Tip: When adding videospheres to your Vizible Asset Library, make sure you select either “Spherical” or “Spherical 3D” as the asset sub-type.
A videosphere is video content that is recorded in all directions at once. This creates a much more immersive experience over 2D videos, as the user can freely look around and view content in a more true to life way. Videospheres can be either monoscopic or stereoscopic. Monoscopic video is a single image and has no depth, while stereoscopic displays two images one for each eye, to give a sense of depth.
It is important to note that resolution in 360 is much lower than what it would look like on a flat screen, as the image is stretched around you and each eye is only getting half of the resolution (for instance a 1080p video in this format will actually appear at around 270p to your eye).
Videosphere files follow the same constraints regular video files in terms of format (.avi, .mpg, .mpeg, or .mp4). For more information see importing video files.
Videospheres also provide support for 3D. Currently, we support only the over/under stereo format.
You can use the same conversion tools you would use for regular videos in order to convert videospheres.
To create a videosphere you can either use an omnidirectional camera (such as the Gear 360 or Ricoh Theta) or a collection of cameras mounted together on a rig. Cameras can range in price from the Jaunt “OneVR” at around 100K to the 360Fly at $150. The content must be “stitched” together in order to be displayed. Many new cameras will automatically stitch the content for you (Gear 360 will do an auto stitch if you have a Samsung phone and the Gear 360 app, Ricoh Theta will auto stitch as you export), but for many custom rigs you have to use software such as “Video Stitch” or “Auto Kolor Pano” to prepare your video.
Here is a short list of some 360 Cameras:
Consumer priced, monoscopic 360 (less than around $200)
Consumer Priced, Stereoscopic 360 (between around $200 and $800)
High End (more than around $800)
To add a videosphere to your Vizible Presentation, upload your asset as usual (by dragging a file into the asset window). When adding your asset, make sure either “Spherical” or “Spherical 3D” is selected as your sub-type. You can add files of the type avi, mpg, mpeg, and mp4.
Two Handed Controls (for Oculus Touch and Vive):
When presenting, use the Remote Tool to play the videosphere. This tool will allow you to play any video that your hand has a line of sight to (imagine a straight line from your hand to a video). When your hand has a line of sight, your tool will change to show two buttons: one to maximize the video, and one to play. Tap on the button you wish to use, or use the trigger button to toggle an action.
One Handed Controls (for PPT Walking and Desktop):
Similar to the two handed controls, use the Remote Tool. Instead of tapping on the buttons you either use the D-pad on the PPT wand and trigger to select, or WASD and left mouse if in desktop mode.