Frequently Asked Questions

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Master FDDB in 4 Easy Steps

FDDB Membership

We are strongly committed to put no limits in front of creativity, passion and quality: institutions, planetariums, artists, private companies, independent filmmakers, students… anyone can join and add content to FDDB.

Simply put, FDDB maximizes your chances to be found by people who may be interested on your work.

  • FDDB is deeply focused on fulldome content, venues and news
    With 300+ fulldome shows listed, and a huge variety of planetariums and digital dome theatres, FDDB is provides an effective resource where people can get information about anything happening in the fulldome world.
  • FDDB is a very powerful tool
    Conceived and designed as a social network for fulldomers, FDDB provides a great environment where all existing fulldome shows can be browsed dynamically not only by title, but also by numerous parameters: “genre”, “content”, “video format”, “license type”, “target audience”, etc.
  • FDDB allows you to increase the visibility of your work
    Planetarium Managers and fulldome enthusiasts can get a better picture of what’s out there on the market and will be able to quickly pinpoint their interests and explore new ones. Statistics show high traffic volumes from all over the world: all continents have made their way to FDDB.
  • … because it’s free!
    Wait… what?!
    Yes, it’s free.
Nothing. FDDB is a free service, both to users and producers.
Registering to FDDB is completely free: we don’t ask for your credit card details, we don’t make you pay for upgrades or pro accounts, and you won’t spend a penny to add your content to the site or search the database.
There are no hidden costs behind FDDB.
Easy! Signup to FDDB and create your own account to start enjoying FDDB at its best.
We recommend you to register to FDDB with your business account, rather than your personal one.

Managing Content

Easy:

  1. Login in to your account
  2. Click on “+ Add Content” and then “News & Stories” in black top menu bar
  3. Fill in the web form and submit it
  4. … done!
Easy:

  1. Login in to your account
  2. Click on “+ Add Content” and then “Fulldome Content” in black top menu bar
  3. Fill in the web form and submit it
  4. Provide the required media material via our FDDB WeTransfer portal
  5. … done!

Once your entry is published on FDDB, visit the public page of your entry: you will be able to tag yourself and create connections with yours and other organizations and planetariums. Invite your colleauges to tag themselves too!

Easy:

  1. Login in to your account
  2. Visit your production detail’s page and click on “+ Add Award”
  3. Fill in the web form and submit it
  4. … done!
Easy:

  1. Login in to your account
  2. Make sure your planetarium / digital dome is not listed in the Domes section: if it is, claim its ownership with the button you’ll find at the top of the page and please wait till your request is approved; if it’s not, follow the steps below
  3. Click on “+ Add Content” and then “Dome | Organization” in the black top menu bar
  4. Fill in the web form with general information about your Organization and submit it
  5. You will access a second web form to provide information about your dome system: fill it in and submit it
  6. … done!

Once your entry is published on FDDB, visit the public page of your entry: you will be able to tag yourself and create connections with yours and other’s fulldome productions. Invite your colleauges to tag themselves too!

Easy:

  1. Login in to your account
  2. Make sure your company is not listed in the “Organizations” section: if it is, claim its ownership with the button you’ll find at the top of the page and please wait till your request is approved; if it’s not, follow the steps below
  3. Click on “+ Add Content” and then “Dome | Organization” in the black top menu bar
  4. Fill in the web form with general information about your Company and submit it
  5. … done!

Once your entry is published on FDDB, visit the public page of your entry: you will be able to tag yourself and create connections with your fulldome productions. Invite your colleauges to tag themselves too!

Easy:

  1. Login in to your account
  2. Click on “+ Add Content” and then “Dome | Organization”” in the black top menu bar
  3. Fill in the web form with information about Industry Association and submit it
  4. … done!

Once your entry is published on FDDB, visit the public page of your entry: you will be able to tag yourself. Invite your colleauges to tag themselves too!

Easy:

  1. Login in to your account
  2. Click on “+ Add Content” and then “Event” in the black top menu bar
  3. Fill in the web form with information about Industry Association and submit it
  4. … done!

Once your entry is published on FDDB, visit the public page of your entry: you will be able to tag yourself. Invite your colleauges to tag themselves too!

Sure! All information at FDDB can be updated at any time – free of charge. To do so, follow the following steps:

  1. Login in to your account
  2. Go to your “My Content” page
  3. Click on the “Edit” button of the content you’d like to edit
  4. Make all the changes you want
  5. Submit it and… done!

Media material

Here’s the list of media files to share:

Media File File format Resolution Audio
low-res fulldome trailer AVI/MOV fisheye, 512×512 stereo
low-res full length show AVI/MOV fisheye, 512×512 stereo
flat trailer AVI/MOV 16:9, 1920×1080 stereo
high resolution poster PNG highest available     –

 

Because a lot of people enjoy it and this can help you promoting your productions even further. As official posters provide full information about you, it’s a great way to promote both your work and your brand.

The FDDB web engine is built to bring higher visibility to entries that feature media files.

That’s because such entries are more useful for planetarium managers to get the idea of what your production is about. This maximizes chances to get more people inquiring you about the show, increasing sales.

An entry listed with a trailer will enjoy 5 times more visibility than one without it. An entry with both the trailer and a low-res full-length preview will enjoy 30 times more visibility than one with no previews at all.
To add video and media files to your entry on FDDB, please send them via our FDDB WeTransfer portal.

A standard mask will be used to cover everything outside the fisheye circle, because at 512×512 pixels resolution timecodes and other items are unreadable and unsightly.

By applying the mask, we ensure all videos appear uniform and consistent, allowing the user to focus on your content with no distractions.

Yet we believe it’s important producers are properly credited and so all videos are accompanied by the producer’s link and logo. This way both you and your content receive high visibility within the fulldome community.

Since we don’t want to interfere with the market, each preview clearly states that FDDB did not produce the piece and does not sell it.

About FDDB

FDDB stands for “Fulldome Database”, which is an exciting and friendly resource for people who are passionate about fulldome.

FDDB’s mission is to spread fulldome awareness and help incite fulldome innovation within and beyond the global fulldome community.

FDDB is for everyone interested in the fulldome medium: planetarians, artists, science center & museum operators, private companies, independent filmmakers, students… you name it!

Anyone can join FDDB and connect with the international fulldome community.

Nope. FDDB is impartial and neutral. We don’t sell or distribute screening licenses, nor any other kind of copyrighted materials.

Once upon a time (back in March 2011) a crazy Italian planetarian attended the Fulldome UK festival in Birmingham, England (which was also his first-ever international event). He was astounded to meet so many people interested in the fulldome medium and was delighted to encounter others who shared his view that domes are now able to transcend astronomy-related topics – inspiring and communicating in whole new ways.

All attendees left Fulldome UK 2011 with one question in mind: “What can each of us do to help grow fulldome interest and fulldome audiences?”

The Fulldome Database was this Italian planetarian’s answer and consequently everyone lived happily ever after.

To become rich, of course. We have always dreamt of buying a Ferrari, building a nice swimming pool and purchasing a ticket to fly into space.

No, seriously, FDDB comes as a free service: no money is involved with sharing information in the database. Let’s focus on keeping up the good work!

Attention!

If you should need any further information, please feel free to get in touch with us: we’ll be happy to help you out!