An Introduction to VR180 Format (2024)

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An Introduction to VR180 Format (1)

VR180 is a relatively new format used for the interactive and immersive content. Unlike the traditional 360-degree capturing, it only allows you to capture a limited 180-degree field of view, and according to the Google, it will be the new trend for content creators. 360-degree interactive content is widely used in commercial areas such as; architecture, real-estate, and automotive interiors. The demand in these areas force companies to release more products day by day for improving the process for creators. Today, you can use your DSLR or mirrorless camera (and even your mobile phone) to create a basic 360-degree photo and view it interactively. Or based on your workflow and preference, you can shoot a 360-degree photo or a video just by using a specialized camera like the Ricoh Theta. Some companies like Flir offer high-end cameras for capturing 360 photo and video with increased dynamic range for more advanced applications, but the cost might be higher than you expect.

When YouTube made its first step into interactive content in March 2015, Facebook followed that with its support for 360 content in web and mobile applications. While YouTube and Google were offering cardboard headsets that allow users to convert their mobile phones into VR headsets, Facebook was investing in Oculus which is now widely used for more advanced applications in VR world.

In 2017, YouTube and its parent company Google introduced a new interactive media format; VR180. Rather than using an equirectangular projection, as its name signifies, the VR180 only uses stereoscopic projection with 180-degree area of the content and limits the interactive area. Like a 360 video or photo, viewers can navigate on the image or footage but this time only on the captured 180-degree portion of the scene. VR180 is captured in 3D by default and can be viewed either in 3D or 2D depending on the device you will use for viewing.

Google says this half-format will be easier to produce and view and it will be the new trend among users who would like to relive the moment.

How to Shoot

VR180 is captured with dual fisheye lens cameras and some brands including Lenovo already released their VR180 cameras. While you can buy the Lenovo Mirage Camera for about $250 USD, you can get the Z Cam K1 Pro Cinematic VR180 Camera for a better performance, by paying around $3,000 USD. However, even these two cameras are the “certified” partners with Google, there are new models on the horizon by various manufacturers.

How to Edit and Publish

VR180 Creator is the official software released by Google that converts the VR180 footage for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro. As its explained in detail at Google’s support page, the process looks quite inconvenient for now, and if VR180 will be the future of immersive content, then creators might need 3rd party software or plugin solutions. However, things seem a bit easier on the mobile side; you can download the VR180 app on the App Store or Google Play and manage the content on your phone easily.

An Introduction to VR180 Format (2)

How to View

It is advised to view VR180 with VR headsets for the best immersive experience to view in 3D world, however if you don’t have a headset, you can just use your mouse to navigate on the content on YouTube in 2D when viewing on your computer, or use the gesture controls on your mobile.

What do you think about VR180? Is it going to be the most used content format? Would you invest in a VR180 camera or a headset just to view the content? Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Burak is a photographer and creative retoucher specialising in fashion and advertising, working with international clients from Canada, Europe and Australia.

Currently lives and works in Manchester, UK.

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Tony Northrup

I thought about this a lot! I think VR180 is VASTLY more useful than 360 video for people wearing headsets like the Oculus Quest... Because the 3D is immersive and who wants to 360 which requires you to spin around trying to figure out where to look? But I think it will be at least 5 years before VR headsets become comfortable and unintrusive enough for people to want to wear them for things like YouTube. Look, if you sit on a subway and watch a YT video on your smartphone with your airpods, you look totally normal and you can see your stop coming up. If you sit on a subway with a VR headset you're a real dork and someone probably just stole something from your bag, you weirdo.

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Fristen Lasten

Yep. Looks like a Google commercial.

Nicolas Meunier

A copy past of a very old press release from Google. Google stopped support for the Daydream platform with was the platform for shooting, editing, publishing and viewing 180 3D videos. Some camera still exists like the Insta.

An Introduction to VR180 Format (2024)


An Introduction to VR180 Format? ›

With VR180 cameras, content creators can now easily capture immersive and lifelike experiences for viewers, replicating the volumetric rendering of our human vision. Unlike monoscopic 360° images or videos, VR180 content uses two wide-angle fish-eye lenses to capture a 180° field of view.

What is a VR180 video format? ›

VR180 describes a video file that contains two channels of video, with one for each eye. However, the medium only shows the user the front-facing field of view in 180-degrees.

What format is a 360 video in? ›

360° videos should be stored as mp4s encoded with h264. Mono videos should be 2:1 aspect ratio. Stereo videos should be 1:1 aspect ratio. Some older devices cannot decode video larger than 1080p (1920x1080).

What is the difference between VR180 and 360? ›

Why choose 180 degrees instead of 360 degrees? Compared to 360-degree video production, the process of creating 180-degree VR content is leaner and results in higher quality footage. A blurred 360-degree shot usually gives viewers the impression that they are perceiving what is happening through a blur.

Is VR180 3D? ›

With a single click, VR180 3D live content can be streamed effortlessly. It seamlessly integrates with live-streaming software, and Kandao Stream for stable, smooth, and immersive ultra-high-definition live broadcasting, simplifying the process and enabling easy initiation of VR live streaming.

How do I convert VR video to standard video? ›

In VideoStudio, right-click the 360 video clip and go to 360 Video > 360 to Standard. This will open up two preview windows, with the 360 video source on the left and a standard video preview on the right side of the screen.

What is the difference between VR and normal video? ›

Just as with a normal video, the filmmaker can control the narrative. The difference is that the experience of the VR video is much more immersive and memorable. However, 360 VR videos create the most immersive experience when viewed on a VR headset or in a specialist environment, such as an immersive classroom.

What happened to VR180? ›

The development of VR180 cameras has had its ups and downs. Several VR cameras have been launched since 2018 following the creation of this video format by Google but after the end of the Daydream VR project in 2020, it has become increasingly difficult to find VR 180 cameras. at an affordable price.

How much is the VR180 camera? ›

₹ 417175.0 includes GST and import duties.

Which is better 3D or VR? ›

In the clash of Virtual Reality vs 3D, VR is the champion. It provides a more immersive, multi-sensory experience compared to 3D modeling. However, for detailed design processes and static visual representations, 3D modeling proves an efficient tool.

What is the difference between 180 and 360 cameras? ›

180-Degree Cameras: These cameras are suitable for capturing a wide but not complete view. They may require multiple cameras to cover an entire area or room effectively. 360-Degree Cameras: These cameras can cover an entire space without any blind spots, providing comprehensive coverage with a single camera.

What is photogrammetry in VR? ›

Photogrammetry is a method for scanning real-life objects or spaces into the 3D format with a digital camera. In photogrammetry, you take a lot of pictures of the capture target and generate a 3D scene from the photographs.

Can VR video be mp4? ›

Some VR file formats are the . mp4 file extension, encoded with MPEG4 as standard resolution, or H. 264 for higher resolution.

What file format does Samsung Gear VR use? ›

Assuming you're trying to watch a 360 video in your Gear VR, download it as an MP4. That'll always work well with the device.

What is Canon video format? ›

Some Canon DSLRs support shooting video in MOV format, but if you use a modern Canon mirrorless camera, cine camera or camcorder you would shoot in other formats and transcode to MOV if necessary for post-production, or export footage as MOV for delivery if this format is specified.

What is the difference between 3D and VR video? ›

Differences between Virtual Reality and 3D

One of the best examples of this technology still allows us to sit and view a recorded video from the outside. But virtual reality creates a three-dimensional world that we can move about in and interact with using a range of much more advanced devices.

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