WE HAVE COMPLETED six hours of field work with two types of 360 cameras in the digital media module I teach at the Limerick Institute of Technology. I feel qualified to offer tips to other educators about using both the Giroptic 360 Camera and the Ricoh Theta S. The best advice comes from the students themselves.
In all cases, we need to plan the shots beforehand. I break down the tasks and designate roles such as key grip, camera operator, and documentary photographer. And the rest of the students are extras who speak or act in the 30 second segments.
We prefer to operate the cameras via apps that connect to the hardware via WiFi. The best operating system for controlling the 360 cameras is iOS in our experience. It appears iOS offers better WiFi connectivity to the cameras.
We snap still images that students often share on Facebook and we record short 360 video clips that we will edit in Premiere Pro. All imagery is saved on an iPad Mini 4 and then transferred via the OneDrive app to shared space for students to copy and repurpose. We display the 360 images online through Flickr and Google Maps. In the future, I expect we will use another embeddable viewer to serve the content onto student blog pages.
Battery power is our biggest constraint. We need to carry a rechargeable battery pack to ensure continuous operation of the cameras. I think I will fabricate a portable power rig so we don't run out of power while in the field.
My sports management students have used both the Giroptic and Ricoh cameras during six hours of field work in 2016. I reckon we will triple that hands-on time during the next semester as we explore more ways to bring 360 perspectives into the making of effective digital media.
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business in the Limerick Institute of Technology. David Magner snapped the shot accompanying this post while using the Giroptic 360 Camera on the LIT grass pitch. This post was sent Mail2blog using Three Ireland 3G Typepad services.]