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Is 180° video worse than 360° video
The answer is not that simple. 

180° vs 360° video

The development of 360° videos

In the past, most 360° films were shot with conventional cameras arranged in a circle, so that all the camera images taken together resulted in a 360° spherical shot. However, the relatively new technology of 360° video cameras has led to a paradigm shift in filmmaking. In contrast to classic film, a 360° video offers a view from every angle. These videos allow the viewer to change the camera's viewing direction during the movie.

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Understanding 360° videos

360-degree videos, also known as spherical videos, record a scene from a specific camera position from all angles simultaneously. 360-degree videos give the viewer the feeling of being right in the middle of the action. The term "virtual reality" (VR) is often used as a synonym for "360-degree videos", although the two terms refer to very different experiences.

What is a 360° video, also known as a VR video?

Videos labeled as such are recorded with special 360° cameras that enable simultaneous recording in all directions. The end product allows the viewer to move their gaze freely throughout the video. In many cases, the viewer has the feeling of being "there". 360-degree videos can be viewed without special hardware, for example on YouTube via PC or cell phone.

360° video: A more intense experience

The 360° video offers a more memorable and intense experience. Such videos offer the best experience when they are played through a VR headset. A VR headset capable of playing 360° videos in good quality starts at around €350. Glasses from the manufacturers Pico and Skyworth are the most affordable solutions for 360° VR glasses. Which VR glasses are available for 360° video. Find out more...

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What is a 180°-degree video?

The newer 180° VR video format offers a higher quality solution, but only covers 180° of the field of view instead of 360°. As the average person has a field of view of around 140 degrees, the VR180 image corresponds to what a person would see, plus some space on either side when the viewer turns their head.

Why choose 180 degrees instead of 360 degrees?

Compared to 360-degree video production, the process of creating 180-degree VR content is leaner and results in higher quality footage. A blurred 360-degree shot usually gives viewers the impression that they are perceiving what is happening through a blur. When using a 180-degree lens, a professional photo camera, such as a Canon EOS R5 camera, can be converted into a 180-degree camera using a lens.

Can you watch 180-degree videos with VR glasses?

180-degree videos can be easily uploaded to YouTube in the same way as 360-degree videos and can also be played in the same way by any VR headset.

Advantages of 180-degree videos

One advantage of 180-degree videos is that they are cheaper to produce than 360-degree videos, as less expensive equipment and special 360° cameras are required. The production of a 180-degree video is less time-consuming than that of a 360-degree video, as less raw material is required and ultimately fewer camera angles need to be combined. This enables dynamic camera shots without a great deal of effort.

When is 180-degree video the better choice?

  • Simplicity of production - ideal for smaller budgets.
  • Control the direction of the audience's gaze.
  • Suitable for dynamic tracking shots or moving camera movements (e.g. a tour of a building).
  • Faster completion of production.
  • When image quality is more important than a 360-degree panoramic view.
  • When an event for VR glasses is to be recorded from the audience's perspective.

When is 360-degree video the better choice?

  • Depiction of epic panoramas.
  • Choice for larger production budgets.
  • Suitable for projects with longer production times.

In the extended reality design industry, the choice between 360° and 180° video depends heavily on the project, budget, technical requirements and storytelling objectives. Both formats have their specific strengths and challenges, and the decision should be based on a careful consideration of these factors.

Decision between virtual reality real-time 3D and 360-degree video

The question often arises as to whether you want to use interactive real-time material (video game technology) or pre-produced 360/ 180° video material for an immersive presentation.

Advantages of virtual reality real-time 3D

  • Staging of interactive processes with a high level of user interaction.
  • Suitable if the production budget is over €10,000 and the audience can handle game-like graphics.
  • Ideal for utilizing the full spectrum of interactivity in a walk-in virtual world.

Advantages of pre-produced 360-degree video

  • Easier to implement if the story is based on human characters.
  • Suitable for immersive representation of real places or people.
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