Select your photo or video as input, and choose an output directory, then click "Convert". You shouldn't have to change any other settings.
Your result will be in the output directory, named 000000.jpg. It should look something like this:
Host the Lifecast VR player on your website
In order to watch the 6DOF VR videos in WebVR, you need to host a simple web page, either on your own web site, or locally for testing.
This makes it easy for anyone with a WebVR-compatible VR device to watch your content. We provide an example to help get started:
Upload the full contents of the /web directory to your site, and visit yoursite.com/index.html. You should see a 3D photo.
Preview the Lifecast VR player locally
It is not necessary to have a public website to preview the Lifecast VR player on your own Desktop computer. This takes a little bit of command line use, but its not too hard with the examples we provide.
Use your command-line terminal to navigate to the web directory that you downloaded above.
In the terminal, run
This runs a tiny webserver locally.
On some operating systems, you may need to run 'python2' instead.
Encode h264 and h265 videos for distribution on VR, desktop and mobile
We want to make these videos play well on as many platforms as possible. Different browsers for VR, desktop and mobile have different limitations on what video encodings they support.
In this section we'll describe how to make an h264 video file which is compatible with most systems (this is OK but not optimal). For best results,
we also show how to encode h265 (which can be played by the Oculus Quest browser for better quality and lower bandwidth), and a 1080p resolution h264 version which is compatible with the iOS mobile browser.
We will use ffmpeg for video encoding. Start by installing ffmpeg if you don't have it already.
The steps below assume you are using Mac or Linux. If you are using Windows, please refer to this video tutorial for how to use ffmpeg.
We will assume you have rendered a video with the output as a directory of frames, located at ~/Desktop/vr180to6dof_frames. It should contain files like 000000.jpg, 000001.jpg, etc.
Encode an h264 video file from a directory of images (best for Desktop browsers):