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Virtual Reality and 360 Degree Video

360 degree videos are also known as spherical videos, or omnidirectional videos. They are created by recording videos or creating virtual environments in which every angle of the scene is visible. Colloquially, it is not uncommon to hear them referred to as VR videos. However, the key difference is that in a VR experience, you are an active participant who can shape the virtual experience. In 360 degree video, you are a spectator. 

Below you'll find a brief introduction to 360 degree video, including its predecessors, history, and applications. Scroll down for examples of 360 degree video footage in different formats. 

Videos referenced in the above lecture:

Additional Examples:

tiny planet photo example

Example of a 'tiny planet" photo taken with a 360 degree camera. Source: 360 Rumors