If you are on Facebook, you are probably familiar with 360° video, but imagine being immersed in that experience. 360 Domes are a new, immersive visual experience. Unlike virtual reality (VR) goggles, which are made for individual use, 360 Domes can be enjoyed by family or a group of friends together at the same time. While travelling is inaccessible to many, for several reasons like cost and health risks, including Covid-19, 360 Domes can transport you to anywhere in the world. Enjoy a tropical beach escape or a deep sea-dive. You can even be transported to outer space to explore our vast solar system. While there have been huge digital advancements and investments for VR and AR (augmented reality) technology, there is still a lot of unknown territory to discover. But here is everything you need to know about 360 Domes.
The Possibilities of VR and AR
360 domes offer virtual reality experiences without having to share bulky and expensive hardware, and it offers an endless list of possibilities. 360 domes can be used for entertainment – during a time when travel and social gathering is hindered, VR and AR offer groups of friends and families the opportunity to spend time together in a new and exciting space without having to go very far. But 360 domes offer so much more than personal entertainment. They can be used to create cool and interactive installations at festivals and events, or theatre and set designs. They can be used for self-care and health-related purposes. Imagine meditating while being surrounded by the sound of lapping waves on a white-powder sand beach. 360 domes can also be used for employee training, advertising, branding, virtual site visits, educational purposes, and developmental purposes, like city planning or bringing design concepts to life. They also provide options for alternative education for institutions like museums and universities.
The Creation Process
Whatever the purpose behind video content for 360 domes, the intention is to provide deeper engagement for audiences – whomever they may be. In order to provide the most immersive experience, the creation process needs to be strategic and thoughtful. The minimum quality for video content for 360 domes is 4K, although working in 8k takes it to the next level. The range of camera options and tools available on the market is increasing, allowing creators and producers to work to create even better-quality content. The quality of video for 360 domes will depend on the sensor and quality of the camera lenses, as well as the rigging of equipment, the lighting, and the sound quality.
In order for 360 domes to capture and impact audiences, the footage needs to be properly displayed. There are challenges to getting this right – a key is the “blocking” of the shot. What this term refers to is the way the objects are positioned within a scene. The perspective of the footage needs to be projected correctly or else it can pull users out of the experience. Other challenges include matching the distance of objects in real life to the distances of the screen and displaying motion in an authentic way. Visit our website for more details.