Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Glossary and Tools

Below is a list of immersive technology terminology and tools

  • 360° - 360° refers to photographs or video which includes a full 360 degree panorama of the camera. The viewer is able to choose the direction in which they are looking.
  • Virtual Reality (VR) - Virtual reality fully three-dimensional simulated environments
  • Augmented Reality (AR) - AR two and three-dimensional content is overlayed on real scenes and objects
  • Mixed Reality (MR) - MR, like with AR digital imagery is overlaid on real life however, MR differs from AR in that the digital information
  • Extended Reality (XR) - XR is a catch all term for VR, AR, MR and 360.
  • Video Editing - Using software to alter recorded video. For example combing clips to form one clip or adding titles.
  • Cloud Storage - Storing data using comuters 
  • File Size - The total size or space that your file take sup on your computers hard drive. nb. The estimated file sizes can often be quite different to the finished file size when rendering 360° for example.
  • File Conversion - Using software to change the file type to be readable by other software or to reduce the file size. For example, exporting audio to MP3.
  • File Types - Video and audio both have many different types of file, each having their benefits. There are many standrads though some devices will use propriatory file types. It's useful to be aware of these before recording.
  • Video RAM - Particularly with intensive image or video work, the amount of video RAM can be more important that the RAM. See guideance on the GoPro recommended system requirements for more info.
  • Download Speed - The speed at which a file downloads from the internet. eg. 50Mbps. Higher is faster.
  • Upload speed - Often much slower than the download speed, this is the speed at which a file takes to upload to the internet ie. YouTube.
  • Hosting - Uploading your files to be viewable on the internet. For example YouTube for videos or Flickr for images.

Links will direct you to ITS information pages where appropriate.

  • Video Editing - Programs are available for both mobile devices and for desktop. They range in features and complexity, but all will allow at least basic functionality such as adding titles, trimming clips, stitching separate clips together and adding audio. Below are just a few examples.

  • Photo Editing - Applications that will allow you to do everything from resizing to recolouring and even combining. These can be useful if you want to add text to images or prepare them for social media. The tools for 360º can be harder to find, but some will allow you to add text, recolour or create ‘Little Planet’ pictures.

  • Cloud Storage

    • ITS have a great page comparing various cloud storage solutions which are supported by ITS.

  • Speedchecker - Handy if you are unsure as to how fast your internet connection is or to understand why something may be slower than you expect.

  • Hosting - If you want to have your images and videos somewhere they can be viewed by others on the internet, you’ll want to host the files somewhere online.

  • AR Creating - Here are a small selection of tools that allow you to create Augmented Reality experiences

  • VR Creating - Tools that can be used to create Virtual Reality Experiences.

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