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This guide is to help you learn how to create digital media projects

360fly HD 360-Degree Video Camera

360fly 360-Degree HD Video Camera

The 360fly is a single-lens 360-degree (spherical) video camera that captures video for everything around you. You can also easily grab still images from the video using the app, which is also used to control the camera (via Bluetooth and Wireless connections- instructions). 

Download your videos using the included USB cable or use the app to upload directly to Facebook & YouTube.

What you need to get started

The camera itself is simple but requires the app and some setup to get started:

  • The camera should be fully charged before starting a project- use the included cable to charge via USB
  • Download the Android/Apple app to control the camera (preview, editing, grabbing stills, uploading to the web, etc.)
  • You can also download the Director desktop app to your personal computer (free) to edit your videos post-production.

How do I use this thing?!

Yeah, but how do I use this thing?!?!?!

360-degree video is very different from regular video and there are a few things you'll want to consider when designing your next 360 project.

Canon VIXIA HF R700

Canon Vixia R700

This tiny video camera is great for capturing high-quality footage for your video project, including interviews, presentations, events and more. The camera includes all you need to record basic video (includes built-in mic) but you may want to also borrow a tripod, boom mic or other accessories.

What you need to get started

  • You may also want a tripod- attaches to a standard tripod mount.
  • Charge the camera using the included power adapter.
  • Connect an external microphone for better sound- the AT875R Shotgun Mic is a good choice (requires the included iRig interface to convert the analog mic to digital via the 3.5 mm jack).

How do I use this thing?!

Getting Started

Saving, Sharing & Publishing

GoPro Session 4

GoPro Session 4 Camera

The Library has two (2) GoPro Session 4 cameras available to check out for your next action camera project. These minimalist cameras are small, light, waterproof (to 33m), have built in mics, and can be controlled via the free Apple/Android GoPro app (via Bluetooth and Wireless connections- instructions). Use the Capture app to control the camera and the Quik app to make edits, add transitions and music and more.

Download your videos using the included USB cable or use the app to upload directly to Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

You may also want to download the Quik desktop app for editing your videos from a laptop or desktop computer.

What you need to get started

The camera is simple but still requires a few important considerations:

  • The camera should be fully charged before starting a project- use the included cable to charge via USB (4 hrs w/ a computer, 2 hrs w/ a 5V and 1A wall charger)
  • Download the Android/Apple app for full controls (preview, editing, uploading to the web, etc.)

How do I use this thing?!

User Manuals

Videos to Get Started

Cardboard Viewer

dscvr Cardboard ViewerThe Cardboard Viewer allows you to view your 360 photos or Google Cardboard projects. The Library has five (5) viewers available for checkout. 

What you need to get started

The viewer itself is very simple- you can even make your own or order kits online for $5 and up.

The only requirement for the cardboard viewer is that you need an Android or iPhone- the viewer can accommodate many sizes, including the Nexus 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

How do I use this thing?!

Camkix Telescoping 3 in 1 Tripod

Camkix 3 in 1 Telescoping TripodThis tripod is optimized for our GoPro Session 4 cameras but is great for any camera, including the 360fly. The design allows for a variety of setups- short tripod, short handle, telescoping handle, and telescoping tripod. 

The tripod base and telescoping pole also come with a GoPro mount, adjustable smartphone mount, and GoPro remote holder.

What you need to get started

This one is simple! All you need is a camera or smartphone to attach to it. The smartphone attachment fits a variety of phone widths, from 2-3.5 inches.

How do I use this thing?!

Video Software

Video Conferencing & Streaming