Google Cardboard is an introductory step into the world of Virtual Reality. You can insert your phone to the cardboard device to start experiencing 360 degree view of a virtual environment. The immersive experience of VR will be a new trend in Environmental Design.
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Now, let’s try your first VR experience with this Youtube video.
Rendering 360° view on Vray for Rhino
V-Ray for Rhino has a function to render your view on spherical 360° camera. The camera lens angle does not matter as it will render in the very wide fisheye type of lens.
- Move your camera to a place you want to have the view point origin.
- Run “ShowCamera” command to understand where the camera is.
- In V-Ray Option
- Under camera – change Type to Spherical
- Change Override FOV to 360
- Make sure Physical camera is OFF
- Under “Output Size” change image size to 4000×2000 (or 2000×1000 as long as image aspect is 2:1)
- Make sure Image aspect ratio is 2.0
- Render and save the image as .jpg
Converting .jpg image to MP4 video
In order to upload this image onto YouTube, you have to convert the still image to MP4 video file, using this online tool. The duration of the video is optional, but it is safe to make the length to be about 2 minutes. Default value is 15 seconds.
- Open following link Convert JPG to MP4
- Upload your jpg image
- Setup the duration
- Press convert file
Setting up your video for VR
Although your video is 360° view, it is not set up to be seen on youtube as an interactive VR movie. Google has a tool to add Spatial Media Metadata.
- Download the 360 Video Metadata app for Mac or Windows.
- Un-zip the file, then open the 360 Video Metadata app. If you’re on a Mac, you may need to right-click the app and then click Open.
- Select the video file.
- Select the checkbox for Spherical and click Save as. Do not select the “3D Top-bottom” checkbox.
Uploading a video on YouTube
- Press upload button on youtube to upload your VR Video
- The rest is automatic.
- Open the video on Youtube app on your phone, and insert the phone into cardboard.