Advertising has traditionally been regarded as an interruption of the actual experience that people are trying to have — be it watching a TV show, reading a newspaper or magazine or browsing a website. But we're now seeing the emergence of a new kind of advertising, one that's in itself so entertaining and engaging that it has the potential to become an experience in its own right.
Commercials for the Super Bowl are famous for being can't-miss "events." With interactive mobile ads, all advertising can aspire to that same level of anticipation and engagement. Even in these early days of appvertising, some rules of thumb are already starting to surface. Here are a few tips to consider as you think about your strategy for the medium.
Specialized omnidirectional cameras and rigs have been developed for the purpose of filming 360-degree video, including rigs such as GoPro's Omni and Odyssey (which consist of multiple action cameras installed within a frame), and contained cameras like the HumanEyes Vuze and Nokia OZO, There have also been handheld dual-lens cameras such as the Ricoh Theta S, Samsung Gear 360, Garmin VIRB 360, and the Kogeto Dot 360—a panoramic camera lens accessory developed for the iPhone 4, 4S, and Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
360-degree video is typically recorded using either a special rig of multiple cameras, or using a dedicated camera that contains multiple camera lenses embedded into the device, and filming overlapping angles simultaneously. Through a method known as video stitching, this separate footage is merged into one spherical video piece, and the color and contrast of each shot is calibrated to be consistent with the others. This process is done either by the camera itself, or using specialized software such as Mistika VR or Kolor AVP that can analyze common visuals and audio to synchronize and link the different camera feeds together. Generally, the only area that cannot be viewed is the view toward the camera support.
Video editing software like Pinnacle Studio Ultimate make it easy to edit your 360 videos in an editing environment you may already be familiar with. Your camera does the work to capture the footage from every possible angle, but in a video editing software, you can refine your footage to tell the story you want to show. Add your footage to the timeline and edit! There are a few additional controls specific for 360 editing but if you are just looking to trim or enhance color, the timeline is all you need!
Viewed by many as the the location based application with the most potential, Foursquare has over 55 million monthly active users worldwide and received 12 billion check ins in its first 9 years. Foursquare encourages users to check-in at locations in return for virtual badges and points. It works across various mobile devices, and businesses can offer their own rewards to customers that check into their location.