There’s a small lie that’s snowballing into a huge lie when it comes to 360-degree videos and virtual reality.
You see, with the rise of VR, there’s been an inevitable rush to produce content for it. People want stuff to watch in their expensive VR headsets, and many content creators and companies are arguably misleading consumers with 360-degree videos (and cameras that shoot 360-degree videos).
Yes, most 360-degree videos are viewable in a VR headset and allow for omnidirectional viewing experiences, but they aren’t real VR. They’re still just flat 2D videos with no depth to them.
But after taking a look at several 360-degree videos shot with the Vuze, I’m now convinced that for any content to be classified truly as VR content, it needs to have 3D stereoscopic depth.
HumanEyes’ Vuze is an $800 VR camera that’s slightly larger than a Roku or Apple TV media streaming box. Unlike other 360-degree cameras that are mistakenly referred to as “VR cameras” that only have one or two spherical lenses, the Vuze has eight cameras — two on each of its four edges. Each camera records in full HD.