I broke out the 360 camera yesterday. It’s been a long time since I’ve used it in any meaningful way, and I had honestly forgotten how to do pretty much anything with it. So I did a test today that let me kinda run through the settings, although I settled on some bare bones footage… but I’m getting the hang of it, plus I was able to test and see that my magnet mount stays stuck to the car up to about 50mph. So my idea of touring Lancaster at normal in-town speeds shouldn’t be a problem, except for the people staring at me – with the little camera sticking up about a foot from my roof.

I did three videos that are plain 360 video that you control through your phone or mouse, looking around wherever you want, and then I took one of those videos and reminded myself how to do pivot points for a non-controllable video. (You may have to change it to HD manually on your phone or tablet, by clicking the little dots on the video… because of course they can’t make it simple.)

Unfortunately I haven’t figured out how to make the view face the right direction when the video starts, and I didn’t “plant it” to the car, so it feels weird. I’ll just make sure I’ve got it turned 180 degrees from how I had it today, as well as figuring out how to make it act as if it’s a person riding on top of the car – rather than a floating camera. (It’s hard to explain, but you’ll notice how it feels “wrong” in these tests.)

In the first video, where I continue driving really slowly up the road… it’s because I saw some sort of critter out in front of me, running off into the field to the right. I’m actually typing this out before I process the videos, so I’m not sure if you’ll be able to see it… looked like a fox or coyote or really skinny dog. It was making good time though, so it seemed okay.

Here’s the fixed-view version of downtown. (Swapped in music, wind noise made the original audio garbage.)

Insta360 One Tests

These videos were created with the original Insta360 One, which is their entry level 360 degree camera. They’ve since come out with the One X, although I haven’t bothered learning what more it can do – since I’ve barely used this guy, and it obviously produces some awesome results as is. But I’ll post both of the “you control it” videos, so you can click and drag with your mouse (if on a PC or laptop) or you can change the view with your finger (or possibly by just moving your phone around like a “viewfinder”) if you’re on a phone. Best way is to open the video in YouTube and turn your phone sideways, giving you a full screen, fully controllable view.

(Of course change the resolution sittings to as high as your device will allow for the best results.)

Rising Park – Lancaster OH – 360 Degree VR Video:

(Click here to watch this same video with pre-guided camera movements)

Fairfield County Fairgrounds – Lancaster OH – 360 Degree VR Video:

(Click here to watch this same video with pre-guided camera movements)

Like I said, all I did for these couple of test videos with plunk the camera down on the top of my car with a magnet-base selfie stick and then click record. The “guided” vidoes… those had to be played around with inside the app, giving the video manually added “focus points” where the view would change based on what areas I told it to “look at” during the recording. That’s the thing with this camera, pretty much all of the “neat stuff” is applied after the original recording is done – so you could make several different versions, all functioning or appearing in their own unique way, but based on the one original recording session. Full control videos and 16:9 “focus point” videos are just the tip of the iceberg. Some day I’ll get around to pushing the limits with all the different modes and effects, even if just as another quick test like these.