Shooting good quality 360 video that doesn't make your viewers sick is imperative if you want to effectively deliver your message. Below are some tips and tricks that we employ here at Pixvana to get the highest fidelity and most immersive VR video.
Camera Settings and Equipment
- The higher the resolution a camera can shoot the better. If there’s an option to shoot at 8k or 4k, always shoot at 8k.
- Shoot at either 30 frames per second (fps) or 60 fps for smooth motion.
- Place the camera on a monopod rather than a tripod. There will be fewer tripod legs protruding at bottom of the scene.
- Keep the monopod at the same height throughout a shot, and throughout multiple scenes. Any change in height is disorienting to viewer.
- Shoot in adequate lighting. Many 360 cameras produce poor image quality in low-light situations. This can also make it hard to stitch properly later.
- Avoid direct sunlight if you can. Lens flares can be distracting and obscure the view of the space.
- The closest a subject should be to the camera is an arms length away. Any closer will put the subject in the personal space of the viewer and will make them feel uncomfortable.
- Align subjects with a single lens if shooting for mono output. Mono means that the video is flat without depth information.
- Align between lenses if shooting for stereo output. Stereo means that the video creates a 3D-depth effect.
- Before beginning to record, always double check the camera body is level to the horizon.
- Keep the camera stationary.
- If you NEED to move the camera then use professional dolly or crane system and move at a speed half that of a normal walking pace.
- Use wireless lavalier microphone systems to record audio coming from subjects in the scene.
- Use an ambisonic audio recorder placed on top of the camera or on the monopod stem to record spatial audio. Spatial audio will make the video feel ten times more immersive.