How to watch virtual reality videos with your smartphone

By | January 26, 2016

When I talk to people about virtual reality a lot of them are wondering how can they watch virtual reality videos with their smartphone so I decide to answer this question by writing this post because there is more than one way to do that and there are a couple of different application and websites that are offering virtual reality videos.

Shooting a 360° videos for virtual reality is not that hard with today’s technology, you just need the right camera, pretty much anybody could do it and you could shoot your own virtual video if you’d like, this is why we are to expect a lot more VR videos coming in the near future.

Even right now there are a lot of videos you can watch in VR with your phone. You just need a virtual reality headset such as the Google Cardboard or Zeiss VR, or the Homido, etc. There is a lot of virtual reality headset available that you can choose from to experience virtual reality on your smartphone I won’t name them all but there are a lot of different headsets available to experience virtual reality.

What apps can you use to watch virtual reality video?

There are a couple of application that you can find at the Apple Store or GooglePlay, that are made to watch virtual reality videos. I made a list down below of some of the best ones that you can use to watch some awesome 2D/3D videos from your home.

 Youtube

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YouTube has made all of their video viewable with a virtual reality headset, they have a series of 360° video that you can watch in 3D but you can watch also any video and it’s kind of like being in a movie theater, in 2D. Unfortunately for all the iPhone users, it’s only going to be available on android for now. YouTube said it will be coming to the Apple Store shortly.

If you want to find all the 3D videos just type #360Video on youtube and you will find them all, there’s also a channel dedicated to all of those videos, just subscribe to their channel, and you’ll have plenty to watch.

Here’s a link to their channel if want to see more: https://www.youtube.com/#360video

 Free VR player

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freevrplayersampleThis is a really cool app that you can use watch virtual reality that you find online on different websites, directly on your smartphone. It allows you to either stream them, or you have even the option to download them so you can keep all your favorite ones directly onto the app, so you can watch them later.

The process is really simple too, all you gotta do is copy the URL of the video and paste it in the provided area and it will start the download and you can enjoy watching 360° and 180° panoramic videos!

Here’s a link to their website if you want to find out more: http://freevrplayer.com/

Apple Store download: https://itunes.apple.com/ai/app/freevrplayer/id1009257820?mt=8

GooglePlay download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visyon360.android.badoink.freevrplayer

 Vrideo

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IMG_3252This is a little bit like youtube but only for virtual reality video, they have a huge library of all kinds of awesome videos that you can choose from, they have over 20 categories, such as animation, music, aerial ( you can jump off a plane), you can go into space, etc.

I think it’s one of the best apps for VR videos and everybody can post videos, if you make your own you can add it there, so there’s going to be constant update and new video coming.

Another thing I really like about this app is that it is really easy to browse through the videos even with the headset on ( without having to take your phone off the headset). You can pause, stop, go backward, forward, and search videos.

Go check out some of their videos you won’t regret it, I’ll put the link right below.

Website link: https://www.vrideo.com/

Apple Store download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vrideo/id1040030777?ls=1&mt=8

GooglePlay download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vrideo.app

Discovery VR

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This is an amazing app, where you can discover all the secret of our planet, the earth. It’s a discovery channel in virtual reality. I have always been a fan of discovery channel, you can learn so much by watching it and seeing beautiful things but now it got even better since it is now in 3D videos in virtual reality. You can explore the world, swim in the ocean, observe the wildlife, walk on the moon, etc.

There are different categories that you can choose from such as the Mythbusters trying crazy experiments, or there is a survivor man guide in the forest, showing you how to build a fire, guzzling water, you can even explore space and all of that while being in the comfort of your home. I just took a surf lesson while sitting on my couch.

One thing I gotta tell you is that some videos can get you motion sickness, after I was done with my surf lesson I was feeling a little bit dizzy, I think when the images are moving too fast, it can get you sick quicker, so just be careful with that, don’t watch for too long, or take short break in between.

It’s an awesome app to discover new things, see the world from a different point of view, they don’t have that many videos at the moment but there are more coming soon.

Website link: http://www.discoveryvr.com/

Apple Store download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discovery-vr/id1030815031?mt=8

GooglePlay download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.discovery.DiscoveryVR&hl=fr_CA

Hope you enjoyed this, if you have any questions feel free to ask them below and I’ll be happy to help

Emile

Founders of allaboutvirtualreality.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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