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Tech Coffee Break - May 1, 2017

23 participants
Bob Bertsch facilitated

Bob said Ag Communication recently purchased a 360fly 360-degree camera. See https://www.360fly.com/. It’s about the size of a racquetball. It shoots 360 degrees horizontally, but doesn’t shoot all the way down so 270 degrees on vertical axis.

YouTube and other platforms now support 360-degree photography and videography. You can move your phone or the hand icon on your computer to get into the immersive environment.

Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqxRY_L9YoQ&feature=youtu.be

The camera also can be used for still images, which would be similar to panoramic images with your smartphone. Facebook supports 360 stills.

The 360fly works with an app on your phone, so you control it via Bluetooth or wifi so you can see on your phone what the camera is seeing. Bob said it’s not traditional video so you can’t edit in Windows Movie Maker but must use its own basic editor.

Monique Stelzer and Bob plan to capture 4-H displays at the Red River Valley Fair with it.

You also can drop the video into a virtual reality device for more of a 3D feel.

You can put the camera somewhere and let it run stationary.

Ideas for 360 video

  • Field scouting or field demonstrations
  • Put it on a drone during field days
  • Set up for possible livestock handling issues
  • Inside a cab during tractor safety training
  • Horse shows

Facebook Live does 360 video, but with limited devices. 360 video probably isn’t useful if someone is just talking in the front of a room. Better use is when surroundings matter.

This camera is available for checkout from Ag Comm as soon as we get some instructions written out.

Other Sharing

Mary said they used https://www.texteventpics.com/ at a recent event. Give a phone number to participants so they could text photos to a certain number, and the photos all go into a slide show automatically. Moderator could delete photos if necessary. Photos were run on a screen during breaks. Theirs was $68 for less than 200 people. The moderators can download and save the photos.

Time-lapse photography is another way to use photography. Andy Robinson bought some time-lapse cameras for just $100 or so that he left in fields last season. He shared at fall conference last year.

Ryan uses Foldscope for macro photos. Bob was disappointed with his smartphone lens attachments, but his wife just got a new phone that came with photo attachments. TJ bought a magnifier for his iPhone but was disappointed.

Facebook Live must be done with a device, such as phone or tablet. Bob thinks they’re still working on using a camera on a computer. Attach your tablet or phone to a tripod so it’s steady, and use the rear-facing camera. Tripods can be on long legs, or short with clips or bendable legs.

Lisa knows someone who used a Phoneskope to attach his spotting scope to his iPhone.

Many phones don’t take high-quality photos or video in low light. Get external light on the subject.

Notes by Becky Koch

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