Part 1: What to look for in quality 360 video marketing — The making of Nespresso’s 360 video

360 video marketing has not been capitalized as much in Asia, particularly Southeast Asia, as marketers tend to stick to the traditional marketing route due to them not knowing how to go about it or what to look out for, or simply, having had a bad experience with 360 video service providers.

This is a wasted opportunity. Having a 360 video vs a standard 2D video as part of your marketing campaign, whether it be for your retail outlet(s), or product or services, provides an immersive experience for your customers experiencing and interacting with your brand.

Secondly, it allows you to embed and include 2D elements in your 360 video, like what we’ve done for Nespresso.

The key thing is to look for a trusted and experienced service provider who knows what they are doing when it comes to producing a quality 360 video. It’s not about sticking a 360 video camera in the scene and hoping for the best.

There are many intricacies involved in shooting a quality 360 video and a lot that goes into the planning stages, including working closely with the clients to get the best output, tight communication with the camera crew and post. Here, we share what we’ve done recently for Nespresso.

The thought process behind making the 360 video for Nespresso

Nespresso’s agency Publicis commissioned us to do the 360 shoot of their flagship store in ION Orchard.

For this project, we chose our specially built 2-camera 360 rig. The more cameras your rig has, the better your resolution will be, however, when working in low light, and in a small enclosed area, more cameras usually mean more potential stitching errors, and less mobility and flexibility for your actors. It’s important to choose your camera rig based on what you plan to film, where you plan to film, and of course, how quick your turnaround needs to be.

As 360° video is very heavily reliant on post-production, it is key to have the editor on site to collaborate on each shot with the cinematographer.

Not all 360° cameras have an autostitch live preview like some domestic cameras, it’s important that you are fully aware of everything that’s going on around your shot.

Always keep in mind where your stitchlines are, people and objects that are scripted to pass through them, as well as making sure to keep the minimum distance.

Due to the short turnaround time for this project, we began creating much of the animation, motion graphics and other 2D elements a few days before the shoot took place. That left us with more time to spend in the compositing phase. This was all completed using Adobe After Effects and Mettle Skybox.

Because RAW 360° video files are very large, many of the treatments on it can take several times longer than with normal video, so we had to be sure to always organize the workflow to ensure exports are done on approved content.

It was a great collaboration between Publicis, Nespresso and the team. We’re glad that the clients were open to trying out something unique, and that allowed us to produce engaging and interesting content for them.

Keep an open mind

In producing a 360 video, there is an option for clients to have more interactive elements with the products at the store upon request to achieve the best results and ROI for any 360 content.

Brands and marketers should maintain an open mind to 360 videos and be encouraged to experiment.

A good 360 video production team will not shy away from the challenge in discussing new ideas and would be proactive to explore new concepts together and advise on what works well and what will not work well in experimenting and delivering with this new video production format.

Check out Nespresso’s 360 video here:

#

If you are looking for an experienced production team for corporate videos and one who knows what they are doing in producing quality 360 videos, contact me at v @ xralliance.org

Production services across Asia:

We are able to facilitate any production requests and have the experience to deliver. We can also advise on the best way forward to make sure our clients don’t waste time and money.

  • camera crew for hire — All the crews we work with across the region are experienced and we never take chances with an unknown crew. Our Director of Photography has over 30 years professional production experience working globally as a DP, our clients get access to this experience and can rest assured that the job gets done
  • portable studio set up (we come to you) — green screen can give your production another dimension and done right will achieve great results. It is perfect for any e-learning subjects
  • corporate content production
  • advertising and TVC shoots
  • professional webcast services including Facebook and Youtube live. We have many years of experience working with broadcasters for all types of live content, this experience crosses over to Facebook and YouTube Live
  • live events shooting
  • 360 video. We are working with Nokia and can produce high quality 360 live content that streams across 4G mobile networks

Clients worked with across Asia:

Our client base is as varied as the content we produce. DBS, Morgan Stanley, SHELL, BP, Web MD, Nespresso, Shiseido, Accenture and Royal College of Surgeons.