The Four Kinds of Videos You Can Watch on Your VR Headset

Source:  www.howtogeek.com

There are four kinds of video you can watch in VR, each of which you can obtain from different sources:

  • Regular 2D video: These are the normal videos you find on YouTube, or rip from DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
  • 3D video: You’ve seen 3D movies at the theater, and you can buy those 3D movies on Blu-ray, too. To watch them in VR, you can rip that 3D Blu-ray to a “side by side” or “over under” format, which is playable on a VR headset in 3D. (You’ll usually have the choice between Full SBS, which contains each eye in full resolution, or Half SBS, which contains each eye in subsampled half resolution. Full SBS videos are noticeably higher quality, but take up more hard drive space and more graphics power to play.)
  • 180 or 360 degree video: These types of video are fairly new, but you can check out lots of them on YouTube or download them from other sources. On your 2D monitor, you can use the mouse to drag the video around to see different views, but played on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, you can actually look around using your headset’s head tracking. It’s very cool.
  • Full VR video: This format combines 3D and 180 or 360 degree footage for a completely immersive, 3D, head-tracking experience. You can buy videos like this at different places around the web, like VideoBlocks or watch a few for free on YouTube with the links below.

Here’s a list of links to some Full VR videos:

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