Scene collections are how we organize our scenes. Scenes are individual photos or videos. They can have settings that make them ready to use in courses. We keep them separate from courses so they can be re-used and to suit the workflow of uploading all the scenes from a shoot in one go then organizing and adding to a course when they're ready. This process is designed to make your life as easy as possible and enable you to re-use scenes from previous shoots to make other courses. Create a new collection for each shoot or location, so the scenes are easy to find in the future.
Often you will have one collection for each course, but you can also have collections for storing other files that could be used and you can have multiple collections for a course if there are multiple shoots, etc. Think of them as folders for finding scenes at a later date.
You can access scene collections from the home screen on the left. Either open an existing one or click New Collection to create a new one.
When you are in a collection view. You can see all of the scenes in that collection and you can select another collection from the dropdown. You can update the collection name, try and keep it simple but make it relevant so you can find it later.
Either drag your files into the main window or click the UPLOAD button to select the files you want to upload. When you upload photos they are generally available as soon as they have uploaded and you should see the image show on the scene. Videos take longer to upload and we process them into multiple formats and resolutions, a spinning cog will show to let you know the video is uploaded and is processing. When they are ready a thumbnail will show.
When scenes are ready to view, double click to open (or click … and click edit)
The Scene Editor
The first thing to do when you get the scene open is to give it a useful name. If you are keeping a scene list, call it s4t3 for scene 4 take 3 for example or something easy to match with the course later.
Changes made in the scene editor will be the defaults that are applied every time the scene is used in a course.
If your scene is a video or has audio, you will have media controls top right. In the bottom tab, you have the controls for editing the video or image.
- Set initial view: If the scene is a 360 video or photo, drag the scene to point in the direction you wish it to start from, then click this button. This will also update the scene thumbnail used in the admin tools.
- Brightness and Contrast: You can adjust the brightness and contrast of your video or photo to make it easier to view or more suitable for the look you want.
- Scene type: Select the scene type depending on what type of photo or video you have:
- Standard: A photo or video filmed with a normal camera or mobile phone.
- 360: A photo or video shot with a 360 camera and stitched into an equirectangular.
- Go Pro: If you have shot the video with a standard GoPro and want an immersive effect, this will distort the video or photo and project it to it behaves a bit like a 360.
You can change the start and end times of the video here. Drag the ends of the blue bar to change where you want the video to start. The wave diagram shows the sound volume in the video. You can use this to see where speaking starts or there is a sound like a clap you are waiting for.
When you have changed the video length, you will give a prompt to reprocess the video footage. If you click yes, you will start a process to make a copy of the video at the length you have chosen. If the changes are small, it may not be worth re-processing, but if they are larger changes (more than 3 seconds) it will improve the speed the video loads and reduces the time to preload the video.
While processing you will not be able to make any other changes to the video, so make sure you only start this process when you are ready. It will take some time to process and when the video is ready the spinning cog icon will disappear.
You can also set the volume for the video by clicking the volume settings.