AVA360VR (Annotate, Visualise, Analyse 360 Video in VR)

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Making a new project

This is a guide how to create a new project with your own data.

Preparing multimedia assets

How to get your multimedia data ready to add to your AVA360VR project as assets.

Synched versus unsynced media files

All the synced audio and video clips to be used in a project need to be synced together so that they have the same IN and OUT points and therefore they are all of the same time duration. This must be done outside of AVA360VR. We have produced an online video that gives instructions how to synchronise multiple video files and export them as clips with identical IN and OUT timecodes in a non-linear video editor.

Synced 360 video clips

Synced audio clips

Unsynced audio and video clips


Transcripts should be prepared with our software DOTE (Distributed Open Transcription Environment), which is currently in beta-testing (as of May 2021). The transcript projects prepared with DOTE can be opened natively in AVA360VR. First, create a transcript that is synced to the master 360 video for the AVA360VR project you have created. The DOTE transcript project can be created in the Transcript folder and it will automatically be readable within AVA360VR. Moreover, it can be edited live in DOTE on the desktop and refreshed in real-time in the transcript viewer in VR.


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Creating a new project

It is recommended that you store all of your related projects in the same root folder, eg. MY AVA360VR PROJECTS. If you do this, then you can easily jump between projects while in VR using the analysis mapping tool.

After loading AVA360VR, choose Create Project, then select the root folder where all your projects will be stored on your drive, type the project name, select the 360 video file you wish to make the master 360 (it will be copied into the new project automatically), and lastly, give a name for your first analysis. You can have many analyses in one project, eg. each with a different combination of visible video clips, audio clips, drawings, animations, etc.. And you can have multiple versions of the same analysis, eg. indicated with the postfix -NNN, where NNN is an incremental number.

Once the project is created, you can then open any of the analysis versions you have created, reduplicate an analysis version or start a new analysis in the same project.

Each project should contain copies of all the files that available to be imported. The files should be copied into the appropriate folder. Some of these folders will also be where any exported files (eg. recammed 2D video clip, keyframe sequences, screenshot, comic panel generator) will be stored.

Adding files to the new project

Every AVA360VR project has the same folder structure as shown in the following diagram.

AVA360VR folder structure

If you named your project MY PROJECT, then every subfolder is important and should not be renamed. This folder structure will guide you into which folders you need to copy all the files. When you created the project, the master 360 video was copied automatically to the correct subfolder MY PROJECT/Video/Synced360/. With the folder structure generated, you will need to populate it with your assets, ie. copy any other audio-visual files into the correct subfolders. For example, if you have a synced audio file (eg. a wireless microphone), then copy the file into the MY PROJECT/Audio/Synced Audio/ subfolder.

Importing assets in AVA360VR

Once you have completed copying manually all the relevant files, then they will be available in AVA360VR from the IMPORT menu on the left controller.