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SXSW Meetup and Workshop

Simon Brooksbank / 11 days ago

Howdy…Team Blend spent last week at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Thousands of people flocked to the annual festival of film, interactive media, music festivals and conferences to soak up the famed Southern Hospitality and immerse themselves in all things media. As well as having a stand shared with our partners Facebook 360 in the main expo, we also co-hosted another creator workshop and meet-ups. Not everyone gets the chance to go to SXSW and we were delighted to see so many 360 creators from all over the world sign up and come along. We had creators from Australia, Argentina, South Korea, China, Russia, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Canada and from all over the US. All creators within Blend Media's network receive invitations to these free and exclusive events. This event was the latest in a global series of events that we've held so far in London, Liverpool, Amsterdam, Vienna, Sydney, Melbourne, LA and New York. We hold these events to educate, train, inspire and share best practices with our growing network of professional 360 creators and filmmakers. If you’d like to join our creator network you can apply here.

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How to Shoot 360˚ Videos for Commercial Licensing: Increase your Profits [360˚ Video Top Tips: Episode #005]

Simon Brooksbank / 2 months ago

The purpose of this series is to provide useful 360˚ video top tips to teach you how to shoot in this immersive, user-controlled format to the best of your ability. 360˚ video and user-controlled content creators can apply these tips and tricks to any future productions. In Episode five of the '360˚ Video Top Tips' series I shall explain how to shoot 360˚videos for commercial licensing vs. filming editorial content. I will also clarify the benefits of shooting 360˚ video commercial content, which I strongly encourage you take into account when you're next out and about in the field, armed with your 360˚ camera of choice. Find out about the difference between editorial and commercial content below. How to Shoot 360˚ Videos for Commercial Licensing It is important to know how to shoot 360˚ videos for commercial licensing because this is the kind of content that can be licensed for advertising or promotional purposes. Shooting commercial content is full of caveats however the benefits of shooting 360˚ video commercial content are certainly worth the effort as these clips normally command a higher licensing fee compared to editorial clips. To ensure you're 360˚ video is commercial, you must: 1. Ensure people visible in shot have signed a model release. A model release form is a legal release which is to be signed by those visibly in shot, as to grant the owner of the content permission to publish the content commercially. If you are a Blend Media creator you can request a model release form by contacting me at simon@blend.media. Of course, if there are no people in shot then no model release is required. See Blend Media creator, Al Caudullo's 360˚ video below which could be licensed out commercially.

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Introducing the 360 Stories Creator Reseller Programme 2018

Simon Brooksbank / 3 months ago

Earn revenue from 360 Stories Last year we were delighted to launch 360 Stories - a complete, self-service tool for easily creating and publishing high-quality branded, interactive 360° videos. We are now offering our creators the opportunity to generate revenue from joining the 360 Stories Creator Reseller Programme. Refer one of your clients to the 360 Stories platform and if they sign up to the PRO or CUSTOM subscription you’ll receive a generous reseller payment. To join and for more information please contact me at simon@blend.media Find out more about 360 Stories below and check out some of the examples. What is 360 Stories? 360 Stories is an easy-to-use tool that makes it possible to add interactive elements, such as linear videos, images, logos or text with clickable links on top of 360° video. Users of 360 Stories can seamlessly access Blend Media's library of over 8,000 premium 360˚ videos directly from the editor to use in their stories, or they can upload their own content or 360˚ photos. Dynamic and interactive stories can be created by linking multiple 360˚ videos together. Once created, your 360 Stories can be published directly to the web without the need for audiences to download other apps or software. Watch the video below for more information about how 360 Stories works:

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Blend Media's Creator Network: 360˚of Opportunity

Simon Brooksbank / 3 months ago

Blend Media provides content and technology that make it easy to create, license and publish user controlled content (interactive 360˚ video, VR and AR content) for audiences across any platform, on any screen. Our clients include Google, L'Oreal, UNILAD, McCANN, NASA and Greenpeace and they trust us to deliver incredible new content experiences. Gaining and maintaining attention has never been harder than in today’s always-on world. Blend Media makes it possible to empower audiences, giving them the ability to actively take control of their experience and discover more from it.

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360˚ Videos to Shoot in Winter/Summer

Simon Brooksbank / 3 months ago

As we build and curate Blend Media's library of 4k-8k 360˚ video content, we’re constantly assessing what content we have in our collection, where the potential gaps are and what our clients are asking for. Bearing in mind that it's currently winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere, my team and I have been doing our research and have pulled together a list of content you should be shooting in 360˚ over the next few months:

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Supporting great creatives from around the world

Simon Brooksbank / 5 months ago

Simon Brooksbank talks about joining Blend and how his team will support content makers around the world I’m thrilled to join the Blend Media team as Head of Video. It’s an unbelievably exciting time to be a part of this rapidly evolving industry. According to reports from Digi-Capital, the market for VR/AR will be worth $108 Billion by 2021. Ultimately, this growth will be driven by the amazing experiences built by passionate creatives around the world. So… who am I, and what is my team aiming to do to support the community of 360˚ and VR video producers?

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