Undergraduate Research

Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research: 360-Degree Video and Virtual Reality

 

Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary MedicineDuring my undergraduate career, I participated in a unique independent study with 360-degree video at the R1 university, Virginia Tech. Working with a small team of communication professionals, I created content for the university, mastering editing softwares like Kolor’s Autopano Video and Autopano Giga and discovered what it meant to effectively tell a story with this new technology. Through the aid of additional resources such as drones, Oculus goggles and other virtual reality tools, my team and I utilized our passions, rooted in creativity, to produce quality 360-degree video content.

In order to produce this spherical and immersive footage, I filmed with six, GoPro Hero 4 Black cameras secured with the help of a Freedom 360 mount.

With this technology I produced and edited my own original content, and additionally, I conducted research for the university to measure user-responsiveness based on the relationship between memory and viewing platform when watching 360-degree videos (i.e. with a laptop, tablet, VR-goggles, etc.). Below, you will find a few videos from projects I worked on while researching and creating videos with this virtual reality technology at Virginia Tech.

 

Emily McCaul, third-year multimedia journalism student at Virginia Tech, films a 360-degree video in the labs of the Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Emily McCaul, third-year multimedia journalism student at Virginia Tech, films a 360-degree video in the labs of the Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

 

This is a 360-degree video of proposed locations for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline stretching 300 miles between West Virginia and Virginia. My team and I at Virginia Tech chose to film a specifically marked, “Proposed Pipeline Road,” Seven Oaks Road, located in Newport, Virginia. This road is located next to residential homes and the Village of Newport Community Park, that has a clean, inhabited river flowing through it. All of these locations featured in the video are within marked “Blast Zones” of construction, designated by signs placed on the main road for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. We shot this footage with six GoPro Hero Blacks, in 4K, on a Freedom 360 Mount. We stitched the video in Kolor’s Autopano Video and edited the footage for color correction and parallax in Autopano Giga. If viewing on a mobile device, click here to view this video in a 360-degree, mobile-friendly format.

 


This is a 360-degree video of various dorm rooms on Virginia Tech’s home campus in Blacksburg, VA.