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
- 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:
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