What Is Virtual Reality Video?

Well, it's video that is more immersive than you can possibly imagine.

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What Is Virtual Reality Video?

VR videos are immersive video content that is accessed through using VR headsets. These are not like your ordinary video. Virtual reality videos create an illusion. The user feels like they are a part of the video, a part of the world they see. But these images a user sees are just 3D images generated by computer technology.

However, the viewing of these 3D videos is not restricted to just computer or television screens. Depending on the kind of content being watched and the type of video, users can even interact with the video.

Virtual reality videos can be produced at the beginning as the video is being recorded. They can also be captured through the use of 360 degrees cameras. Many of these VR videos are made from computer-generated content. This is done by using VR immersive video applications. But the formats of these videos can vary depending on the software you use and the device that produced the VR videos in the first place.

The main difference between regular videos and VR videos is the type of camera used. For virtual reality videos, specialist cameras called omnidirectional cameras are operated. As the name suggests, these film every direction at once.

Even when you get your hands on an omnidirectional camera, there are a wide variety of filming techniques available. There are also two types of VR video:

  • Monoscopic
  • Stereoscopic

Monoscopic is when one image is directed to both eyes at the same time.

Stereoscopic is when there are two images and they are pointed toward each eye separately.

Monoscopic VR is very effective at capturing dynamic movements. Moreover, there is no need for a VR headset with this type of VR video. This is why so many people prefer monoscopic videos as they are versatile and extremely useful for many applications such as social media and website uploads.

Stereoscopic VR videos offer a greater immersive experience for the user. These produce a 3D effect. Videos appear closer than others making you feel like you are in the video and can touch certain objects. This effect is more effective at closely resembling how we see the world with our eyes. However, stereoscopic videos tend to take longer to plan as well as film because of their complex technology and nature. Unlike monoscopic videos, stereoscopic VR requires a headset to be viewed properly.

Where To Get Virtual Reality Videos

So, you’ve bought your virtual reality headset or glasses. You’re ready to immerse yourself in the world of VR. But you have no videos to experience these wonders. Luckily, virtual reality videos are easier to find than ever before thanks to advances in the internet.

Different platforms offer all kinds of VR videos. It’s just about knowing which ones will have the videos to suit you best.

One platform is the Oculus Experience. Oculus Rift is one of the latest installments of headgear for you to experience the internet as an alternate reality. The Oculus website is a platform from which you can utilize your headset and watch VR videos or play VR games to your heart’s content. There is even an education platform all in the wonders of virtual reality. Users can plug in their smartphones and hook up the headgear and enjoy all types of VR entertainment from the Oculus website.

Youtube is another excellent platform for watching 360-degree VR videos. Youtube has created a new and exciting way to watch their favorite live streaming videos and enter the world of what they’re witnessing. All you need to do is click on the video and move it around to experience a full panoramic view. Here, you will delve deeper into virtual reality and 3D experience. By using a Google or cardboard viewer, your experience will be even more impressive. With the use of Spatial Audio, viewer’s sounds will come from all directions, just as if they were in that environment themselves.

Believe it or not but you can enjoy full 360-degree videos on the social media giant Facebook. Back in September 2015, Facebook allowed hundreds of millions of users to enjoy 360-degree view videos. By clicking and dragging your mouse in any direction of the video, you can see anywhere around you. Just like you were in your friend’s video. If you’re using a smartphone or other mobile devices, you can touch the screen and move it around. You can even turn the device sideways and the video will move with you.

LittlsStar is a virtual reality content hub. It allows viewers to use headgear such as Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, PS 4’s, or HTC Vive to watch VR videos. Users will be submerged into an outstanding 3D experience. LittlStar also has apps for Apple devices and Android. They boldly claim that mobile devices are going to be the ultimate way to view 360-degree videos in the future. These apps use a gyroscope, a touchpad, and a Google cardboard device for users to immerse themselves in the videos.

There is no surprise that entertainment giants Disney are putting millions of dollars into their VR startups. One startup which has been helped immeasurably is Jaunt VR. This is a content creator for the world of virtual reality. With their state-of-the-art video recording camera, the Jaunt One, the company claims to have the ultimate cinematic solution. The website shows off several videos with ABC and ESPN as well as other media platforms. Jaunt VR is a technology-based collaborative hub of VR videos. You can take advantage of Jaunt’s videos by using Oculus Rift as well as many other VR headsets. You just need to download the Jaunt VR app and enjoy it from your Apple or Android device. Or you can get it on Vive, Gear VR, or for Oculus. It is entirely up to you but check out their extensive VR videos and offerings first to find what you’re looking for.

Andrew is one of three co-founders of AlbMedia, the parent company of PCWer. A keen gamer and PC enthusiast, Andrew dabbles in a bit of writing sometimes - when he gets the chance to!