All software recognizes and processes 360 photos and videos by looking for camera-specific metadata found when taken using 360-ready cameras. This information is embedded in the Exif (Exchangeable image file format) metadata tags, and if you’re sharing 360 photos straight from camera to the likes of Facebook or youtube, it should automatically process and present them as interactive 360 photos.
However, when metadata has been stripped or never existed in the first place, software may not be able to tell that your photo or video is 360. Commonly metadata is stripped during editing, but other workflows can also strip metadata.
To inject metadata, you’ll need to edit the XMP tags in the Exif data. There are numerous ways to do it these days, but here are the options i have always used:
- Exif Fixer, it reads the full metadata from a selected JPEG or PNG image, and if the required elements are missing it can add them for you with a single click. Plus if you have a load of photos you need fixing, you can batch process them all at once. When you download it you get a zip file, just extract it to where you want on your computer and open the .exe. My Windows smart defender did warn me it was unrecognised, but just select run anyway, it’s perfectly safe.
- the eXif.er, This allows you to upload; view, edit, and save metadata; and download your modified image. You can also correct GPS location.
- Using the Spatial Media Metadata Injector adds metadata to a video file indicating that the file contains 360 video. Googles simple UI for easy 360 metadata injecting into your videos. Just download the zip file and double click to open it. Then just hit the open button, select your video with missing metadata, make sure you’ve checked the video is 360 and hit the inject button. Just sit back and wait, Its as simple as that.