insta360 camera

A 360 Virtual Reality about 360/VR Video in Times Square

I’m a firm believer that Virtual Reality is a BIG part of our future and because of that 360 video is a big part of our future. It's unique and comes with a new set of challenges that we have never had to think about in the past. In this episode of the vlog I share 4 tips when capturing 360 video content. I also shoot this video in 360 using the Insta360 camera connected to an iPhone X.

My 360 Camera Rig

In January I got my first 360 camera and many have asked me about my camera rig as they’ve seen some of my 360 videos on Facebook. It’s actually quite simple and consists of 3 things:

  1. Insta360 Camera
  2. iPhone 6
  3. Right Arm (literally my right arm)

Take a look at this 360 video I shot with my “rig" from the Shoreline Church worship service on Sunday:

You can see that the video quality isn’t tremendous and the audio has room for improvement, but you are still able to capture a unique experience from the worship service at Shoreline Church. Naturally, you can get fancy with a GoPro Rig, microphones, monopods, drones, etc, but jumping into 360 video doesn’t require that level of investment.

With the Insta360 camera you can see what you are capturing on your iPhone at the same time or you can also use the camera independent from the phone. The camera has a MicroSD slot where the footage is stored and when connecting the camera to the phone I am easily able to upload to YouTube, Facebook or wherever I want to push the content. The Insta360 app makes it very easy to make simple cuts in your videos before sharing out.

After playing with this camera for almost 3 months now I really can’t recommend it enough. It’s affordable being right at $200, it’s portable easily fitting in my pocket, and it’s easy to use simply connecting to my phone requiring no upload to my computer or post editing.

The one downside that I have found with the camera is that it does heat up fairly quickly when connected to the iPhone. So, if you’re using it for more than 15 minutes or so it might not be a good fit. I think the optimal time for a 360 video at this point in time is 1-3 minutes, so I don’t anticipate doing longer videos using the Insta360. I do see a place for longer form 360 video experiences, especially around live events like church services, sporting events, etc.

All this to say, if you’re looking for a 360 video rig, I highly recommend the Insta360 camera partnered with your mobile device and right arm.