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Today’s Immersive VR Buzz: HTC’s ‘6DOF Lite’ Mode Adds Volumetric Depth To 360 Video

This was a very interesting BUZZ that I found today and wanted to share with you.

Originally posted on: vrscout.com/news

As captivating as conventional 360-degree video can be, it pales in comparison to the level of immersion offered by volumetric content featuring 3D depth and 6DOF capabilities.

Looking around a 360-degree environment is one thing, being able to lean and move around the space is something entirely different.

During this years HTC Vive Ecosystem Conference, HTC unveiled a new service that injects 6DOF functionality into a conventional monoscopic 360-degree video, allowing users to move their heads in any direction up to one meter.

According to Skarredghost, ‘6DOF Lite’ mode is capable of automatically converting existing monoscopic 360 into full volumetric video minus the need for expensive photogrammetry, volumetric, or lightfield camera technology.

This could be a game-changer for 360-degree content, which–while an interesting format–has so far failed to find mainstream appeal among those unfamiliar with VR. 

Unfortunately, the only information offered in terms of a release date is a good old-fashioned “soon.”

If 6DOF Lite sounds somewhat familiar, that’s because Adobe Research launched a similar initiative back in 2017. Sidewinder captured the positions of pixels and analyzed their distance in relation to other objects in the scene to develop a 3D depth map, offering more realistic 3D imagery.

Unfortunately, it appears as though the project is currently on the backburner.

In an interview this past October with Immersive Shooter, Adobe’s Director of Immersive Chris Bobotis stated that there was “nothing new to report with Project Sidewinder.” The company has instead focused its efforts on VR180, favoring its ability for longer form work at higher resolutions than 360-degree content. 

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What is 360 VR Video?

360 video is a video that is recorded in all directions at the same time with multiple cameras. The videos are stitched together either internally in the camera or externally using special software.

It then forms one spherical video that is controlled by the viewer, enabling them to look up, down, right or left at their discretion.

Is 360 Video Virtual Reality?

I want you to be the judge.

Recommended MicroSD Card for use with the Fusion 360 camera

Recommended MicroSD Card for use with the Fusion 360 camera 

How are you watching your 360 VR Video?

Are you watching on your PC?

Is it Facebook? YouTube? Veer.TV ?

Or better still, are you using your Samsung Galaxy Smartphone with your Samsung Gear VR Headset?

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Or are you using another smartphone with a Google Cardboard? Google Daydream?

Leave a comment below. Let us know what you like or don’t like. If you have seen a 360 VR video that you think is awesome, tell us, and we will feature it.

What type of VR Headset do you own? Or do you watch with your computer? Smartphone?

Do you have a VR camera? Ricoh Theta S? Ion360?  Samsung 360 gear? Insta360?

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