360 videos. You choose the point of view

360º videos are the content that is beginning to generate maximum viralization. The reason is obvious, until now only large productions used it, but the main reason is that until now there was no equally impactful way to reproduce such content. Now yes; the virtual glasses.

A 360º video, also known as immersive or spherical video, is achieved by recording a real scene at 360 degrees. Once we play it back on the virtual glasses(Oculus Rift, CardboardThe result is a content capable of offering the user the experience of living the whole video in first person, from inside the scene and controlling the direction of the camera and its speed. Any point of view is available to the viewer and he becomes an active part of the video, since he will choose the direction he wants the video to take.

Image processing is the key element. The sequences are shot with a set of HD subjective cameras oriented at all the right angles to capture the whole point of view of what will be the main subject. Once we have the raw video we enter a complex process of post-production and optimization to achieve the continuous spherical effect in all sequences at a constant speed of action to give high quality results.

How to export videos for the Oculus?

The image of the 360 video, needs an equirectangular video size, i.e. it must be around 2560 × 1280 to fit the resolution of the Oculus Rift. As a tip; if you want to prepare your videos for the next model of the Oculus goggles, it is best to aim for a resolution of 3840 × 1920.

The framerate for this type of videos is an important element to create sequences that then give a good result at an immersive level. For this we should work mostly with recordings of 50 or 60 frames per second instead of 25 or 30. Note that the Oculus display can update the view faster than video, due to the OpenGL layer of motion manipulation, which has a fast frame rate that helps increase the sense of immersion. It is worth mentioning that it is also important to have recent and relatively fast equipment to decode 4k videos in real time.

Let’s see an example from Youtube of the group Noa Neal that they recorded the first interactive video clip in 360 degree format. (ATTENTION: To view this video in 360 motion you must play it from the Chrome browser. To scroll through the video, in the direction you want to move, use the mouse of your computer. If you view it from an android cell phone you can use the movement of the phone to scroll through the video).

This video was shot with GoPro HERO3 and the sequences were synchronized with Kolor Autopano software.

This example of 360º 4K video clip was made for Youtube, but Mark Zuckerberg announced at the F8 conference for developers, that very soon videos shared on Facebook will be more real allowing the user to live it as if he were inside the sequence. This move, from the most used social network in the world, is strategically designed to accompany the worldwide launch of its latest acquisition; the Oculus Rift.

Two Reality is your virtual reality and 360 video development agency. We have extensive experience in capturing stunning events and locations using the latest 360-degree imaging equipment that can then be viewed with any type of virtual glasses to provide a fully immersive experience as a result.

Thanks to the technology of our 360 video agency, it offers us the opportunity to transport us to exotic destinations, to participate in events or fairs comfortably from the sofa of our home, to visit cities on the other side of the world or places of difficult access.

Two Reality creates 360-degree content for all virtual reality devices; immersing the viewer in a sensory experience they will never forget. 360 videos. If you want more information on how these immersive or spherical videos are recorded and how you can get the most out of your content with virtual glasses, as always, don’t hesitate to ask us!