Creating VR Content for Beginners

Matcha Design - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Creating VR content does not have to be a daunting task, it can be fun and fulfilling if done the right way. Most people struggle with limited budget and are too afraid to take risks. Some are even content with their smartphones and deter from getting involved in the Virtual reality business, however, the task can be very rewarding and has become easier than ever before.

Virtual Reality is an alternate universe where dreams dare to come true, or more logically, where computers are used to create simulations of real life environments. The experience is often phenomenal and realistic with users interacting with the 3D world. Virtual reality is for storytellers, filmmakers, game developers and every enthusiast who wants to envision the thrilling world.

There are two ways of creating Virtual Reality content for apps and other devices. One way is taking a 360-degree immersive video and the other is making a 3D animation.

The 360-degree video solution is cheaper since the only cost goes towards camera needs and editing or processing costs. It is also particularly helpful if the video footage you want to capture is that of a real world event occurring in real time such as a charity event or a Coldplay concert. All you need, to begin with, is a 360-degree spherical camera such as the RICOH THETA.  A high-quality camera is not only vital it is a prerequisite for virtual reality content. Making sure the camera is in a smooth position and does not undergo a lot of movement as it disrupts with video quality. You must ensure even movements otherwise for the user it can cause a lot of motion sickness, remember Blair witch project?

In order to ensure the video remains even you can either place it on a tripod or use a drone for footage. You can even place the camera on the cameraman and this will ensure that the level of the video remains stable. One of the best VR video editing tools on the market is Videostitch that can really help with the quality of the video. If a video cannot be made in the real world setting then you can use 3D animation.

3D animations help users look around and give more of a real feel to the setting as you can move around instead of being pinned at one spot.  Users can also lean forward and get a closer look at things around just like they normally would in real life. Structure sensor is an easy tool that can help you fix your camera to a tablet and works as a 3D scanner. Another way to make 3D VR experience is through game engines such as Unreal Engine and Unity.  These apart from game construction can also be used to make interior decorations. If you are an Adobe’s After Effects user and like to venture into the VR production, you can check out Skybox Studio from Mettle.

In addition to these two techniques, there are also professional companies that can make the content for you. Such include the Matterport that is used primarily by real estate companies and hotel businesses. Virtual reality is the new black of tomorrow and has started impacting our lives. With these two easy ways, even you can implement it in your life being a beginner.

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