Four Things You Need to Create Your First VR Movie


A VR Movie, also known as cinematic VR, can be fun and easy to make. I recently picked up some new gear and have had tons of fun experimenting with it around the city. So this week, I thought I would share the four basic things you need to create your first VR movie.

Keep in mind that based on the length and creativity of your story, filming in VR can be as complicated as doing a TV show or movie. And, of course, to create the ultimate VR movie you will need directors, producers, actors, etc. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Here are a few ways to get you started without the whole shebang. Let’s get right to it!

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A 360-Degree Camera

To start, you’ll need a 360-degree camera. These are specially designed cameras to capture video in 360-degree. You can now find many entry-level consumer cameras on the market. Some of the most popular are the Samsung Gear 360, Ricoh Theta S, Insta360 One and the Garmin VIRB 360. These cameras offer a great bang for your buck and are perfect to get you started.

If you are serious about creating feature-length VR movies, you might want to consider building your own camera rig. If that’s not possible, then options such as Insta360 Pro, Kandao Obsidian and Z Cam S1 are a great start.

You can also check out Orah 4i, Sonicam, Facebook Surround and Nokia Ozo. These cameras are professional grade, so be warned, they do come with a sizeable price tag.

A Tripod

Of course, as with any camera, you will need a tripod. That is, unless, you really want to hold the camera and appear in every single shot.

Depending on your needs, there are several kinds of tripods available. You will want to consider the weight of your camera and the maximum and minimum height you might need. You’ll also need to think about the types of places you will want to use it: the studio, outdoors, travelling, etc. These are all details that could affect your choice.

Lastly, you will want to find something very stable but still thin enough to easily make it disappear from your shots.

A popular model for travel is the Koolehaoda Professional 65-inch Aluminum Monopod with Folding Feet. For height, you will want to check out CheetahStand C8 Lightstand. And for solidity, the Triad-Orbit Triad T2 Medium Tripod should do the trick.

Editing Software

So, you’ve got your camera and shot footage for your movie. Nice! But you’re not done yet. The next step in creating your first VR movie is editing, which means you will need some specialized software.

Luckily enough, all entry-level cameras offer their own stitching software. This makes it relatively easy for you to rapidly edit your first VR movie. Once you’re done with the stitching, you can then easily upload your video.

While the software included with your camera can be a nice start, eventually you might want to consider importing your VR production into more robust editing software. Professional-grade products like Adobe Premiere will give you more options and lead to a more polished final product.

A Headset

And finally, the last thing you need to create your first VR movie is a way to experience it.

While it seems that a new VR headset is coming out every other week, some of the classics include the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and the Gear VR. These headsets will allow you to upload your creation onto the device for viewing.

Yes, I know that many people are posting their VR movies on YouTube and other video platforms. And while it is possible to watch a VR movie on a computer, smartphone, etc., for the best experience the viewer really needs to be immersed in your video via a VR headset.

There you have it! The four things you need to create your first VR movie. A 360-degree camera, tripod, editing software and VR headset are the basic requirements to get you started. Nevertheless, you’ll soon find out that if you intend to do this professionally, you’ll need more equipment. Because the more VR movies you make, the better you will want them to be!

Do you have questions about creating 360-degree video? Do you need some professional guidance?

Contact the experts at Didjet!

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