FDDB Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS FDDB?
FDDB 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 while focusing on content.
WHO IS FDDB FOR?
FDDB is for everyone interested in the fulldome medium: planetarians, science center & museum operators, private companies, independent filmmakers, students…. you name it!
Anyone can join FDDB: it’s a great way to connect with the fulldome community.
Who can have fulldome productions listed in FDDB?
We are strongly committed to put no limits in front of creativity, passion and quality: institutions, planetariums, private companies, independent filmmakers, students… anyone can add content to FDDB.
Why should I add my fulldome productions to FDDB?
- Because FDDB is the only resource deeply focused on fulldome content
With more than 200 shows listed, and more than 90 international producers, FDDB is a show-oriented website that provides an online database where people can get information about all existing fulldome shows.
- Because FDDB is a very powerful tool
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”, “production company”, “director”, etc.
- Because FDDB allows you to increase the visibility of your fulldome productions
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!
Yes, it’s free.
FDDB comes as a free service, both to users as well as producers. No registration is required, either to submit fulldome content or search and use the database.
The Fulldome Database maximizes producers’ chances to be found by people who are interested on their productions.
How do I add my fulldome shows to FDDB?
Adding your shows to FDDB is a very straightforward process which won’t take more than a few minutes. The whole process consists of two simple steps:
- provide information about your show(s)
- provide the related media files
How do I provide information about my shows?
Can I update my data after the first submission?
Sure! All information at FDDB can be updated at any time – free of charge. To do so, just send an email to and inquire about it, we’ll be happy to follow up with you.
Why should I share trailers and full length videos?
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 a out The show.
Why should I share high resolution posters of my shows?
Because lots 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.
What media files are required to be shared?
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||-|
How do I submit my videos?
To share video and media files with FDDB, please send us a link to download your material. We suggest you use WeTransfer.com, a free and easy service for sharing files up to 2GB.
If you prefer, you can use FTP, Dropbox, RapidShare or MediaFire.
All downloadable links must be sent to
Please note that we do not accept YouTube/Vimeo links as their terms and conditions do not allow video downloads. In order to provide a faster and reliable service, as well as a complete user experience, FDDB does not embed videos from any external sources.
How will my videos be edited?
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 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.
Finally, as 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.
What about watermarks?
Even though most producers are confident that a resolution of 512px is small enough to avoid fraudulent usage, we chose to further protect your content by applying two types of watermark to full-length video previews:
- a graphic disclaimer for the full length of the piece stating:
“For evaluation only – No public screening allowed.”
- an audio disclaimer every five minutes that says:
“This preview is for evaluation only and cannot be used for public screening.”
What about credits and copyrights?
We are very concerned about credits and copyrights, that’s why we require information about producers to be submitted too, so that full credits can be given.
Because each show features full credits about its producers, Planetarium Managers can easily get in touch with the producers and inquire about the show.
You can read more about this topic on our Credits page.
Will FDDB sell/distribute my videos?
Nope, we are all about creativity and content: FDDB does not sell or distribute screening licenses, nor any other kind of copyrighted materials. Our main goal is to allow worldwide planetarium managers to know what’s out there on the market.
How did this crazy FDDB idea come about?
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?”
FDDB – The Fulldome Database was this Italian planetarian’s answer and consequently everyone lived happily ever after.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
FDDB is a free service, both to users and producers. No registration is required, either to submit fulldome content or to search and use the database.
Is there any hidden costs I’ll be charged of?
The service comes free of charge, both to producers as well as to FDDB visitors. Period.
So why does FDDB do what it does?
To become rich, of course. We have always dreamt of buying a Ferrari, building a nice swimming pool and purhchasing 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!