How to create a virtual reality 3-D panorama with your phone for Google Cardboard, for free
I'm sharing this 'tutorial' in the hopes of improving it with your input and because I googled this very thing and I couldn't quite find what I needed, so I'm trying to figure it out.
The concept is simple. Panorama and 3-D apps have been around for a while. With the advent of Google Cardboard, a lot of these images can now be seen in virtual reality. The idea then is to construct an image and making it available for others to see as panoramas, but mostly in virtual reality. The challenge is to do it for free. Sure, it'd be nice to have a 3-D rig with 16 GoPro cameras for 3-D video, but lol newsroom budgets.
On that note, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Vice and others are exploring virtual reality photo and video storytelling and their efforts are worth watching. The Times is even giving away cardboard to support their upcoming VR app. It's very early, still and everyone is still trying to figure things out.
So let's jump in and do it ourselves.
The ~free~ part assumes that you have an iPhone (5 or newer) and a Google Cardboard viewer, unless you have SPECIAL EYES.
I've got a Knox Lab V2, for $23.95.
The ridiculously easy way
Get the Seene app.
Shoot a 3-D photo, click view in VR. THAT'S IT!
Even better, 'seenes' are embeddable and show up as animated gifs when shared.
meanwhile ... pic.twitter.com/QT0AZDWloq— Ivan Lajara (@ivanlajara) October 20, 2015
This is, however, not a panorama (but 3-dish, so it gets points for that).
Here are the different steps, regardless of what app you used to shoot the panorama:
* Save the image to your camera roll.
The tricky part remains how to share something for Cardboard itself for others to see in virtual reality.
In RoundMe, this is a easy as following a person (or searching for "Daily Freeman" to find the scenes above, for example). I'm at round.me/@ivanlajara
This is my first pass at this, so let me know what you think and what else we can come up with.
In the near future, likely in a #dfmchat, we'll explore journalistic applications for this platform. There are some impressive ones.