Have you watched a 360 video? The interactive format, which gives you the ability to capture a 360-degree video view of your surroundings (or two 360-degree views for a stunning 360-degree perspective), has opened up a new world of virtual travel, excitement and immersive entertainment.
Whether it’s standing in the middle of Piazza San Marco in Venice or base jumping off a Norwegian fjord, you can experience it from the comfort of your own home. Better still, why not take your own videography to a higher, more immersive level by shooting your own 360 video footage?
All you need is a good 360 video camera.
Here’s a glimpse of what’s possible… View the videos below using a VR headset for the ultimate immersive experience.
Dubai. Here You Are
At just one minute, 30 seconds this 4K promo film for Dubai tales you on a whistle-stop tour of the city, from the airport at 6am, to a moonlit vista of the metropolis late at night. Along the way you travel the metro, stand atop the Burj Al Arab hotel, visit the Amara spa and wingsuit past the towering Burj Khalifa. It’s a sensory overload, but beautifully captures the wealth of things you can do when you visit.
Take a Tropical Break and Explore the Hawaiian Islands
This four-minute sightseeing trip of the Hawaiian Islands whisks you away quad biking along a sandy beach, on a boat trip across the open sea, shopping at roadside stores, and to the top of the volcano Haleakalā. Filmed in 4K, this amazing VR video lets you experience Hawaii on much more personal level than a normal travelogue. You’ll feel like you’ve really been there.
Mega Coaster: Get Ready for the Drop
In Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, you’ll find the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park. It’s home to no fewer than 19 different rollercoasters. But the one featured in this video is The Riddler’s Revenge, a ‘stand up’ thrill ride featuring four gut-wrenching loops and two corkscrews. Your view from the front car delivers an exhilarating view of the track ahead, one that also lets you pan around – so you can even view the screaming passengers behind you!
Red Bull F1 VR
Very few people are lucky enough to drive a Formula One car, but this pristine 4K footage, shot at the TT Circuit Assen in The Netherlands, brings the experience home to everyone. With the camera mounted on the car’s air intake, you’re treated to a spectacular view as racing driver Sébastien Buemi puts the Red Bull RB8 through it paces. Just be sure to turn the volume right up to appreciate the scream of that Renault 2.4-litre V8 engine!
This video, filmed from the ‘slot’ position in the Blue Angels diamond formation, demonstrates the expertise of the US Navy pilots as they fly in incredible proximity to one another. The beautiful, largely seamless 4K 360 footage shows the F/A-18 Hornet jets in amazing detail. The cockpit viewpoint puts you right at the centre of the action, and the ability to look out over each wing, back at the co-pilot, and up at the undersides of the jets above you, really reinforces that feeling of ‘being there’.
Narrated by Ronald Mambrasar, a native fisherman from the north of Papua New Guinea, this 360 VR film explains how the Bird’s Head Seascape – an area the size of Great Britain – came close to ruin due to unregulated fishing. A decade later, the locals’ understanding and acceptance of conservation has seen the area thrive once again. By placing you under the sea, among the coral and manta rays, his message of hope is so much more intimate and impactful.
Don’t just record a video, capture an experience. Start taking your own amazing 360 videos today with a VIA VPai 360 camera!