This worked.. can't believe it worked.
My first 360˚ video(non cg mostly).. shot with a mobile phone.
Its rough and simplistic.. but proof of concept.
Heres how you do it.
Shoot a photoshphere of the space you want a 360˚ video of. this will be a still photograph.. but we'll use it.
NOTE: not all phones can shoot a photosphere.. I used a 2yr old Nexus 5
If you have a non nexus android phone, you can install the camera from the play store and see if the Photosphere option is available.
The whole space is lit by UV light. I was looking for a way to document it that would give the viewer a sense of immersion that the space had.. regular photographs were just not cutting it. The space was created at Walkin Studios in Bangalore.. do visit, if your in town.
Shoot some short video clips without moving the camera.
So basically footage of various moving elements in that space..
note: these are elements that move.. yet stay in the same spot..
ie: rotating objects, flapping pages, curtains, computer screens.. person sitting/standing in the same general area and talking..
try and get at least 4- clips.
here are the 2 clips i actually shot and posted on instagram.. and then later realised i could use here..
After downloading the photosphere and the clips to your computer.. heres what you do. I used Adobe After Effects, but you could do this with any video editor/compositor that lets you align and compose clips this way..
Basically I used the photosphere as a base layer.. and overlayed the video clips over it.. aligned to their corresponding spots on the photograph.. some feathering to remove the sharp video edge.. and voila. Export a mp4
Step4:Go to this page and follow the instructions by Google, or read on below.
send me links to what you did on twitter @chaitanyak or in the comments below.