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As part of the 'Lookout360' project on climate change, organised by the European Forest Institute and Global Editors Network (GEN), journalists received training on how to shoot video in 360 degrees and had the chance to experiment using Insta360 cameras.

Nicolas Magand, social media editor at GEN, collected the tips participants were given to get started with 360-degree videos in this article on Medium.

Not everyone is familiar already with this immersive type of storytelling, so keep in mind that viewers “may need a few extra seconds on each shot to appreciate the whole view and figure out what is going on”. When editing your video, consider using post-production overlays to draw people's attention to a certain point or to give additional information.

If you are shooting at a low frame rate, people may suffer from motion sickness because they notice “an uncomfortable delay between head movements and the expected camera movement”, especially when they're wearing headphones. To avoid this, the trainers recommend stabilising the shots with gimbals or using your own arm to keep the camera stable while moving.

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