Exploring 360 Video DIY Projects


There are many ways you can enjoy 3D panoramic video in virtual reality without coming out of pocket. I provide some helpful steps for making your own virtual reality headgear and panoramic head. While you wait for cheaper versions of virtual reality headgear and equipment to come out, you can craft up a little something of your own. Order a Google Cardboard kit or one from Dodocase. They come equipped with everything you will need to make your thrifty headgear, including supplies plus templates and instructions. To save even more money, pick your supplies up from a crafting store (even better if you already have them lying around the house) and following these instructions.

DIY Virtual Reality Headgear

To make your own Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, you’ll need a quality pair of 3d videos, spherical lenses designed for VR use, your choice of display (a smartphone with a high resolution screen will do), and housing for the compartment. For the housing, you can use cardboard or a lightweight foam material.

  1. Calculate focal length of lenses
  2. Calculate the width of the frames that will hold your lenses.
  3. To make the top portion of the headset, cut your foam or cardboard in the shape of a rectangle. The dimensions should be the width of the frames and 1 ½ times the width of the lens’ focal point.
  4. For the bottom portion of the headset, also cut out the shape of a rectangle with the same dimensions and an additional 1 cm for the length.
  5. Cut the side pieces the same length as the top portion and the width of the base of the base and top of your phone.
  6. Cut the end piece the length of the glasses and with a length the same size as the phone.
  7. Glue the cut-outs together using a hot glue gun.
  8. Cut out arcs in the headset to accommodate your nose, chin, and forehead.
  9. Attach a strap to the piece to hold it in place.

DIY Panoramic Head

You’ll need:

  • Drill & Drill bits
  • hack saw, screw driver, 1/4-20″ tap
  • 90 degree aluminum square
  • Countersink drill bit
  • A piece of 3/4″  pine board.
  • A piece of 1/4″ plywood
  1. Find your nodal point, which is the center point of the lens around which you will rotate to avoid parallax issues. There are numerous online articles that provide tutorials on finding the nodal point for your particular camera. Once you find the nodal point, sketch the dimensions into this template from DIY Photography.
  2. Use the dimensions you sketched to cut the appropriate measurements for the aluminum square and ¾ “ pine wood. Screw in the ¼ “ plywood.
  3. Screw in the aluminum plywood vertically on the side, which will let the camera rotate.

Hope you enjoyed. DIY projects are the perfect way to relax and watch VR-360 videos.