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Get the most out of your camera

Four steps to capturing and reliving those special memories

Capture

Tips for getting the best shots

Limit camera motion

Different people have different tolerances for motion in VR. For the best results, try to keep your camera generally pointed forward and avoid panning shots.

Keep it level

Angling the camera can make VR users feel like they're falling over.

Up close and personal

Getting close to your subject can really make things pop in VR.

Stay out of personal space

Use the high-five or hand-shake rule for the minimum distance between the camera and the subject (generally about two feet). As in real life, it can be uncomfortable when objects or subjects are too close to the cameras.

Depth decreases with distance

Just like your eyes, as things get farther away, your ability to perceive depth increases. Landscapes are made better with something close in the foreground.

Keep it centered

The sweet spot for stereo is right in the middle of the shot. So try to keep the important action there for both photos and videos.

Edit

Edit your videos with the VR180 Creator Tool

VR180 Device

Share

Share photos in 2D or videos in 3D on Google Photos and YouTube

Sharing to Photos

  • If you’ve downloaded your content to an Android phone, Google Photos automatically uploads and stores your photos.
  • If you’ve downloaded your content to an iPhone, just open the Google Photos app, and the sync happens automatically.

Sharing to YouTube

When sharing your videos through YouTube, you can just share the link to the video and YouTube will open (either in the YouTube app or in their desktop browser) when the person clicks the link. For the most immersive experience, make sure that the people you’re sharing the video with have their VR headsets.

Live Streaming

  1. Pair the app and camera.
  2. Connect the camera to WiFi.
  3. On the app, tap Capture and select the Live camera mode.
  4. Press the shutter button.
  5. Enter a title for your live stream.
  6. Select Unlisted.
  7. Tap the Sharing icon to distribute the link to your viewers.
  8. Tap GO LIVE, and you’re live!

Relive

Relive your VR180 content in a headset

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard is compatible with most Android or iOS phones (Android 4.1 or higher, or iOS 8.0 or higher) with screen sizes from 4 to 6 inches. From any supported app, just tap the Cardboard button on a VR180 photo or video and drop your phone into your Cardboard.

Get Google Cardboard

Daydream View

Daydream View is compatible with any Daydream-ready phone and provides a more comfortable viewing experience with adjustable head straps. In Daydream, you can access your personal VR180 content via Google Photos or any content you or others have created and shared on YouTube via YouTubeVR.

Get Daydream View

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream

All-in-one VR devices, such as Lenovo’s Mirage Solo with Daydream headset, can also display your content. You can access your personal VR180 content via Google Photos or any content you or others have created and shared on YouTube via YouTubeVR. You can also insert the SD card from your camera into the headset to view card’s content directly via your headset.

Get Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream

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