution video, it captures an equivalent of 14-megapixel pictures. Plus, you can create time-lapse videos with its built-in interval shooting mode.

With the Theta V, shooting still photos gives you the ability to capture high dynamic range (HDR) images. HDR captures multiple pictures at different exposures and combines them into a single image to extend the dynamic range of a typical photo by providing better shadow detail and preserving highlights. Not all cameras offer HDR, but the Theta V does.

Another type of shooting to consider is live streaming. How cool would it be to live stream 360 video? The Theta V can — and in 4K!

Once you’ve captured your 360 video or photos, you’ll need to figure out how to share your newly created content. Some cameras will need to be synced and stitched. With the Theta V, you can simply and quickly transfer your content to your iOS or Android device via Wi-Fi. Once you’ve transferred your data, you can easily upload directly to Facebook or YouTube and you’re done.

There are many possible reasons for capturing 360 content. Maybe you want to create a virtual tour of some real estate or for a tourist attraction. Or, it could be that you are on vacation and want to capture dynamic and immersive videos and photos. In any case, the Ricoh Theta V offers a portable and easy to use solution. Click here to learn more about 360 video and the Ricoh Theta V.

Susan is the Art Director at Videomaker and YouTuber Magazines.