Saturday, December 10, 2016
Oculus has been adamant that the Oculus Rift requires three USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port. However, it appears not only that the Rift and Touch can work with just USB 2.0, but that it may even perform better for some PCs! (In my case, it solved missing sound from the headphones and random disconnections.)
Friday, December 9, 2016
As promised by Nikon, they have issued an update to the firmware and app to address connectivity issues with the Keymission 360 (reviewed here).
Here is the link for the firmware: http://downloadcenter.
To update the app, go to your smartphone app store.
I will update this post after testing the new firmware and app.
B. Braun Future Operating Room is a newly-released free VR experience where you become a surgeon in a future operating room, using nanobots and other tools to treat your patient. The app is a free download on Steam and is available for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift (Oculus Touch required).
If you're buying a used Oculus Rift or HTC Vive (or even a new one), one of the things you ought to check for is that all the infrared lights work. Here's how.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
In celebration of winter, you can now add a 3D snow or 3D snowflake effect to your Ricoh Theta's 360 photos! To add the effect, upload your shot to theta360.com then add the hashtag #snow3d for snow or #snowcrystal3d for snowflakes.
On this 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, TIME and Life VR are releasing a VR experience that allows you to relive Pearl Harbor from the eyes of Lt. James Downing, the second-oldest living American survivor of Pearl Harbor at 103 years old.
The Khronos Group is a consortium that creates royalty-free open standards for graphics and other application. Among the standards it has created are Vulkan, OpenGL, OpenCL, and WebGL.
Khronos announced that they are developing a standard to allow VR apps and game engines to work across different VR hardware such as headsets and motion controllers. Ideally, this could mean that software developers can develop a single app that could be used in several VR headsets, thus increasing the audience for each game and making VR development more commercially viable.
If you're buying a used 360 camera (or even a new one), you need to check the lens carefully. Here's something you absolutely must do to check the lens for scratches.
Hardware titans of the VR industry came together to form the Global Virtual Reality Association, but a major player was left out.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Learn about 360 filmmaking and livestreaming from these experts in these free masterclasses, sponsored by Nokia and Upload VR:
- 360 Filmmaking Best Practices with Alex Henning (Dec. 13, 7pm PST).
- How to Live Stream a Concern in VR with Juan Santillan (Dec. 15, 7pm PST).
The classes will be broadcast on YouTube in 360 format. Here is the link to register.
For the highest 360 video quality, professionals still use rigs, and for component cameras, full frame cameras offer unparalleled quality. The Sumo360 is a 3D-printed rig designed to be used with four full frame Sony A7S II mirrorless cameras renowned for their low-light capabilities.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
You can now connect the Ricoh Theta S or Theta SC to a Playstation 4 to see your Theta photos and videos in VR with a Sony Playstation VR (reviewed here).
Nikon acknowledged that "some customers" are having problems pairing the Keymission 360 (reviewed here) with their smartphone. They have promised to address connectivity issues in December through a firmware update and an update to the Snapbridge 360/170 app.
To be displayed properly, 360 videos (and photos) need to have 360 photosphere metadata. When editing 360 videos, especially in a non-360 app, the 360 metadata can be omitted or corrupted, making the edited 360 video not recognizable as such in a 360 player or app.
VRFix is an app that enables you to fix the 360 metadata on your mobile device. This facilitates sharing your 360 video without having to use a desktop app. It has been available for Android and is now available for iOS as well.
Today (Dec. 6) is the launch day for the Oculus Touch, the highly anticipated motion controllers for the Oculus Rift. However, it appears that most preorders from Best Buy in the US and Canada won't be delivered today.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Officially, Oculus software is supposed to be exclusive to the Rift, and at one point, Oculus even attempted to use a hardware check to prevent HTC Vive users from using Oculus software. But now it appears that Oculus is planning for HTC Vive users to use its software.
If you preordered the Oculus Touch for the Oculus Rift, you will receive two games for free: The Unspoken and VR Sports Challenge. They are both now available for download from the Oculus Store, a day ahead of the Oculus Touch's launch tomorrow. The Unspoken is about 6 GB, while VR Sports Challenge is about 11 GB (it will download in separate components).
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Insta360 issued an app update for the Nano that dramatically reduced purple fringing in both photos and videos. It works even with all photos and videos you've already taken! The app update also adds other features that facilitate sharing.