How Virtual Reality is Recorded
Virtual reality video experiences provide you with an incredible view of the world. It also offers up the very best porn ever seen. Yet how is this experienced created? Whether you are a tech lover or just curious about the details, creating immersive VR experiences does take a considerable amount of technology in both the filming and editing process. Without giving away some of our super-secret industry methods, this is how virtual reality videos are created.
The Video Setup
First, let us start off with the equipment. A large number of cameras are required. After all, one camera lens has a limited viewing angle, and in order to create 180-degree or 360-degree visuals, you need enough cameras to cover this viewing area. Each camera’s viewing angle slightly overlaps that of the cameras next to it. This way, when threading it together in the editing room, it creates a seamless picture.
Do you remember when The Matrix came out? It used a state of the art video recording system known as “Bullet Time.” In this recording method, dozens of cameras were aligned and pointed at a single object (such as an actor). This allowed the director to record 360-degree visuals around the point of interest. The VR experience is similar to this, only in reverse. Instead of focusing in on a fixed point, you are the fixed point, looking out. This means you need multiple cameras from a central point directed outward.
When creating a 360-degree experience (which is what we do at VR Hush), cameras are mounted on a rig so a lens covers every inch of real estate around the viewing point. Think of a ball with fixed cameras recording in all directions. This more or less is what the rig looks like
The Camera Equipment
Now, many companies in the business use GoPro Hero cameras on a rig. They also only create a 180-degree visual experience. While GoPro Hero cameras are fine, these devices do not record at the highest picture quality. Recently though, the GoPro Hero 5 camera has been released which included some much needed upgrades like the ability to work in low light with less digital “noise” and voice commands. With these improvements VRHush has begun integrating the GoPro Hero 5 (14 camera setup) into some of its most recent shoots. Prior to this updated GoPro release, VRHush was using its custom crafted Black Magic Micro Studio 4K rig. At this point in time both camera rigs are in use on each set and are implemented according to what each situation requires.
At VRHush, we utilize the 360-degree camera rig, so you can experience the full augmented experience no matter what direction you turn. You never know when a hot little porn star might walk in behind you.
All VRHush content is shot in Stereoscopic 3D. This means instead of seeing the world in 2D, your visual experience is in 3D. Because you have two eyes, you have depth perception and see in 3D. Our cameras have the dual-lens system, which gives you the in depth, realistic visuals you crave from high-end VR porn.
Where VRHush Stands Out
VR Hush stands out from other virtual reality producers in the area of video quality, 360 degree immersion and we work with the hottest pornstars in the industry. GoPro Hero cameras are often used due to the lightweight nature and ease of use. If you are familiar with GoPro cameras at all, or at the very least have seen such cameras, you know just how small and lightweight the equipment is. However, the major problem with these cameras is the lack of a true image sensor. VRHush implements both the GoPro Hero 5 (14 camera solution) and a Black Magic Micro Studio 4K (8 camera solution) camera rig.
Consider the difference between a cell phone camera and a digital SLR camera. A cell phone manufacturer may boast the cell phone can capture in 4K with a similar resolution to a DSLR. However, there are major differences here. The cell phone, similar to a GoPro, does not have a true image sensor. Due to this, much of the information recorded is actually digitally filled in. Modern cameras do a nice job at filling in this information, but the visual quality from a DSLR is far superior in every aspect. This is what VRHush uses. Top of the line video capturing equipment with an image sensor, so all colors and lines of resolution are true to form and not digitally filled in, giving you the best, brightest and crispest picture quality possible.
With our camera setup, we record in true 4K UHD (four times the resolution of high definition). We record one to one, which means while we record, nothing is ever compressed or down converted in order to fit on a hard drive. We want to deliver the finest quality in the industry. The actual full capture during a shoot is 16K.
With the GoPro or other camera setup, the lenses are stationary. Without the ability to open or close the aperture of the camera, you have the same focal point. This is fine, but it can become distracting at times. After all, if you’re taking a close up picture of a flower, the flower will pop out more if you can adjust the aperture and rack focus so only the flower remains in focus. With the 3D lens system used by VRHush, there is the ability to adjust the focal length and aperture settings. This offers the finest level of control and delivers you the truest visual equivalent of being with the porn star, in person. With the vast improvements implemented on the GoPro Hero 5 and the need to compress the files into a manageable size, the line between DSLR and GoPro has been blurred a bit over the past few months.
Keep it Stationary (usually)
Here is the thing about VR camera work. We can’t just let the male actor hold the rig, or even wear it on his head (think Doc Brown with his thought-thinking “invention from Back to the Future). That wouldn’t work because it would add movement to the shot. Now, because we shoot in 360-degree it would give a bit of leeway to correct the movement in postproduction, but some movements would be too far out of the realm of correction. But wait. What is wrong with some movement in the camera work? After all, most POV videos have some camera movement? Well, it is as simple as it is jarring.
In VR, you see everything from your point of you. When you move your head, your point of view shifts. If the recording source moves, it means your visuals will shift without you moving your head. Think of it as an evening of too much alcohol, your head starts to swim and the world begins to wobble. This is what would happen if our camera rig moves during filming. To avoid this jarring and headache inducing issue, the rig is constructed to remain stationary at all times. This way, the only movements you experience are that of your own head. While you can bring movement into the POV experience, you must keep it incredibly slow and smooth as to not induce nausea.
Syncing (stitching) It All Together
After a great shoot, an incredible performance and amazing money shot, we now have around a dozen 3D cameras packed full of visual information. How in the world do we stitch it all together? Well, first, we use a special editing program that is able to handle and produce 360-degree visuals. But how do we ensure all of the videos play at the same time? By using something known as a time code.
Now, if everything works out correctly, all the cameras should start and stop recording at the exact same time, which makes it easier on the computer to stitch everything together. The program can identify similar objects in different camera angles and piece it together like a puzzle. Essentially this is a more extreme version of your cell phone’s panorama mode. To make sure the camera footage is lined up properly, we use the time code. What exactly is a time code? Have you ever seen raw footage of a movie and there is a random number on the bottom of the screen, counting up? It seems like it is counting time, but it doesn’t make much sense? This is the time code. All of the cameras are synched up to the same time code, so no matter when one camera begins to record, it has the same time stamp. So, when stitching the material together, all we need to do is match up the time code stamp from each camera and every camera synchs with one another.
This kind of synching is used in all sorts of industries. If you have seen a produced concert video that came out long after the concert took place, the production team used a time code to sync up all the cameras. After all, with a dozen or more different camera operators, everyone didn’t turn on their cameras at the same time.
Delivering the Final Product
As you can imagine, 360-degree 3D UHD video takes up a considerable amount of storage space. A single 20-minute video typically takes up a terabyte worth of storage space (although the exact amount of storage space depends on brightness and the level of visual information contained in the shot). Chances are, your computer can handle maybe one or two of these before storage is full, not to mention the lag and buffer time on a multi-terabyte video would be out of this world. When we export it, we use a very special VR codec, which is another word for compression. The material is compressed in a similar way to an MP3 is compressed for an audio file. This way, the video takes up far less room, it still looks incredible and you can enjoy our entire library downloaded directly to your computer.
Every virtual reality device has different viewing capabilities. A cell phone will not have the same processing power as a standalone VR, such as the Oculus Rift or PlayStation equipment. Due to this, the output video must vary in both size and visual capability. As VRHush captures and edits the video in full 4K, it is possible to alter the output in order to best fit the need of each stand-alone device. This way, no matter the kind of equipment you use, you receive the very best VR experience. Every pixel of your hardware is utilized, so nothing is compressed, squeezed or stretched to provide an awkward viewing. You expect the very best, so we deliver the very best.
That is the basis of creating 360-degree 3D VR porn videos. It is a considerable amount of work, but hey, when it comes to the best porn on the planet, we spare no expense. After all, when it comes to next generation technology, you want your videos to last. With our production process, all of the videos we offer directly to you is future proofed for at least the next five years. This way, no matter the next technology and VR devices to come alone, our 4K ultra HD 360-degree 3D VR videos will always be top of the line. So why put your money in any other service that will leave you with obsolete content in a year’s time or less. You want the greatest content, which we will always provide.