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How to make 360° ( VR ) Videos and Photos

How to make 360° ( VR ) Videos and Photos

360 Video and Photo are the latest trend in social media. Here is how you get started creating your own. I HAVE BEEN CREATING 360° PHOTOGRAPHS for years using an app called ‘360 Panorama’. I would upload the photospheres to their server and create tiny planets for my Instagram feed. But everything has changed. 360° Video is now mainstream on Facebook and Youtube and 360° Photos can be contributed to Google Street View. Facebook and Google are highly invested in creating the platform and the technology for VR / 360° media… and they are just getting started. You’ve probably seen 360° videos turning up in your Facebook feed already – they’re rad! These videos are different from regular videos in one very important way – you choose where to look in a 360° environment. The video allows viewers to look up, down and all around. The same is true for 360° Videos on Youtube.  I’ve been creating 360° Videos for a few months now and I thought it was time to explain how you can get started creating interactive, VR headset ready, 360° video and photos now. RICOH THETA S Unless you want to spend $4,000 on a 6 GoPro 360° Video rig (and if you want to create 360° professionally then you should consider it) the best option at this time is to get started with the Ricoh Theta S camera. The Theta S is tiny (about the size of a candy bar), easy to use (with a free app for capturing media and several editing apps as well) and affordable – they are about $350 on Amazon. The Ricoh...
Flowmentum – Riding the wave of Flow

Flowmentum – Riding the wave of Flow

YOU ARE IN THE ZONE. Totally immersed, singularly focused, feeling awesome and firing on all cylinders. The minutes and hours fall off the clock. You are in a state of flow. According to Italian born professor of psychology Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who coined the term, people are happiest when they are in a state of flow ~ a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand. Csíkszentmihályi identifies the following six factors as encompassing an experience of flow. Intense and focused concentration on the present moment Merging of action and awareness A loss of reflective self-consciousness A sense of personal control or agency over the situation or activity A distortion of temporal experience, one’s subjective experience of time is altered Experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding I experience flow most when I am riding my mountain bike down a steep and winding path and when I am editing a video that I am really jamming with. On my bike flow comes almost instinctually; I need all of my focus, there is no room for a wandering of distracted mind and I intensely love the act of riding. The focus and the joy combine to create a peak state of flow. Editing video is a bit different – my body is not careening down a hill with the wind in my hair  – but my creative powers and imagination ARE. When I’m creating a video that I’m really connecting to I can sit at my computer for a 6 hour stretch and feel fantastic, in fact the feeling of time melts aways and becomes something that I return to reluctantly. Crafting a video experience, like editing GoPro travel...