Building a 360-degree toolkit
Journalists are routinely using virtual reality and 360 video to put viewers in places they wouldn’t otherwise be. But for smaller newsrooms with modest budgets, 360-degree video can seem out of reach.
Shaheryar Popalzai, a Knight International Journalism Fellow, says building a 360 video toolkit is easier and cheaper than you might think. He offers affordable recommendations for assembling a basic 360 toolkit.
Reporting by Ashton Day
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The gear mentioned in this story:
- 360 video rigs for GoPro cameras (one of the more expensive options)
- Ricoh Theta S camera ($350)
- LG 360 camera ($200)
- Kodak SP360 4K camera ($500)
- Zoom H2n audio recorder ($160)
- Zoom H6 audio recorder ($350)
- Selfie sticks ($10-$20, on average)
- Giroptic monopod ($40)
Shaheryar Popalzai wrote a piece for the International Center for Journalists about how Pakistan’s Express Tribune produced its first 360-degree video. Popalzai also made an infographic guide to making your first 360 project.
Ben Kreimer, a BuzzFeed Open Lab fellow, wrote about assembling a 360 kit, specifically using GoPro cameras and a drone. Kreimer was also featured in a previous Futures Lab update about how he captures 360-degree drone video for BuzzFeed.
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