If you had wanted to film your own VR experience in 2016 when HTC and Oculus released the first consumer VR headsets, you either needed a spare $60k to buy a professional VR camera or deal with the nightmare of engineering your own custom camera rig while possessing the computer programming abilities to film, stitch and edit the monster files you had created. Oh, don't forget the $700 headset itself and the quantum computer required to make it all work! Thankfully a lot can change in 4 years..
Now anyone can become a VR content creator, all you need is this quintessential list of (affordable!) equipment and you will be creating; virtual reality tours, 3D Videos, little planets and VR180 experiences in no time! Let's get started;
If you read the last article (check it out here if you missed it) you will be aware there are a variety of immersive VR formats - 360, 3D, VR180 etc.
The Dual 3D & 360 Camera Vuze XR from Humaneyes gives you complete creative control with the option to switch between 360 and stereoscopic 3D shooting modes with the touch of a button. The Vuze XR camera supports a variety of shooting modes including seamless 60fps and super high resolution 5.7k. You also benefit from its advanced 6-axis gyro stabilization technology which creates a smooth viewing experience so you can just focus on being creative.
Capturing high quality virtual reality content means you need a high quality memory card to store it on! You will want to use the maximum bit rate speed (120MB\s) at all times when recording and therefore will need an Ultra High Speed microSD Card with U3 Speed Class Mark. (see image below).
The below cards have been full tested for use with the Vuze XR;
SamsungEVO Plus v2 MicroSDXC UHS-I U3 256GB
SamsungPRO Plus MicroSDXC UHS-I U3 64GB
SandiskExtreme MicroSDXC UHS-I U3 A2 V30 64GB
SanDiskExtreme Pro MicroSDXC UHS-I U3 A1 V30 128GB
Sandisk Extreme Pro MicroSDXC UHS-II U3 64GB
I know what your thinking but trust us.. besides this selfie stick is magic! Tourists may have given them a bad name but the humble selfie stick will allow you to create stunning editing effects and impossible shots! The selfie stick turns your 360 camera into your very own film crew and when screwed into a tripod will double up as a monopod offering you complete flexibility.
Editing Suite (Smartphone & Desktop or Notebook Computer):
The Vuze XR app for Android and iOS provides enhanced storytelling tools so you can share your story as it happens. The apps director's cut mode allows you to crop, adjust, reframe and share your pictures and videos quickly and intuitively. However when you want to channel your inner Spielberg and create your VR magnum opus you will want to transfer your footage on to a desktop or notebook computer. Humaneyes once again has you covered with Vuze Studio. Powerful software for advanced stitching, image enhancement and video rendering of full 5.7k footage.
No longer is this advanced editing limited to the IBM Summits’ of the world but at the very minimum your machine should have 4GB RAM and a 3GB GPU. For optimal performance its recommended to have a PC with Windows 10 (or higher), 8 GB RAM or higher, Fast discrete GPU (NVIDIA,AMD) with 3GB RAM, DirectX 11, OpenCL 1.2, and the most recent drivers.
Finally to watch back your immersive VR content you will need some kind of Virtual Reality headset to watch it on! VR is now accessible via a varighty of solutions and really depends on what else you want to get out of your VR experience. An entry level device could be as simple as a viewing solution for your smartphone or an all in one device like the Oculus Go or Vive Focus. Gaming enthusiasts may look to build on their existing hardware, Console gamers can look to the PSVR for Playstation 4 while the Oculus Rift S or HTC Vive Cosmos may be the headset of choice for the PC master race.
Our recommendation would be the Oculus series of headsets from Facebook. Oculus ‘Go’ is the perfect introduction for VR beginners providing a rich experience for minimal cost. The Oculus Quest meanwhile feels like the future of VR with high quality gaming experiences, complete freedom of movement and more exciting updates just on the horizon. Most importantly both GO and Quest support the same 3D resolution as the Vuze XR (5.7k), have DLNA link which allows you to wirelessly connect to the camera from the headset (Learn How) and seamlessly integrate to VR content platforms like YouTube and VeeR.