Virtual reality is the talk of the town right now. Innovation is pushing the industry forward and getting involved with VR couldn’t be easier. One of the coolest ways to get involved is by starting to create your own VR videos and enjoying them with your VR set. You could be doing your own VR videos with the help of Samsung’s 360 camera and here is how to do it.
Get yourself the right gear to start filming
You need the Samsung camera called The Gear 360 in order to start filming. The latest model was published this year and it is incredibly easy to use. You can easily hold the camera in your hand and you don’t necessarily even need a tripod to shoot, although you can if you want. The video also shoots in 4k.
It is possible to shoot panorama with a single lens or you can opt to create 360 degrees with the two lenses. Now, the camera also has a slot for a micro-SD card and it’s definitely recommended to get one.
You can find The Gear 360 online from a variety of tech retailers and from Samsung’s own store. You should check for discounts, as you don’t want to end up spending more than you need to. For example, you should consider checking out these Currys discount codes here. They can help you save a lot of money when buying the camera.
You will also find plenty of deals that include a new Samsung smartphone and The Gear 360. If you are thinking of updating your phone, then these might be a smart idea.
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How to shoot VR video with Samsung’s Gear 360
Now, when holding the camera, you will find three buttons on the camera. One of them is just for turning the camera on and off, as well as take you to the home menu system. There is also a button that says ‘Bluetooth’. This button will help you pair the camera with a Bluetooth device and you can also use it for connecting to the Wi-Fi system.
The third button is the most important in terms of shooting a video. By pressing it, you’ll start and end recording. It will also act as the accept button when using the menu.
Now, you have a small LED screen in the handle part of the camera for seeing the current settings and changing them. You can also do this by connecting the camera with your phone – the Gear 360 smartphone app is available for Android and iOS phones.
Use the camera’s menu to select that it is recording video and if you want, you can opt to record in HDR. This is great for photography – and especially, landscape photos – but it doesn’t have much difference when shooting video.
When you’ve selected your chosen settings, you can press the ‘record’ button and start filming. If you don’t want to be near the camera when shooting, you can control all the above function on the smartphone as well.
Editing your VR videos
Once you are done shooting, you can use the smartphone app to edit your VR videos. The app has all the photos and videos and by tapping on ‘trim’, you can start editing the video. It is possible to easily change the start and end times of the phone and you can remove parts of the video from the middle.
The videos can be instantly shared on Facebook and YouTube through the app. This is a great way to allow other people to enjoy your VR videos.
Watching the VR videos
Now, you’ll also want to watch your VR videos. In order to do this, you will need a VR headset. Since Samsung works in collaboration with Oculus, you will need to use a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone with the Oculus app installed and ready to go. You will be required to create an account with Oculus and your phone also needs the Samsung VR app.
How, when you’ve added your headset one, you can find a selection of VR videos from a variety of sources. You will find your VR videos in the Samsung VR Videos section of the app. If you’ve never used the Samsung Gear VR before, you will quickly learn that everything is controlled by where you look. So, playback and the selection of items can happen by just looking at the buttons and tapping the headset or the special remote control.
Shooting VR videos with Samsung Gear 360 camera is easy and it’s a lot of fun. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get started or read thousand-page manuals to get going. So, pick up the tips from above and start creating fun and beautiful videos right now.