The Google Earth Pro Pilot

Video production was also used to create instructional videos that we storyboarded. View the video below — “ Why Monitor Rangeland Health? ”— and compare it to the storyboarded product previously highlighted.

Instructional video: “Why Monitor Rangeland Health?”


360-Degree Imagery

Our team also created innovative curriculum by immersing participants in a virtual sagebrush steppe location using 360-degree images. Each team member had the equipment necessary to capture 360-degree of rangeland landscapes. These served as virtual experiences in Modules 2 and 3. The hardware equipment used to capture images included a Nikon D810 DSLR camera with a Nikon AF- NIKKOR 20mm lens that sat on a Nodal Ninja Ultimate M2 Panoramic Head with RD8-II Rotator. The camera, with lens, and panoramic head sat on a light yet sturdy tripod (we used a Manfrotto tripod). Once the camera was set up and calibrated on the tripod, we collected 30 high-quality images to process on the computer.

Creating a 360-degree image using PTGui software

Once images were on the computer, we used a proprietary software — PTGui — to stitch the pictures together to make an equirectangular that would work with software to convert it to a virtual experience. We even incorporated these 360-images into educational videos highlighting ecological threats.


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