Augmented Reality turns the environment around you into a digital interface by placing virtual objects in the real world, in real-time. Augmented Reality can be seen through a wide variety of experiences. distinguish 3 main categories of Augmented Reality tools.
Augmented Reality 3D viewers, like Augment, allow users to place life-size 3D models in your environment with or without the use of trackers. Trackers are simple images that 3D models can be attached to in Augmented Reality.
Augmented Reality browsers enrich your camera display with contextual information. For example, you can point your smartphone at a building to display its history or estimated value.
Augmented Reality Devices
Augmented Reality can be used on all screens and connected devices :
Through mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, Augmented Reality acts like a magic window; through the viewer, you can see holograms and manipulate 3D models. Hundreds of Augmented Reality apps are available on iPhone, iPad, and Android.
On PC and connected TV players, Augmented Reality works through a webcam and relayed through the screen. This can be quite cumbersome when you have to manipulate a tracker in front of your screen.
On head-mounted displays, glasses, and lenses, Augmented Reality becomes a part of your entire field of view, making for more life-like Augmented Reality experiences. It almost feels like Ironman with the help of Jarvis.
Exploring VR Cameras and Video Recorders
A VR camera offers an immersive viewing experience by capturing a 360-degree view of photos and videos. Move your head or pointer up, down, left, or right, and the video moves with you. To make and view this type of video, you’ll need a 360 virtual reality camera and a computer or smartphone. You can use a VR headset and smartphone for viewing, too, as the sensors in the headset cause the image to move in the appropriate direction. Headsets work best with images explicitly generated for virtual reality applications.
What Are 360 Video and VR?
You produce VR videos with consumer 360 video cameras or professional cameras that are either omnidirectional or composed of a group of small cameras. These units take multiple pictures from different angles simultaneously. The software on your computer or phone then stitches the photos together to make a spherical image. The term “virtual reality” initially described computer-generated 3D images viewed with a headset. Since VR headsets are compatible with 360 videos, it’s now common to use the terms interchangeably.
Understanding VR Video Cameras
Since 360 video cameras photograph all angles, the result is much different than traditional photos, and it may take some time getting used to. Unless you have previous VR or 360 experience, a simple camera that’s ready to use out of the box is your best bet for an entry-level solution. With only two lenses, these cameras let you learn the techniques of photographing with VR cameras while minding your budget and still producing excellent images.
Choosing 360 Camera Accessories
While you can shoot around unwanted objects with a standard camera, 360 cameras include everything in the scene. Since you have less control over the contents of your shot, you can use some basic accessories to help. A timer allows you to turn on your camera and then step away if you need to make changes before recording starts. A tripod keeps your camera steady, preventing stuttering in the finished product. To give viewers a different perspective, a selfie stick made especially for VR cameras lets you hold the camera at higher levels.
As your familiarity with 360 video increases, so could your need for accessories. For protection, there are cases and silicon protectors for your camera. Battery packs let you continue to shoot when you don’t have time to recharge. Adapters help you interface with your phone. Mounts make it possible to shoot from various angles. Camera bags make it easy to transport and keep your gear safe.
VR and spherical recording devices let you experience video as if you were actually there. If you’re excited by this developing format and want to learn more, contact us!