A 360-degree video virtual tour enables you explore and learn about the world, without taking a step outside. One moment, you could be standing in old Pompeii, the next transported to the Vatican, the palace at Versailles or San Francisco.
Travel is wonderful for broadening the mind, but now you can do it without all the hassle and expense. And where 2D photos show you a snapshot of a distant location, a 360 video virtual tour can put you right in the middle of it, perhaps even providing narration, facts and figures, making it a far richer learning experience.
Here are some incredible and memorable trips you don’t want to miss…
Tour Japan’s Ancient History And Modern Marvels
This whistle-stop, five-minute tour of Japan takes in some of the nations most famous locations, from serene forests to the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo; from a tranquil zen garden to a J-pop concert.
You can watch a katana blade being made, visit a voluminous sumo-wrestling hall and gaze upon the world’s largest bronze Buddha. Beautifully shot, if anything this 360-degree video is way too brief, but it gives a wonderful flavor of the sights and sounds of this enigmatic Far Eastern land.
Take a Gondola Ride In Venice
Anyone that’s been to Venice will know that the best way to see this ancient city is by gondola, gliding along its labyrinth of canals. This short film shows you some of the sights and gives you a fascinating glimpse at this ancient city, built on top of ten million submerged oak stakes. This amazing video reveals the incredible detail and texturing on the buildings and some of its 400 bridges. It’s just a shame that it doesn’t feature some narration or other information to enrich the experience.
Discover Machu Picchu
The legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century, and is situated along a mountain ridge almost two-and-a-half kilometers above sea level. To reach the site you need to travel through Peru to Aguas Calientes, where it’s recommended you stay over to get acclimatized to the high altitude. From here it’s a demanding hike across country and up to Machu Picchu itself. Alternatively, this guided 360 video tour will explain more about the ruins, and show off the stunning views across the tropical valley below.
The Great Wall of China
Here’s another all-too-short video that shows off this amazing landmark better than any 2D video ever could. In fact, with footage shot by drone, it’s arguably better than actually being there, as it reveals the true magnitude and splendor of China’s Great Wall – a series of fortifications built between the 7th century BC and the 14th century, more than 13,000 miles in length, stretching across the hills to the horizon.
BBC Click 360: The world’s first entirely 360 TV episode
If you haven’t been sold on the benefits of 360 video yet, perhaps this BBC TV show – presented entirely ‘in the round’, as theater types might say – shows some of its incredible potential. The show takes you to a glacier in the Swiss Alps, on a tour of the Large Hadron Collider, and behind the scenes of a magic trick. There’s also a discussion about how they shot the show in its wraparound format, and the challenges of shooting and editing 360-degree video, in case you want to try it yourself (and who doesn’t?).
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