In Daily Dose 360, we look at the best 360° videos of the day from across the internet. We will now only highlight the top 5 videos of the day in Daily/Mega Daily Dose 360 post on the blog. In today’s Mega Daily Dose, which hopefully won’t be around much longer, we take a look at the top videos from Wednesday to Friday. To commemorate the release of Discovery and the Science Channel into the world of 360 videos, we will be featuring 10 videos in today’s Mega Daily Dose 360.
We resort to Mega Daily Dose 360s when the amount of content is not enough to justify a Daily Dose 360 from the day. Our Twitter and YouTube Playlist will have far more videos, and the other videos will still be added to The 360 Video Directory. Keep in mind we wipe clean the YouTube playlist every Sunday night, to make room for next week’s videos. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @dailydose360 for updates throughout the day of the best 360 videos right as they hit the internet!
You will need a PC/Phone running Google Chrome Browser, or you can open these videos on the iOS & Android YouTube app. Use WASD or Mouse on PC to interact. On phones, just move your phone around as if you are looking around inside the video. If you have a Google Cardboard or Gear VR (thanks to this recent news), you can view with the headsets which enhance the experience dramatically. Oculus Rift users will need to use Virtual Desktop and can view the YouTube videos by pasting the url into the video tab of Virtual Desktop. If the videos are from Vrideo, you can access them using the beta version of Chrome.
Please click the picture or title to be brought to each video.
We start this special Mega Daily Dose with one of our favorite shows, Survivorman, which seems like the perfect fit for 360° video. Les Stroud heads into different wilderness areas completely alone and films his experiences while offering helpful tips. As he is completely alone, handling a camera and figuring out the best angles must make his job 10x more difficult. Now with 360 degree video, he can place one camera down in a single spot and it captures everything going on.
We wouldn’t be surprised if he has more footage at a later time from this same trip. You watch Les cross over a small stream and guzzle down some water, which should be safe to drink.
ZombieGoBoom is a YouTube channel that teaches you everything you need to know should a zombie apocalypse occur. With about 650,000 subscribers and almost 80 million total views, they know their zombies. Zombie adventure is the beginning of a 360° series they are doing where you play a survivor. While watching part one, until the end, I thought I was the zombie on the ground pictured above as this is what you see when you look straight down. This looks to be the beginning of a very interesting series.
Weather Balloons Go Really High (Double Feature)
One thing to note about these two videos. The person who made them is missing footage from 2 of the cameras. Even with 2 cameras missing, the views from that high above the Earth in 4k is as close as you are going to get to feeling like an astronaut for now (and for free).
Again, 2 cameras are missing (see above note). While this video doesn’t go as high as the 2 minute one preceding it, it does give you 20 minutes of feeling like you are a balloon floating extremely high up into the sky. The first 20-30 seconds are a bit shaky so be wary of that. It’s due to the wind, one of those uncontrollable factors when you send a weather balloon with cameras so high up into the sky. No that I think about it, I can only wonder what became of the cameras used. Were they recovered? Or were they sacrificed for the greater good.
YouTuber DudeLikeHELLA continues to surprise me with his 360° filming skills. In his first video, he sent a drone up into the sky with another virtual video screen within the video showing the viewpoint of the drone. This time, he brings you into the games Fallout 3 and Portal 2. Don’t let the beginning fool you. In no time at all, you are transported from his living room into the games. Incredible stuff here.
If it wasn’t good enough that we got Survivorman in 360° from The Science Channel, Discovery brought us Mythbusters as well. There are 2 other videos on their channel (and in our 360 Video Directory), but this was my personal favorite. There have been some people in the community bringing up the discomfort caused by a slight tilting and shaking on the Discovery videos, but there are two reasons why this is still here. First, it’s the first time Mythbusters has appeared in 360°. Second, it is their first time doing a 360° video and this video does take place underwater. I’ll give them a pass on this one, and see what happens with future videos.
Vrideo and Littlstar bring us this wonderful music video. While there are quite a few music videos out there, The Donnies and the Amys has an incredible production value and a style we haven’t seen yet in other videos. No surprise as this was brought out by Specular Theory.
Topless Parade Venice Beach (NSFW)
Oh common we all knew something like this was coming to YouTube eventually. On August 23rd, Venice Beach hosted the Topless Parade, marching and partying to #freethenipple, a movement for freedom of all genders to be in public without tops on. Regardless of your opinions on the movement, this video does bring you as close as you can get to feeling like you are actually there for one of the most wild parades of 2015.
Ever wonder what it would be like to be planted in front of a locomotive traveling through underground tunnels? Thanks to The Crossrail Project, you can now find out, as you travel from Stepney Green cavern to Farringdon under London.
There’s something about being so close to a volcano without the risk of being trapped in a sudden eruption that is extremely appealing. Thanks to Virtual Reality and 360° videos, you can now come close to this famous volcano in Hawaii, all from the comfort of your living room.
Freeboarding: yet another thing I had no idea existed until Discovery released this video earlier in the week. It’s no Survivorman or Mythbusters, but you join freeboarders as they rush through some iconic spots in San Francisco.