Capture Guide

PanoMoments can be created using multiple techniques. We want to encourage everyone to try whichever works best for them, but the first concept to understand is that PanoMoments are not video. Instead of a linear timeline, you're working with a circular timeline. This fundamental difference (and constraint) allows you to easily direct both the subject and the viewer’s attention. One of your goals as a photographer should be to make sure there are interesting elements throughout the rotation, whether that’s movement, interesting visual details, etc.

Take a look through the quick overview below, and then checkout the more detailed workflow guides and hardware recommendations on our GitHub repo - Note we'll be releasing an open format specification sometime in 2018.

Convert from 360 Video

  1. Capture 360 Video from a static location (ie. the camera shouldn't be moving)
  2. Trim the equirectangular video to 5-10 seconds (must be <= 300 frames total) using a tool like VidCutter (enable "SmartCut" in settings) - Note we'll soon be releasing trim support directly in the Uploader.
  3. Upload and then configure the rotation alignment.

Capture with a Rotating Camera

  1. Capture between 180-300 frames equally spaced around 360° with a still / video camera and fisheye lens mounted 60-80mm in front of the the No Parallax Point (to emulate human head rotation) using a robotic panorama head to automate the rotation / capture process.
  2. Convert Fisheye photos to Equirectangular with a 4-click batch process using a lens specific template for software like Hugin or PTGui. No stitching is required.
  3. Encode the set of equirectangular images to a video using FFMpeg
  4. Upload and then configure the rotation alignment.
Rotating Camera

Animations - Coming Soon

Learn More

Make sure to check out the more detailed workflow guides and hardware recommendations on our GitHub repo and also read through the FAQ. If you have further questions, feel free to send us an email or post on our forums.