360° Photos and Video, and Virtual Reality (VR)

What is a Photo Sphere? What is a 360° Video?

  • A Photo Sphere is a 360°, panoramic, immersive image that is created using a camera system that records all 360 degrees of a scene. Once the Photo Sphere is created and shared, viewers can move around within a Photo Sphere to experience it from different angles.
  • A 360° video is created using a camera system that records all 360 degrees of a scene. Once the video is created and shared, viewers can move around within a 360° video to watch it from different angles.

How Do I View 360° Photos and Video?

  • On a computer, dragging with the mouse within the video will change the angle.
  • On mobile devices, dragging a finger across the screen or moving the angle of the phone will change the angle of the video.
  • Using a headset, such as Google Cardboard or other VR Headsets in combination with your smartphone and an app.

What is Virtual Reality (VR)?

Headsets that can be used with smartphones to view 360° video or photos are currently being referred to as VR, because the viewer can become immersed in the 360° content and view it from different angles. This is not true VR, as the user cannot interact with the images and video, but the term is used.

True Virtual Reality is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment that places a viewer inside an experience. Users are immersed and able to move around and interact with 3D worlds using VR headsets.

360° Videos

UIS Prairie Stars Women’s Soccer Camp

In June of 2016, the Prairie Stars Women’s Soccer head coach, Molly Grisham invited girls aged 6 to 12 to participate in a morning summer clinic. We stopped by to catch participants as they built their soccer skills.

Summer camps for many Prairie Stars sports teams occur each summer. Campers receive direct coaching from head Prairie Stars coaches. For questions, please contact the UIS Prairie Stars at 217-206-6674.

The Colonnade

A frequent backdrop for concerts, picnics and other events on campus and a favorite photo opportunity, The Colonnade represents the future aspirations of the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) campus.

Learn more about The Colonnade

Note: If you have Google Cardboard, or another Virtual Reality (VR) headset, you can access these videos through the YouTube app on your smartphone. Choose the headset option in the bottom right corner of the video to view. University of Illinois Springfield 360° Videos are available on the Office of Web Services YouTube Channel 360° Video Playlist.

360° Photo Spheres

Abraham Lincoln “The Young Lawyer” Statue

“The Young Lawyer”, a 6’4″ statue of Abraham Lincoln, is located on the University of Illinois Springfield campus. It was sculpted by renowned artist George Lundeen.

Navigate inside the image to look in all directions or view the image in Google Cardboard or another VR viewer.


Find more photo spheres and information about UIS Sculptures.