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FAQ 360 
Frequent asked Questions about 360 / Spherical 

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About me

Phill Smith :  Ins risk Manager Australia and Tourism Bangkok (Monthly visits) and I use the 360 cameras for tourism 
(more on me in 360 app page about me / my 360 stuff in devices my profile)








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2018.07.14 added a look up table at bottom of page

as i get time I will change over the info below to the table or both depending on the way it presents

TIP: for latest changes sort by column yy/mm/dd General comment and select descending

NB:  The info is free, and made on the fly (in my spare time lol  what spare time)  
I do NOT focus on spelling, grammar or detailed tutorial I focus on critical stuff and expect people to have passion and enthusiasm and be curious to discover and learn more .. learning / success is a serious of failures so go for it 

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last 9 by latest edits - full list bottom of page with sort option
TopicCategoryDated yy.mm Page | alpha listing
Nadir technical: centre ground point 2019.07.20 360 faq 
photo set up photos 2018.08.17 added Photos 
Focus point Photo & Video 2018.07.14  faq 360: change start point 
Change start point photo & Video 2018.07.14  faq 360: change start point 
video to Photo Photo 2018.07.14 yes apps faq 360 
apps  2018.07.10 apps for 360 
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Camera tricks


2018.07.02 lab test page Camera tricks








Change start point


2018.08.20
This means re position of the opening view, the 1st thing you see when you open the image in spherical

obviously you can rotate but often 1st impressions is important - it may be the primary message 

some apps allow you to change the starting view

see 360 apps page 

app: VeeR
app: edit 360 

host site: 360 pics 
Theta in the app during upload


Host site: Virtual tours
most all will provide this option:   - see them in page 360 host sites





Change Horizon

2018.08.26
most 360 cameras will auto set the horizon of the shot regardless of the angle of the camera 
ie., hold the camera vertically or horizontal the image will be in logical gyro display

sometimes the horizon is not correct or you may wish to force the position to be different 
example: you may want the starting view looking up or down .. (it might create a virtigo feeling)

in page 360 aps editor 360 can change the horizon

most host sites can do this on upload, check if you need to set at time of upload as not all can edit once it has been uploaded










 








Photos


Basic 




in the 360 apps page 

VeeR 360 editor can change start point in photo and video, can be rotated on the horiz line only


Edit 360 
can change the start point to any point in the sphere as well as the horizon, this means the opening view can be nadir the centre  point down 
this is useful for drone images 
but in ground shots it can cause vertigo effect 

it is also useful when you want to PIP (Pic in Pic) add a logo and do not have warp facilities 
you change the location of the spot of the insert to be the horizon (centre view) then add your logo, then use the app to re position the horizon back to original and in doing so it will warp the insert

of course you can just save time by inserting the image via app VeeR or an y app that can handle warp  - see lab test Warping PIP


Note: some hosts sites offer .. it can usually be done only once  

2018.07.14 Host site to allow change of start view:  Theta, Facebook, VeeR, Google Street view,




Tips 

Free app Theta+   lets you edit and animate
change start point and improve image size (pixels)

in portrait mode 




rotate device 




now you can push the start point left or right and output 
when the view is horiz the out size is bigger ?


Mirror Ball
pinch zoom the view to what you want and then select image size and output
you can get a good fisheye shot 


In video mode do the same with Mirror ball ie., pinch zoom to a fisheye size then output 
then do rotate the view and output again
you now have 2 clips with same audio but different view as if you had 2 camera people working 
you can do this about 4 times for 4 angles ..  cool










Video


VeeR 360 editor can change start point in photo and video, can be rotated on the horiz line only










Communities



last 5 by latest edits, open table to see all and sort by any column
Name and linkChannel I Type I Size I yy.mmTheme FocusLocation I Manager
PanoBootcamp on Facebook Facebook I Public I MS: 2000 Panoramic Photography, help novices learn the ropes. see rules in section about Global I Mngr: several users in group 
Panoskin Facebook I Closed MS: 1000 virtual tour hist site Global I Mngr: several users in group 
Australia VR Community Facebook I Public MS 24000 I 18.07 VR (Virtual Reality) general  Australia Mngr: VeeR Community 
Life & Travel in 360° Facebook I Closed MS 24000 I 18.07 Life and Travel Global I Mngr: VeeR Community 
VeeR Editor - Edit 360 videos on the go Facebook I Public I MS 24000 I 18.07 app Editor: free app, inject metadata, change start point, text, logo, emoj Global I mngr VeeR VR 
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Convert photo to video


as at 2018.06 

Veer editor - has restriction of image size (resolution) so if u dnt want to reduce the file size try these alternatives 

app Kirakira+ (IOS or Samsung) and output as video (retains 2x1 ratio
current output video resolution is 120 x 960

app IOS  clippycam (pay the money to remove watermark)
current resolution output 1280 x 640 

2018.06.21  added more content in 360 apps - under photo






Lab tests


nb: these are actual tests -> b4 creating this page many are shown in basic in page 360 apps
last 5 by latest edits - open table to see all and sort by any column  
TopicstatusLink to more
Aeorplane bubble shots INSTA360 ONE X 2019.10.10 drafted Aeroplane gig 
Virtual tour: Google maps - how to make 2019.06.17 drafted to  Google Street view - Virtual tour 
Camera: Theta Z1 spec leak 2019.04.09 news flash  Theta Z1 leaked specs 
Photo app skylab - masking feature 2019.06.27 test, feedback  Skylab photo app masking 
Video tricks - by QooCam 2019.03.27 completed Qoocam - video tricks 
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Nadir

2018.07.20

meaning
The centre point top or bottom - typically the location of the tripod 
Pointing to the nadir means that the camera axis (in the direction of the lens) is perpendicular to the ground / object.

in layman terms: South (Nadir) and North  (Zenith)


for 360 community:- 
Typically where the tripod is located and users want to vanish or hide the tripod or cover it with a logo

in the page 360 app at section: Nadir see tips and tricks: hide  / Vanish 



The opposite: 
highest point at the top is known as Zenith
The zenith is an imaginary point directly "above" a particular location, on the imaginary celestial sphere. "Above" means in the vertical direction opposite to the apparent gravitational force at that location. The opposite direction, i.e. the direction in which gravity pulls, is toward the nadir. The zenith is the "highest" point on the celestial sphere.










Narration 


as at June 2018 there is no option in Veer Editor 

work around 

2018.08.17 App Vimo has 3 audio options

2018.07 app IOS  clippycam (pay the money to remove watermark)
current resolution output 1280 x 640 
offers a window to show your face while narrating over a photo or vid - you can size the box/shape and position anywhere on screen including off the screen

as the video quality is restricted 1st consider which image or vid to use ie, up close or or great detail as it will wash down


2018.06.10 IOS vid app Videocraft are currently doing a mod on their app to support 2 x 1 video format
their app has narration and fade between clips and music which will compliment veer editor 


2018.06.21  added more content in 360 apps - Video Trailers
some of the apps have narration 


Output Video normal mode


2018.07.14

free Theta+ app lets you create many such options 

use the mirror ball option then pinch zoom to the size you want and output

tips:
change the view point and repeat several times 
you will end of with multiple clips of diff view but same audio and people thing u have multiple cameras 

it's obviously good for close scenes in the middle if a table of people so everyone gets a viewing 

Insta360 has a wicked option to set a tracking mode to stay focused on an object, they also have inapp feature to output in standard mode with rotations and many other aspects ..  amazing BUT it can only be done with their raw footage ie, u can not copy vid across from another camera  ..doh!





Photo set up


2018.07.20

best to set up the shot as much as possible to save time on post production

obviously if you have live view (most devices and apps) then try this 


Positioning the view relative to the Sun

good advice 

Dimona Dougherty Bisect the sun with the camera to correct for exposure difference between the lenses, this is the biggest and most important piece of advice I can give you. Correct the angle in post and make a thin side of the camera always cut through the centre of the



I've taken some good suns with mid afternoon sun glare by using a solid object tree or my to block the glare, takes a little practice but will get the job done


Planning the time for the shots
I use the awesome app Sun Surveyor (IOS and Android)   see details in page 360 apps - Utilities the features that this app offer are priceless, once I got a handle of the benefits i gladly pay 5 times more as it saves so much time .. the street view alone is brilliant 







Share Images



Share the image V's transfer the image 

Share:  meaning allow others access to view but retain control rights of the image 

as at 2018.09.23 
view page 360 host sites - Photos
many sites allow you to host a image in spherical format and share the view
some sites include options for 
tag words, text comments by you or the viewers and/or links
some sites have animation (Theta) some sites compress the quality(Fbk)
some sights let the viewer change the display elements (Theta and many Virtual tour sites such as RoundMe)
so it depends on what your objective  - social or professional 

Tip: feedback is needed - when you visit my page on 360 host sites - ... do let me know whats missing so I can add value knowledge base for community



Transfer:  meaning give away the image 

2018.09.23 

Revenue: 
in page 360 host sites see section Revenue
there's a site that allows you to upload and sell your images, this includes the option for the buyer to download, share or embed the image 
I've not tried all the options so feedback appreciated 

in Aug 2018 we drafted ideas with 2 virtual tour sites to allow share edit rights to allow it to be sold out, typically this is where we might start a sample virtual tour for a business as a teaser / entree and advance - 


Transfer the image
the are many apps available - you need to check the integrity of the platform to ensure it does not compress the image to lose quality


the best so far 


cloud hubs:  (expiry time: general 10 hrs)
Sendanywhere  syncs with desktop and smartphone  fast transfer wifi or internet

sendanywhere is awesome to transfer content from smartphone to desktop  - very fast

others
app: WeTransfer  

browser based:  fileroom.io   not fully tested 


Free storage cloud service with share / download
Google drive, Dropbox   these are among the best and cheapest with google giving around 15gb free
when you upload there's an option to invite others with rights to view, edit, download 
there are many others .. just google it 


this info is only as good as the 1st draft - take note of the date and feedback from end users in the 360 community 







 




Transfer images


208.09.23 recorded under "share images"   Share the image V's transfer the image 
this covers ideas and tops on transfer the image / file to self or 3rd parties 







Video to Photo 


2018.07. several apps noted in page 360 apps and  in lab test page 
























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Lab tests

nb: these are actual tests -> b4 creating this page many are shown in basic in page 360 apps
last 5 by latest edits - open table to see all and sort by any column  
TopicstatusLink to more
Aeorplane bubble shots INSTA360 ONE X 2019.10.10 drafted Aeroplane gig 
Virtual tour: Google maps - how to make 2019.06.17 drafted to  Google Street view - Virtual tour 
Camera: Theta Z1 spec leak 2019.04.09 news flash  Theta Z1 leaked specs 
Photo app skylab - masking feature 2019.06.27 test, feedback  Skylab photo app masking 
Video tricks - by QooCam 2019.03.27 completed Qoocam - video tricks 
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Resellers

1. Rumours 360   very good tech info and tutorials many reviews on devices 

2. Life in 360  facebook  I website












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apps  2018.07.10 apps for 360 
video to Photo Photo 2018.07.14 yes apps faq 360 
Change start point photo & Video 2018.07.14  faq 360: change start point 
Focus point Photo & Video 2018.07.14  faq 360: change start point 
photo set up photos 2018.08.17 added Photos 
Nadir technical: centre ground point 2019.07.20 360 faq 
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