May 16, 2018 / by VRdirect
All about Virtual Reality and 360°
May 16, 2018 / by VRdirect
Welcome to the exciting world of virtual reality! (Non-programmers fear not)
Today’s guide will show you step-by-step how to create your own interactive 360° Virtual Reality experience without any programming knowledge.
The term “Virtual Reality” may sound complicated and expensive to some but, thanks to VRdirect, creating your first VR experience is almost as easy as editing an image in Canva or creating a video on iMovie - who knew creating your own VR experience could be this easy!
Modern media is all about telling a story and taking your audience along for the ride. Virtual Reality picks up where videos and photos fall short.
In order to create a compelling virtual reality experience with the VRdirect Studio it is important to understand a few exciting fundamentals:
The rules for interactive 360° experiences have not yet been written; this means you as the creator have the option to write the rules of your experience.
Unlike traditional 2D videos, the rules of VR storytelling have not yet been “defined” thus giving you an exciting opportunity to try something never been done before.
The best part?
All you need to get started creating your first interactive VR experience is:
To create a compelling VR experience it is important to begin with the end in mind and take the following three steps into consideration before diving into filming or editing:
Defining your experience and audience
While you might be tempted to start with a traditional storyboard (A to B thinking), when it comes to VR we recommend taking an alternate approach and starting with defining the experience you want to achieve.
"The best videos are the ones where you have an actual role in it, where you can move around and be in control.” - VR Audacity tech survey
Taking the time to define your experience makes all the difference in your final production.
The VRdirect Studio gives you the ability to create a dynamic story where your audience can move from location to location in a dynamic manner. Unlike traditional linear stories (that go from point A to B), with VR you have the option to create an experience where your audience gets to decide where to go next.
By offering your viewer an active experience with decision-making rights, he or she will venture willingly into your virtual world.
Non-linear stories make the best type of VR experiences as they allow your viewer to choose where and when to go next just as if they were in a real-life open museum or festival walking freely
Example of a non linear story
Linear stories are best suited for guided tours or educational experiences where your viewer is expected to complete or “follow” the story step by step. While this may not sound as exciting as open stories you can still add interactive elements to each part of the story to keep your viewer immersed.
Example of a linear story
Planning your interactive elements
With your audience decided, your experience defined and your story laid out, all that is left before editing and exporting your VR experience is deciding which interactive elements to add to your story.
With the VRdirect Studio, interactive elements can take the shape and form of:
These elements serve the purpose of navigation points and hotspots.
What’s more impressive is what you can do with these elements!
With the VRdirect Studio the options for manipulating interactive elements are truly limitless and can help transform a simple real estate tour into a furniture showcase or a Crossfit box demo into a full workout experience
With your experience defined, your audience chosen and storyboard mapped it's time to go to the VRdirect Studio and start creating with these simple steps
The VRdirect platform is the easiest solution to create and publish Virtual Reality projects. There are no expert skills needed. Moreover, Virtual Reality projects created with VRdirect can be published instantly via any VR enabled device, smartphone or web-browser and you can update them easily and in real-time.