VirZOOM cycling in 360 (thanks to the new 360 capture feature!)
Posted by Rob Kay on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Ever wanted to capture the view from a Pegasus? Record for posterity the moment you cross the finish line? Replay a spree of mech-versus-tank mayhem that made you cackle with glee? Thanks to our latest update, you can now record 360° video from VirZOOM Arcade and share your experience with the world.
What is a 360° video? In case you haven’t seen any yet, a 360° video is one that’s been recorded in such a way that the viewer gets to control where the camera looks. If you’re viewing one on a web browser, you click/tap and drag around the video to look around. If you’re viewing on a phone, like with the Facebook app, you can tilt the phone to look around. And if you’re viewing from a mobile phone with VR capability, you can use a built-in viewer like Samsung VR on Gear VR, or a free app like Skybox on Daydream.
To start recording while you’re playing with a VirZOOM bike on PC, on your left-hand handlebar controls, press the left arrow (←), and then the down arrow (↓). If you’re using a handheld controller, use left d-pad, then down d-pad. When you’re done recording, hit the same buttons again. (Recording 360° videos from VirZOOM Arcade is currently only possible on PC, not PS4.) Both video and audio will be captured.
Your movie will be located in a “Gallery” folder, appearing automatically after you finish recording, in the same folder as your VirZOOM executable file – most likely C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\VirZOOM.
To share 360° videos online, you’ll want to first check Google’s support page on adding metadata, and add on Windows using 360 metadata tools. You can edit your video using standard video editing software, like Windows Movie Maker. (Social media services that don’t yet support 360° video, like Instagram and Twitter, will just show them as traditional, two-dimensional movies.)
Videos are most comfortable when you’re purposeful about how you record them, doing your best to avoid triggering simulator sickness. Le Tour gameplay on a relatively straight line is great, but Winterstan gameplay where you spin around constantly won’t do your audience any favors. Some tips to remember:
- Avoid heavy turning
- Avoid quickly accelerating or stopping
- Aim for constant speed in one direction
- Start recording when you see a path straight ahead
- End recording just before unavoidable turns
Also, heads up: Videos are captured at 20 frames per second, and your framerate will drop a bit while you record in VirZOOM Arcade. The kinder you are to your audience, the kinder you’ll be to yourself!