Edit: Please note that the aspect ratio is 16:9, while you might need 2:1!
YouTube is fine with other aspect ratios, but it looks like other services (including Facebook 360 videos and images) require a width twice as long as the height. It's easy to fix, just stretch/scale down the template, image or the finished video to the right dimensions.
I'm leaving it at 16:9 because I learned that it was easier for me to change/export the exported video than to get my video editing software to export in a less conventional format.
Also, for Facebook, make sure you don't go over 4096x2048
You want to make your own 360 degree video, maybe with your own drawings or even a 2D animation? With this free template, you should be able to make something of your own. This is a room with a width of 16 units, a length of 16 units and a height of 8 units.
I have published these templates in the Public Domain, which means you can use it for free, for anything, without having to ask me for permission and with no restrictions. Also, the test video is in the public domain, feel free to use it anywhere you like.
If you like, suggest 2D animated 360° videos in the comments so that I can watch more of those!
Don't know what to do?
Use the images as templates for anything you'd like to use in a 360° video. I recommend not to change the aspect ratio. Load your drawing or your animation into a video editor and export the video without any black bars (crop or stretch the image to the video size). A faster alternative is to open the image in VLC Media Player and convert
it to MP4.
Before you upload it to YouTube or Facebook, you'll need to inject some metadata into your video file.
More information here:support.google.com/youtube/ans…
You can do so by using a program
If it doesn't already do it automatically, only the top checkbox should be checked after selecting the video file in the program ("My video is spherical (360)"). Inject the metadata and upload it to a suitable host. Right now, I know of Facebook and YouTube for videos... and Flickr for equirectangular images, I think. I haven't actively looked into other services.
Uploading could take a while. But there are options to view it on your computer to see if everything worked.
You can test the video with VLC Media Player 3.0, which is not the official stable release as of this moment. So you would need to go to nightlies.videolan.org/
, click on your OS and select the latest
on the end of the list to get your download options. After injecting the metadata, playing a 360° video works nicely, as far as I tested it.
YouTube might take a while to convert a 360° video into its VR form. Also, uploading anything below 720p is a bad idea because the quality will be really low.
This file is big
for the following reasons:
- the canvas is 3840 x 2160
- there are so many separate gridlines on so many layers
- to increase compatibility with whatever program you're working on, I added different file formats
- I largely don't really know what I'm doing
room.blend - the Blender source file from which I rendered all of this
roomtemplate.xcf - the GIMP project file I worked with; see layer groups below
roomtemplate.psd - a Photoshop friendly export
room_template.png - the empty room background
red.png - gridlines parallel to the y-axis
blue.png - gridlines parallel to the x-axis
yellow.png - gridlines parallel to the z-axis
- contains one plane parallel to the x-axis per layer
- contains one plane parallel to the y-axis per layer
- contains one plane parallel to the z-axis per layer
More templates for 360° video (with varying licenses) on the internet:
You are allowed to:
basically use this work in any way you like (even commercially),Under the following conditions:
You don't even have to credit me (but it would be nice).
I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. This applies worldwide.
If this is not legally possible:
I grant any entity the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.