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360° Video

360° video is a video format in which the camera captures a full sphere of video, so your audience can look up, down, and turn around in a circle, allowing them to feel immersed in the environment the video is showing them. 360° videos are best viewed in a VR headset, like an Oculus Rift or Go, or a Google Cardboard, which is an inexpensive solution that utilizes your smartphone to create a viewer. However, they can also be explored on a smartphone or even on a computer by swiping or scrolling around. This emerging video format is great for transporting your audience to a scene in which there is a lot going on, and where they can look around them and follow different pieces of action or even different storylines.

Open Lab equipment:

  • Garmin VIRB 360: user-friendly, high-quality, durable camera; our default choice
    1. Training materials for utilizing the Garmin VIRB 360 and simple editing in VIRB Edit
  • Kodak PIXPRO: recommended only for advanced users with specific needs
  • Ricoh Theta: recommended only for specific video streaming and 360° tour needs

How to use our equipment:

Users wishing to borrow a 360° camera must first complete one of our 360° workshops, offered monthly in the Hillman Library. For the schedule, visit the ULS Workshops listing. Alternatively, if you have a group or a class needing training together at a different time, we can accommodate that request.

Once you have completed the workshop, you will be on the approved users list, and may borrow a Garmin VIRB 360 camera kit from the Hillman Library Equipment Room for 3 days at a time. Other cameras are lent on a per-request basis. Special accommodations can be made for class project needs, etc.

Examples of teaching with 360° video technology:

Course: Greek Archaeology, Pitt in Sicily
Professor: Dr. Jacques Bromberg
Open Lab tech: 360º video

While studying abroad in Sicily, students visit, experience, and research archaeological sites. Open Lab helps them move beyond a simple research paper, creating a 360° video to invite their audience immersively into their experience. While producing an engaging educational resource to share, the students learn to think spatially and develop production skills in a cutting-edge medium.

To read more about this project, visit the Pittwire article “Teaching Center Helps Students in Sicily Create 360-degree Tours of Archaeological Sites.”

  • If you would like help designing a project involving 360° video, or incorporating 360° video into your teaching, schedule a consultation with Open Lab staff

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