Superguide: How To Upload Your 360 Videos To YouTube And Facebook?

If you’re one of the lucky ones to have camera or system to record 360 video you’ll be thrilled to know how to upload them to Youtube and Facebook. Can you think of a better way to share your wonderful masterpieces?

To make it easier for you we at Superlumen provide you with this comprehensive guide so you learn to easily upload your 360 degrees videos to Facebook and YouTube.

UPLOAD 360 VIDEOS TO YOUTUBE

First of all, keep in mind that:

  1. To upload your 360 video to YouTube you’ll need to use Chrome, Opera, Firefox or Internet Explorer or the last version of the YouTube app if you’re uploading from a mobile device.

  2. You’ll need to make sure the video file has the 360 metadata. If you recorded it with a supported camera (Ricoh Theta, Kodak SP360, Samsung Gear 360, Allie Camera,…) you have them already, if that’s not the case, look at the bottom of the article to find out how to enter that metadata.

  3. For now YouTube only allows videos with 24, 25, 30, 48, 50 o 60 frames per second.

  4. To optimize how your videos will look it’s recommended to have them in one of these resolutions:
    • 2160p: 3840 x 2160
    • 1440p: 2560 x 1440
    • 1080p: 1920 x 1080
    • 720p: 1280 x 720
    • 480p: 854 x 480
    • 360p: 640 x 360
    • 240p: 426 x 240

Once you’re going to upload it:

  • Make sure that 360 playback is enabled, you’ll know because there’s a scroll button at the top left. 360 playback may take a while (almost one hour), so be patient.

  • Don’t edit the video with the built-in YouTube editor because the tools to edit 360 videos are not yet enabled.

UPLOAD 360 VIDEOS TO FACEBOOK

First of all, so you don’t get a surprise once the video is uploaded to Facebook, keep in mind that your 360 videos’ duration needs to be under 10 minutes and the file size needs to be under 1.75GB.

Keeping this in mind, this is what you need to do to upload 360 videos:

If your camera adds metadata automatically, you can just upload your video directly, just like you do with any ordinary video in your timeline. If that’s not the case, you’ll need to add the 360 metadata to the video file (see the bottom of the post for details on how to do this).

SUBIR VÍDEOS 360 A FACEBOOK

If you want to upload the video to a Facebook page you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. You add the video through the video/photo upload feature.

  2. Before posting it you need to click on advanced settings to mark it as a 360 video so the 360 video controls appear.

  3. Then you need to set the field of view and the camera’s starting orientation by clicking on the 360 controls.

  4. After you’re done with that you can post it.

NEW 360 VIDEO TOOLS IN FACEBOOK

The social network giant is investing in 360 videos and recently launched two new tools for the creators of the new generation of multimedia content: Guide and Heatmap. What are they for and how can you use them?

Guide: A guided tour for your 360 video

Guide is a system that will allow publishers to guide the users to the key moments of the video during playback. This way they make sure you won’t miss the most important bits of the view.

Guía Una Visita Guiada Por Tu Vídeo 360

In order to use Guide in your videos you will need to:

  1. Click on “Enable Guide”, in the controls tab when you’re uploading a 360 video.
  2. From that moment you can highlight different key points you don’t want your audience to miss. Then you need to pause the video when you get to one of these points and click on “+ Add Point”.

Do you want to see examples of how Guide works? Look at this video recorded with a GoPro where you can swim with sharks or this one made by New York Times with Usain Bolt sprinting for a 100 meters race.

Heatmap: Get to know the content users like the most

This option allows you to see the areas that users are more interested in in the entire playback. They do this through a visual map where these zones are highlighted with warmer colors. But to be able to enjoy this feature, your page needs to have over 50,000 followers.

Mapa De Calor Conoce El Contenido Que Resulta Más Atractivo A Tus Seguidores

HOW TO ADD METADATA IN 360 VIDEOS?

If you choose to mount several cameras in a rig you’ll need to add the metadata manually in post-production. If you use Kolor Autoplano, Video Stitch or any other to stitch the 360 videos, remember to check the metadata and make sure that metadata says the video is in a 360 format.

If you stitch in another program you can insert the metadata with the 360 Video Metadata app, that you can download here. Once downloaded you’ll need to choose the video file, check the Spherical checkbox, give the file a name, and save. You’ll see that there’s a new file in the same location of the original video, this time with the metadata.

We hope you found this guide useful, and keep in tune for more interesting tips that we’ll be showing in our blog; VR is hot right now and we at Superlumen don’t want you to miss anything.

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