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FAQ

360fly and Livit team up to offer live streaming of 360° video

We at 360fly are excited to announce a new way for our users to view and interact with their 360° videos. The Livit app now supports 360° video live streaming and playback. Check out the full press release about 360fly teaming up with Livit, HERE.

  • Live streaming currently only available for iOS users.
  • An update to support live streaming on the Livit Android app will be available soon.

Our Head of Content, Andy Peacock, has put together a short tutorial video on how to get your 360fly connected to the Livit app on your mobile device. To watch that video, click HERE.

If you run into any issues when using your 360fly camera with your Livit app, please contact Livit at the following email address: feedback@livitnow.com

Can I edit my 360fly videos in 3rd Party Editors?

While we recommend using the editing options that have been built into our Apps, you are able to edit your 360fly videos with 3rd party editors. Check out our 360fly Forums, where our Head of Content has created a few videos that may help you through the process.

If you have any questions, join the community and ask some of the other members which are editing their 360fly videos in applications such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier.

360fly and Livit team up to offer live streaming of 360° video

When you go to watch your video on YouTube, you may notice that the quality looks subpar. This is a result of YouTube starting the video at a reduced quality setting. Here is a link to YouTube's own support site explaining the reason that they do this: Video Quality


Our recommendation so you can watch your videos on YouTube in the best possible quality, is to pause the video as soon as it loads. While the video is paused, tap or click on the Settings ; on mobile tap on the , then tap on the . This will load a list of video resolutions that are available based on your videos properties. Choose the highest setting, as long as your internet connection can handle it. Please note that the lower the quality setting, the faster the video will load.


To change the quality setting while viewing on computer:

Step 1: Click on the .

Step 2: Choose your resolution.

To change the quality setting while viewing on a mobile device:

Step 1: Tap on the .

Step 2: Tap on the .

Step 3: Choose your resolution.

How to change quality setting when viewing on YouTube

With the recent update of Facebook's app to version 44, sharing interactive 360° video has never been easier.
Please note that to share your 360° video to Facebook, you must have an internet connection.
To begin the upload to Facebook process, start by tapping on the icon from inside the On iPhone section or choose at the end of the edit flow if you are creating a Clip Capture. Both options will bring up the same system share screen shown in the 2nd image.

Next you will want to tap on the Facebook icon.
Tip: Make sure you are signed into Facebook prior to uploading.

Your video will now export with the required metadata that will allow Facebook users to view it in interactive 360°

Last, choose who and where you want your video to be posted on Facebook and tap on the "Post" in the top right.

Sharing a 360° video to Facebook on iOS

With the recent update of Facebook's app to version 44, sharing interactive 360° video has never been easier.
Please note that to share your 360° video to Facebook, you must have an internet connection.
To begin the upload to Facebook process, start by tapping on the icon from inside the On iPhone section or choose at the end of the edit flow if you are creating a Clip Capture. Both options will bring up the same system share screen shown in the 2nd image.

Next you will want to tap on the Facebook icon.
Tip: Make sure you are signed into Facebook prior to uploading.

Your video will now export with the required metadata that will allow Facebook users to view it in interactive 360°

Last, choose who and where you want your video to be posted on Facebook and tap on the "Post" in the top right.

Sharing a 360° video to YouTube on iOS

With our recent release, sharing interactive 360° videos to YouTube has never been easier.
Please note that to share your 360° video to YouTube, you must have an internet connection.
To begin the upload to YouTube process, start by tapping on the icon from inside the On iPhone section or choose at the end of the edit flow if you are creating a Clip Capture. Both options will bring up the same system share screen shown in the 2nd image.

Next you will want to tap on the YouTube icon.
Tip: Make sure you are signed into YouTube prior to uploading.

Your video will now export with the required metadata that will allow YouTube users to view it in interactive 360°

Last, enter a title and description, choose your category, and decide what level of access to give your video. Once you have all of that decided, tap "Publish" in the top right of the screen and allow a few minutes for the video to upload and process.
Note: Interactive 360° videos posted to YouTube could take additional time to show as 360° videos.

Sharing a 360° video to YouTube on Android

With our recent release, sharing interactive 360° videos to YouTube has never been easier.

The first step in the process is transferring the file from your camera to your mobile device. While connected to the camera via WIFI press the download icon to transfer the video to your mobile device. Once complete, connect back to your internet connection to begin the YouTube upload.
To begin the upload to YouTube process, start by tapping on the icon from inside the On My Phone section or choose at the end of the edit flow if you are creating a Clip Capture. Both options will bring up the same system share screen shown in the 2nd image.

Next you will want to tap on the YouTube icon.
Tip: Make sure you are signed into YouTube prior to uploading.

Your video will now export with the required metadata that will allow YouTube users to view it in interactive 360°

Last, enter a title and description, choose what level of privacy to give your video. Once you have all of that decided, tap on the in the top right of the screen and allow a few minutes for the video to upload and process.
Note: Interactive 360° videos posted to YouTube could take additional time to show as 360° videos.

The following screen may show up before you can enter any information. If you select "On any network" that allows the upload to be performed over cellular data(LTE, 4G, 3G). Upload speeds and the time it takes to process could vary depending on your connection.
You may see this screen when uploading to YouTube for the first time.

Sharing a 360° video to Facebook on Android

With the recent update to Facebook's app, sharing interactive 360° video has never been easier.

The first step in the process is transferring the file from your camera to your mobile device. While connected to the camera via WIFI press the download icon to transfer the video to your mobile device. Once complete, connect back to your internet connection to begin the YouTube upload.
To begin the upload to Facebook process, start by tapping on the icon from inside the On My Phone section or choose at the end of the edit flow if you are creating a Clip Capture. Both options will bring up the same share screen that is shown in the 2nd image.

Next you will want to tap on the Facebook icon.
Tip: Make sure you are signed into Facebook prior to uploading.

Your video will now export with the required metadata that will allow Facebook users to view it in interactive 360°

Last, choose who and where you want your video to be posted on Facebook and tap on the "Post" in the top right. You will receive a notification as soon as your video has been posted.

New Edit Feature - Watch Me

We’re proud to announce the Watch Me editing feature from the 360fly mobile app is now available on the 360fly Director app, version 1.6.0.

Watch Me gives you the power to create a standard 16:9 video from your original 360° footage, video you can share to non-360° compatible world. Use the Watch Me tool to record as you pan left or right and tilt up and down to guide your viewers through the action. Wherever you swipe, shift and zoom while editing in this mode is cropped and saved as a shareable 16:9 video clip, creating a unique point of view.

Instructions for Use

After launching your 360fly video, click the “Editor” icon in the lower-right corner and enter the Edit mode.

Inside Editing mode, choose the “Watch Me” icon to enter the Watch Me editor.

You’re now ready to start your Watch Me edit. Click on “Start Watch” to begin editing.

While your video is playing, you can move the POV with your computer’s mouse, arrow keys or touchpad. Watch Me is recording all of your movements and will play them back. Pause the video to create an instant pan and then click “Play” to start again. Once you’ve completed your Watch Me clip, click “End Watch.”

Now click “Save” and give your watch me clip a name.

Once saved, your Watch Me video will take a few minutes to process.

That's it! You’re ready to start sharing your video.


Filtering Watch Me Clips

You can filter Watch Me videos by selecting the “POV/Watch Me” filter.

Sharing Watch Me Clips

Watch Me clips can be shared to any video/photo sharing service. From the Director app, you can share your edits directly to YouTube and Facebook.

Click on the “Share” icon on the Watch Me video you’d like to post.

Choose the social media channel, add a description and select “Share.” Since they’re smaller files and do not require converting like 360° videos, Watch Me edits are quicker to load.

GET YOUR WATCH ME VIDEOS OUT THERE

Select one or all off your favorite social media channels to share your Watch Me edits with family, friends and fans alike.

That's it! Congratulations on your first Watch Me video. Hollywood may be calling.

Can I use an external drive to store my 360fly videos?

The 360fly Director app allows you to have multiple Library files that can be used to save your videos. These files can be created on an external hard drive as well as the local PC drive. This allows you to organize your videos in different independent folders.

PC Instructions

1. Create a new folder in the location that you would like to store your 360fly Videos or Photos.

2. Rename the folder to any name you would like and add .360flyLibrary to the end of the name. Please make sure the name is in the exact case above and do not forget to capitalize the "L" in library.

3. The next step is linking your new Library. Open the 360fly Director Application and drag and drop the new Library file into the video gallery. You will be prompted to confirm that you want to use the new Library file. Click the checkmark to confirm.

4. That's it! Your new library is linked. You will need to do step 3 anytime you want to view another Library file.

Instructions for MAC

1. Create a new folder in the location that you would like to store your 360fly Videos or Photos.

2. Rename the folder to any name you would like and add .360flyLibrary to the end of the name. Please make sure the name is in the exact case above and do not forget to capitalize the "L" in library.

3. You will be prompted to add a file with the .360flyLibrary extension. Click on "Add".

4. After naming the file the folder icon will change to the 360fly logo indicating that you have created a new 360fly Library.

5. The next step is linking your new Library. Open the 360fly Director Application and drag and drop the new Library file into the video gallery. You will be prompted to confirm that you want to use the new Library file. Click the checkmark to confirm.

6. That's it! Your new Library is linked. You will need to do step 5 anytime you want to view another Library file.

How to share your 360° photos to social

In the latest 360fly Director release, version 1.5.1, we introduced the ability to share and export the 360° photos taken from your 360fly 4K camera. You will be able to share in either Photosphere or Panoramic formats.



360° / Photosphere

To begin this process, simply choose a photo from your 360fly Director Images Library and click on the Share icon.

You will see 2 options, 360(Photosphere) & Panoramic.

Choose 360 if you want to upload a Photosphere photo to Facebook. You will then have to save your Photosphere photo to a folder on your desktop.

To upload to Facebook, launch your browser and go to your profile on Facebook.com. You must upload the photo directly to your Facebook profile using your web browser.

Please note: 360° photo uploads through your browser must be done one at a time.

During the Facebook upload/post process, you’ll see verbiage like “Say something about this 360° photo…” indicating that it’s recognized as a 360° image. The 360° viewer will be immediately available after posting.


Panoramic

Choose Panoramic if you would like to share a flattened version of your 360° photo.

To share your Panoramic photo, simply choose Facebook from the options shown and click Share.

Please keep in mind that this photo will not be interactive, it will only be a flattened, panoramic photo.



Since the exported 360° photo is in Photosphere format, other viewers are able to be used to view the photo. Additionally, other Photosphere format photos can be downloaded and added to your Director library.


Also of note is that Facebook’s 360° photo viewer will work on desktop web browsers like Chrome, and also on up-to-date versions of Facebook’s app on mobile devices. The photo viewer will not be enabled on mobile web browsers.


*Additionally, uploading of 360° photos to Facebook is only supported when used with a 360fly 4K camera in the Photo mode. Screenshots or using the Image Capture editing flow with the HD model will not create a photo with the precise resolution to export using Director.

How to change the orientation of your video

A new feature included in our 1.5.0 release of Director is the ability to change the orientation of your 360 video.

To change the orientation, open the editing menu by clicking on the Edit icon

Now with the Edit Menu open you will click on the Projection Change icon


Next click on the dropdown menu to select the Projection you would like to apply

Once your selection is made, click on Save and allow Director to begin backing up the original file as well as creating a new video with the new projection data.

Advanced Editing Features in 360fly Director

Beginning with the release of version 1.4.0 of our Director software, download it here, we are pleased to offer the same advanced editing options that have been available in our mobile apps on iOS and Android.

The editing features include:

  • Orientation Change
  • WatchMe
  • Trimming
  • Audio
  • Filters
  • Speed Change

In this article we will detail each of the editing features so that you will have all the info you'll need to edit your videos like a seasoned pro.

Editing Menu

Start by clicking on the video that you would like to Edit to enter player mode.

Next click the "Editor" icon in the lower right corner.

Then the Editor Mode will expand to show you a column of the editing functions on the right side of the screen.


The following cannot be combined with other editing options:

Changing the Orientation of a Video

Step 1 - Click on the 360fly Camera icon

Step 2 - Select the desired orientation setting

Step 3 - Click on Save to save your video with the new updated Orientation data applied.


Creating a WatchMe Video

Step 1 - Click on the "Eye" icon

To see a detailed walk-through on how to create a WatchMe video, click here: WatchMe Article


Trimming a Video

Step 1 - Click the "Trim" icon.

Step 2 - Slide the left and right sliders to the exact part of the video you want to keep.

Step 3 - Click on "Save" to save the video.

Please note: The original video will not be overwritten you will be asked to name and save the new video.


The following can all be performed on the same video:


Speed Adjustments

Speed adjustments let you speed up or slow down portions of the video.

Step 1 - Click the "Speed Adjustment" icon.

Step 2 - Choose the spot in the video that you would like to adjust.

Step 3 - Slide the speed adjuster slider to the left or right to slow down or speed up.


Applying a Filter

Filters allow you to change up your video with special lighting affects.

Step 1 - Click the "Filters" icon.

Step 2 - Choose the filter of your choice.

Step 3 - Preview the selected filter. (Toon chosen in example)


Adding a Soundtrack

You can now add your own selection of non DRM protected soundtracks to your video.

Step 1 - Click the "Soundtrack" icon.

Step 2 - Click the "Search" icon to open your soundtrack folder.

Step 3 - Select the song you would like to add and click the "Open" button.

*Please note: .WMA files will not be heard during the Preview, but the track will be audible once the video has completed processing.

Step 4 - Choose the music mix option.

Options:

100% - Overwrite all audio with your music selection.

50% - Overwrite 50% of your audio with your music selection.

Or if you would rather mute your video, this option will remove all audio from your recording.

To mute all audio from the video, click on the mute icon. A message will indicate that all audio has been removed.


Saving Your Edits

Step 1 - Click the "Finished" icon.


Step 2 - Click the "Checkmark" to save your edits.

Step 3 - Name your new video and click save.

You are now an award winning Director. Now share your work with the world and do not forget to mention #360fly. Stay tuned for more features to come!

How to post your video to social media using the Director App

Sharing your life in 360° is simple with the share feature in the 360fly Director App. The share feature will convert your 360fly videos to a format that can be uploaded to both YouTube and Facebook directly from the Director in one simple step.
To begin launch your Director App, and choose the video that you want to export. This can either be an entire video, a trimmed video created from inside Director, or a "Clip Capture" edit that you brought in from your 360fly.




To see how to add a video to the Director App, click here: LINK
Next you will want to click on the Social Export icon and select the location that you would like to share the video.


Please Note: For YouTube and Facebook you will be required to sign in with your YouTube or Facebook credentials and authorize the Director application to post videos to your account.
Once you have provided authorization. Provide a name to your video and click on the "Share" button.

Your video will now begin processing and uploading to your favorite 360° video sites. Please be patient as the process can take time to convert and complete the upload. Also, once the video has been uploaded you will need to allow time for it to show up in 360°.


Your done! Your video is now available on your favorite social 360° site.
***Please note that only Chrome, Firefox, and IE11(Windows) are supported browsers for interactive 360° playback***
Saving a copy of the converted file on my PC or MAC
If you would like to save a copy of the converted file to your computer and perform your own upload to your favorite 360° site, you can follow the following steps.
1. Press and hold the "Option" key on a MAC or the "ALT" key on a PC while pressing the share icon .
2. A dialogue box will appear which will allow you to save the converted file.
3. Use this file to upload to your favorite 360° social sites.

New Feature - Merging videos using Director

Our latest update to 360fly Director introduces the highly requested merge capability; the ability to merge multiple(up to 5) videos together and save it as one 360° video.
We have put together this short video tutorial to guide you through this exciting feature.


To perform a Merge, first launch 360fly Director, you will see the Merge tab along the top left of the screen by Camera, Library, and Settings.

When you click on the Merge button, a drop area will appear at the bottom of the screen, this is where you will drag your videos to and drop them. By default, the videos are ordered by the sequence in which you add them to the Merge area. Once all of your videos have been added, remember only up to 5 videos, you can select a video and re-arrange as you choose.

Please note: You can only drag and drop clips that are filmed in the same orientation. You will not be able to mix videos filmed upside down with videos filmed with the camera right side up. All incompatible videos in your Library will be greyed out and if you hover over said video, you will see the reason why.



Once you have your videos arranged to your liking, you can either Preview the single video or begin processing by clicking on the Merge Clips button.


When you click on Merge Clips, a Save window will pop up, here you will want to name your merged file.

Processing can take some time when merging large files, so we ask that you be patient while Director is doing its thing. Once the merge has completed processing, the new file will now appear in your Library.

Thats it! Now go and create some awesome Fly videos.

360fly Director System Requirements

Operating System:

Mac OS X 10.8 and above
Windows 7 and above

*64-bit OS required for 4K
*Microsoft Surface not supported at this time

CPU

4th generation (Haswell line) Intel® Core™ processor i5/i7 or newer

Memory

8 GB of RAM for optimal 4K performance

4 GB of RAM for HD

Disk Space

200 MB free for install files
20 GB+ free recommended for importing your video/image content and related files

Graphics

For 4K video playback and editing:

Discrete Graphics:

  • Nvidia Geforce® GT/GTX 600 series or higher
  • AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 series or higher

Integrated Graphics:

  • Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics

For HD video playback and editing:

Discrete Graphics:

  • Discrete cards with WebGL support (ensure drivers are up-to-date)

Integrated Graphics:

  • Intel® HD Graphics 4600 or higher
  • Intel® Iris™ Graphics

Storage

Flash/SSD recommended for 4K

HDD/SSD/Flash for HD

Compatibility

Android:

  • HTC: M8, M9, A9
  • LG: G3, G4, Flex 2, Nexus 5
  • Motorola: Moto X 2nd Gen, Nexus 6, Droid Turbo/2
  • Samsung: Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6/Edge, Galaxy Note 4/Edge, Galaxy Note 5
  • Sony: Xperia
  • Nexus: Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X

iOS:

Fully Compatible:

  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6/6s
  • iPhone 6Plus/6sPlus
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 4

Partially Compatible:

These devices can explore videos from the site and have basic camera controls. They cannot play or edit videos from the camera:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPad (3rd generation)
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad Mini