OpenMovieVR

OpenMovieVR

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to watch Cosmos Laundromat together with Victor, sitting on Frank’s island and watch the sunset? Or go to the “Oude Kerk”, one of the locations from Project Mango, and watch Tears of Steel there? Well, now you can do that! You just need a Google Cardboard and a smartphone (only Android for now, iOS coming later). We put together an App to watch three of the Blender Institute’s Open Movies in VR. But why?! Isn’t that totally pointless? Yes! It is! But still, it’s fun, at least we think so. Mobile VR Also, we wanted to put together a showcase for what we can do with mobile VR. Because currently that’s really our focus here at BlendFX. The Oculus and Vive etc. are certainly super cool, but the entrance barrier for the average user is quite high, whereas mobile VR doesn’t take you more than just a Google Cardboard and your smartphone. However, smartphones are still quite limited when it comes to graphics, especially if you want to do stereo, where the scene has to be rendered twice, one for each eye, with an acceptable framerate. So instead we render everything in Blender, using the spherical stereo option to create stereoscopic panorama spheres which we then import to Unity. That way we get the best visual quality possible without sacrificing too much performance. And because Unity is a game engine we have full control over the scene and can add a bit of extra 3D content that fits into the pre-rendered panorama. We did already some experiments with our first VR app...
VRAIS – VR Awesome in Space

VRAIS – VR Awesome in Space

We are happy to finally provide the first update of our VR viewing and sharing app VRAIS. We introduced the first version 2 weeks ago at the Blender Conference 2015 in Amsterdam. Now we fixed many bugs and added a few new features such as drag and drop, a new GUI in VR mode and a couple of other improvements. Get it now on the playstore! Hopefully soon we’ll have the App Store version too. Here’s our talk from the Blender Conference Wait, what exactly is VRAIS? Since a couple of months we are producing VR content by rendering stereoscopic equirectangular images with Blender and Cycles. These images can be viewed with VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift or even better and more affordable the Google Cardboard (well, you still need a decent smartphone for that). We are using Blender to create these renderings. What we were missing in our pipeline though was a decent image viewer to quickly check our renderings. But since we couldn’t find a good crossplattform, easy to use VR viewing app we decided to build our own. And once we decided to do that, we thought: why not go and make it also a VR gallery where people can share there VR artwork? And because we love Blender, we named it after a famous line from one of the Blender Institute open movies Tears of Steel: „I just want to be awesome in space“: VRAIS – VR Awesome in Space!   Here’s what it does VRAIS is two things: A tool for you to view and check your own VR creations, but also to share...