Coolest Way to Vlog — Everything You Need to Know About 360 Vlogging
We see lots of 360 vlogs popping up nowadays. As more people are trying out this relatively new medium, VeeR has interviewed experienced 360 vloggers, asking for their tips and advice for all those who are interested. Here we have compiled a list of top 5 tips for 360 vlog-making!
Tip No.1 Resonate with Your Audience
At the end of the day, 360 or not, a good vlog needs to resonate with audience in some meaningful way. It could be simple things like traveling around, experimenting a new thing, or a just taking a stroll in your neighborhood. But regardless of what you are doing, you always need to have a very clear idea on what story you want to tell from the beginning. Ryan of YummyVR adds, “Vlog-Making is about capturing a slice of life so it is important for people to act natural themselves.”
Tip No.2 Keep Your Camera Steady
Yes, this might sound very basic, but shaky hands affect 360 videos more than regular vlogs. Gabor Nagy found a solution to this. “I pull out the center column and even the legs to find the balance point with the camera. Then I can walk around with very nice camera moves. I don’t have to keep the camera in the same position, so I can even move it up and down smoothly, depending on the location or the things I want to focus in the video.” With a long stand or tripod in your hand, you can get out of the focus of interest as a cameraman. Otherwise, just invest in a gimbal!
Tip No.3 Camera Position and Timing
Get creative! Don’t just leave your camera in one position. I know it’s 360. But viewers like movements, so try to show your movie from different angles, heights, distances. Additionally, you want to give viewers enough time to explore/look around in each scene. Gabor went ahead and tested different lengths, he came to the conclusion that 7 seconds for a clip is just enough for viewers to look around.
Tip No.4. Use VeeR Editor To Correct/Change Default Orientations for Clips
ORIENTATION! Can’t stress it enough. Shoot and transition into the event of interest. There is a default orientation for each clip you’ve shot. If you messed up, please spend 10 seconds to correct it using an editing APP. VeeR Editor does the job fine. Assume your viewers are lazy couch-potatoes, because if you don’t, you are not gonna make good vlogs, as simple as that.
Tip No.5 Use Text, Stickers, Music to Get Expressive
You have an awesome story to tell? Good! You got the camera placement right? Wonderful! Now make it more clear and enjoyable to watch by adding texts, stickers and music. Almost all 360 vloggers we interviewed mentioned that having music, text, filters, animated stickers can make a good v-log into a powerful one! And, VeeR Editor has updated a new amazing feature VeeR slideshow: to turn 360 photos into VR video, your panoramic photos now can become wonderful 360-degree videos!
Huge thanks to Josep Munoz, 360 CAM LAND, Chris Saint, Frank Shi, Jordan Simons, Hugh Hou, Sophie Pecora, Kevin Kunze, Zen CaptureAll, Szidor N. Gábor, Lisa Stel, Brandon Maijala for giving out tips to help us create this article.