Being there


Remember my series of images of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France? Well, the good folks at Chaosgroup Laboratories have taken the scene and given it the VR treatment. If you have a Gear, an Occulus or even any phone with Google Cardboard, you can enjoy a few different renders of the BNF in full 3D, 360-degree glory.

Although I worked on the scene for so long, I was amazed at how much more visceral it is in VR. The sense of scale, depth, but also the feel of the materials is truly different and so much richer.

Check it out at the Chaosgroup Labs’ Guide-to-virtual-reality page.

Stanley Brusse has also kindly converted these to a format usable in Google Cardboard. You can even sample it on a normal pc (though a VR viewer is much better).

The BNF is here, and a great scene by Aldo Garcia showing Tadao Ando’s Church on the Water is here.

All rendered in V-Ray, of course, which now has an easy workflow for 360-degree VR images.

    • sfolts
    • December 30, 2015

    Both the BNF & Ando’s church look great w/ oculus with webVR browser.
    Do you have any workflow you could share about getting from 12×1 stereo cubemaps to oculus? I see that both use KRPANO as viewer, but 12×1 maps are not accepted by krpano? Did you break up manually into 6 left and 6 right images? Was there another program/translation used?
    There must be an intended use for new cubemaps, but I feel like I’m missing something?

    • Erald
    • January 14, 2016

    Amazing work, speechless…I am new to VR so your work is very enlightening for newbies like me! I followed step by step Chaosgroup guide for VR in 3dsMax and made my own cubemap VR panorama. With the Oculus Rift is working just fine but when I view it with the Gear VR seems like the cube faces are in the wrong order, they don’t match and I see faces with wrong intersections. Any idea on what it might be? Is it the phone’s problem? GearVR problem? Some settings I am missing? So strange since in the Oculus it works just fine. I am using Virtual Desktop to view my panoramas on the Oculus…..

  1. Unfortunately, I just delivered the scene. I wasn’t involved in prepping it for VR. You should address your question to Chris at Chaos or maybe to Stanley directly.

    • Erald
    • January 14, 2016

    Oh…I see. I will! Thank you. Amazing work again.

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