360º Video soft launch – start uploading your videos now

At the recent IVRPA conference in Quebec, we announced that we will soon begin accepting 360º video. Our goal is to create a high quality, curated collection of 360º videos that will be of interest to both our licensing customers and to those of our distribution partner, Getty Images.

Now you can upload your best 360º videos to 360Cities

We have now launched 360 video pages (https://video.360cities.net/video_page.html?handle=angel-of-peace) that are similar to our panorama pages. We started by asking a few contributors to share some videos with us in order to create a small 360 Video Gallery.

Today we’re announcing the soft launch of 360º video to all 360Cities contributors
Please note that we are still working on our video converter and testing performance over a variety of devices, video formats, and video sizes, so we ask your understanding and patience if you experience any hiccups.

We will eventually promote this new collection to our website visitors and licensing customers, so any videos uploaded will be available for licensing by default. And of course, if we license any videos of yours, it will mean royalty payments for you.As this is a soft launch, and we are still working on the backend, we ask that you opt in by emailing Elena at info@360cities.net with subject line: “360ºVideo – Opt In”.

1. Once you are opted in
Once you opted in, you’ll see a new “Upload Video” link in the top menu of your account dashboard.

Upload-Video-Dashboard

2. Content guidelines and recommendations

You can upload videos of your choice, but we recommend the following types:

Places, Spaces, Landmarks, Places of Interest, Landscapes (Rural and Urban), The Unseen and The Inaccessible.Specific examples include:

Woodland, forests, deserts, beaches, fields, beautiful landscapes, snowy locations, ocean environments, urban street scenes, underwater, mountain views, bustling cities at night, lakes, rivers, iconic views, weather based content (raining/snowing/high winds), travel (planes/trains/automobiles), coral reefs, volcanic environments, landscape gardens, moorland, sports pitches (football/rugby/tennis/basketball/American football), sand dunes….

Create static videos of things around you in motion. Static videos are easier to create and less likely to cause motion sickness in VR.
Limit or avoid creator attribution (your name and logo) inside of your videos to increase their attractiveness in VR and their chances of being licensed.

3. Technical specifications

  • Format: .mp4, .m4v or .mov
  • Duration: 10 – 60 seconds
  • Aspect ratio: 2:1
  • Resolution: minimum resolution of 2048×1024
  • Audio: not required
  • Maximum size: 4GB

4. How to upload

  • We recommend that you use Google Chrome, because it shows accurate upload progress information.
  • Sign in to your account, go to the Dashboard and click the “Upload Video” link in the top menu.
  • Choose a thumbnail image and upload it. (The thumbnail image should be the same resolution as your video file.)
  • Add a title, description and tags, following the instructions given.
  • Click Save. Your 360º video will now be processed.
5. Report issues
Please report issues and suggestions for improvement to https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/360cities under the category: “360º Video issues and questions”.
We look forward to building an awesome collection of 360º videos with you!

Regards,

The 360Cities Team

6 thoughts on “360º Video soft launch – start uploading your videos now

    1. Hello Jann,

      We asked to all users to send us an email if you want to upload videos: “As this is a soft launch, and we are still working on the backend, we ask that you opt in by emailing Elena at info@360cities.net with subject line: “360ºVideo – Opt In”.”

      Let me know if you would like to upload videos and we’ll activate this feature for your account.

      Best regards,
      Elena

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