How to: fader

Virtual Reality and 360 degrees – these have been literally new and different worlds. There are a lot of software that can be used to create and view such content. However, these stories were then either pretty isolated or just to be considered with some extensions in the previous “normal” media world. The software Fader wants to change that.

What is the idea behind it?

Fader is a good step forward, where you can combine 2D content, text, photos, and almost any other common element with 360-degree video or photos. This is a nice thing for journalists. Because there are still hardly any stories that you only want to tell in 360 degrees (or can). Even if you pack most of a story into a 360-degree format, it’s nice and helpful if you can easily add “normal” files as well.

360 degree files can also be titled within the software, giving the whole thing a touch of virtual reality. This can programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, although now synonymous. But just then, if you want to dub a video possibly even later, this feature is very convenient. Otherwise you would have to go back to the video software.


With Fader it is possible to build several scenes on a theme. It makes sense to work with several short video sequences. Apart from that, this is technically not possible in fact: Fader restricts the uploads to one gigabyte per file. Sounds a lot first. But it is not mandatory. I have now made a three-minute video with my GoPro Fusion. Result: almost nine gigabytes. On the other hand: you probably do not want to watch three-minute 360 ​​degrees in a multimedia project.

More on the subject: How to: Scene VR

How does this work?

You do not have to be able to do a lot to use the “fader”. The user interface is intuitive, so it does not matter that the software is initially only available in English. All you have to do is upload a few files and eventually link them to a story. More important than any technical skill is indeed the idea for a good story.

In detail, the whole story is well explained in this tutorial:

In addition, Vragments Vendor offers on his YouTube channel 18 more tutorials. Loublich, on the one hand. On the other hand, it also shows that the depths of Fader are sometimes a bit more complex.

What are the disadvantages?

Fader works well and fluently. In order to keep it that way, the provider recommends using the site primarily with Google Chrome or Firefox. In fact, fader is much less fun on Safari. It is therefore advisable to follow the recommendation. Especially the quirks that has faders on safari cloud some fun with Virtual Reality for Mac users. On the other hand, Fader is funded by the Google News Initiative. Of course you can understand the preference for Chrome almost a bit again. Whereby: Even on Chrome funzt not everything as it should be. Even if the inevitable Jeff Jarvis Fader called entry-level drug into the VR storytelling – there is still room for the startup air.

What does this cost?

Cheap is not the whole thing: Although there is an entry-level account for about 10 euros a month, but is imitated in its possibilities so that it hardly comes into question for serious use. The Pro version costs then 99 euros per month (plus taxes!) And for the Enterprise version then fabulous 999 euros, also plus taxes due. If you just want to try it out and do not want to publish it, you can create such a test account here.

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If you want to seriously tell in VR worlds, it is worth trying Fader. But only if you are busy in a reasonably big store. For lone fighters or small units, the software with prices of up to 12,000 euros per year is simply too expensive. Nevertheless, the idea of ​​Fader is understandable: For said lone fighters or small units, the topic VR is already alone because of the effort that you have to operate it, hardly come into question.

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