Transport Living Pictures into Virtual Reality with Just 3 Steps

With the release of Lytro Desktop 4.3, we introduced a very important new feature, 3D Side-by-Side Animations of Living Pictures. On the surface this is simply a new export option, but in reality it opens an entirely new distribution channel for Lytro ILLUM photographers. It capitalizes on the inherent benefits of light field photography, allowing you to create stereoscopic Virtual Reality (VR) content from any Living Picture. 3D Side-by-Side Animations of Living Pictures are ideal for viewing on Oculus Rift®, Samsung® Gear VR® and Google® Cardboard head mounted displays (HMD).

imageTo produce VR content from a Living Picture in Lytro Desktop, simply select the 3D Side-by-Side export option to generate an H.264 Side-by-Side video file that can be viewed in your favorite HMD

The actual production process is straightforward. The most important starting point is your subject matter and composition. Be sure to create an image that has a rich three-dimensional content with close foreground subjects for a full range of refocusable depth and maximum parallax.


Step 1: Animate Your Living Picture

Once you’ve captured a suitable light field image with your ILLUM, open the file in Lytro Desktop and process it into a Living Picture. Alternatively, with our new 2.0 firmware update the ILLUM can process Living Pictures within the camera as soon as you view them.

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Open your image in Lytro Desktop’s one-up view and hit play to see the default animation sequence. It’s a great starting point, however, you may want to tweak your animated movie further, or create it from scratch using Lytro Desktop’s animation tools. Once you’re happy with the animation, move onto Step 2.


Step 2: Export Your Living Picture

OSX Instructions

  • From the File pull down menu, select “Export Animation as a Movie” 
  • Select a Size, 1080p or 720p 
  • Select “Fast” as the Render Quality 
  • Select a Compression option 
  • Select a Frames Per Second (FPS) option; “60” is recommended 
  • In the Stereo Field choose “3D Side-by-Side” 
  • Click “Export” 

 Windows Instructions 

  • From the File pull down menu, select Export > “H.264 movie” 
  • Select a Size, 1080p or 720p 
  • Select “Fast” as the Render Quality 
  • Select a Compression option 
  • Select a Frames Per Second (FPS) option; “60” is recommended 
  • In the Stereo Field choose “3D Side-by-Side” 
  • Click “Export”

In minutes you’ll have your first VR ready 3D movie. Of the three most popular VR HMD systems, we’ll highlight getting your 3D movie into the Samsung® Gear VR®, powered by the Samsung® Note 4®, Galaxy S6® or S6 Edge® mobile phones.

Step 3: Transfer Your Living Picture to a VR HMD for Viewing
To transfer your movie file to the phone’s Micro SD card, there are a couple of options. The easiest is to plug the phone in via a USB cable to gain access to the folders on the Micro SD card. Alternatively, shut down the phone and remove the Micro SD card, or unmount the Micro SD card via the phone’s Settings. Once removed, insert the Micro SD card into a card reader on your computer.

Open the Micro SD card on your computer and locate the Oculus directory. Inside you’ll find Movies/My Video. Within the My Video folder, create a new folder and call it 3D. Copy your 3D Side-by-Side movie into that folder. Eject the Micro SD, or safely unplug the USB cable connecting your phone to the computer. Insert the MicroSD card back into the phone, and either restart if you shut it down, or let the card remount in the phone.

With the phone placed back into your Samsung® Gear VR®, navigate to Oculus Cinema and find the My Videos category. Your movie will now be available to play in full 3D Side-by-Side Animation.

Creating Living Pictures for Virtual Reality is incredibly easy with Lytro Desktop, and adds a whole new dimension to your photography.

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