About a week ago the stereoscopic 3D photo sharing service Phereo announced beta support for viewing photos with the Oculus Rift 3D HMD, but initially it did not include the proper distortion of the stereoscopic 3D images that is needed to compensate for the lenses in the Rift. The good news is that Phereo continued to improve their Oculus Rift support and they added the lens distortion in order to make the 3D photos look properly when viewed through the HMD device. Furthermore in order to compensate for the chance that you may see black edges around the top and bottom of some images with wider aspect ratio they have also added what they call ambient light background in order to make the transition at the edges of the photos more seamless. So you should definitely check out the Oculus Rift support on the Phereo website if you happen to have a Dev Kit, some 3D photos shared there do look great now when viewed through the Rfit.
Of course there is more to be done, like for example a bit of improvement around the center of the image where the left and rigth views of the stereo 3D photos connect. Apparently the Oculus Rift mode has been optimized for the A set of lenses for the Oculus Rift and while this works quite Ok with them, if you use the B or C set of lenses the right part of the left view and the left part of the right view gets “cropped” more from what you see so that some objects on the scene could be cut where they are not supposed to be cut (especially for things that pop-out). But as already mentioned the Oculus Rift support available on Phereo is still in Beta stage and we are already seeing good improvement.
– You can check out stereo 3D photos on Phereo with the new Oculus Rift viewing method…
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The stereoscopic 3D photo sharing service Phereo has just announced beta support for the Oculus Rift, adding one more supported 3D viewing method to their list that also includes 3D Vision support all right from the Internet browser. Phereo offers a free service for uploading and viewing stereoscopic 3D photos with some limitations most notable of which is the 300 MB upload limit per month, but that should still be Ok for most normal users. There is a Pro account that allows you to remove that limitation and also adding some extras that might be of interest to professional 3D photographers for example. For example you can take a look at the Phereo Pro account of Cesar Sommer whose professional stereoscopic 3D work was published here on the blog on multiple occasions.
But back on the support for the Oculus Rift for viewing the stereoscopic 3D photos on Phereo. As already mentioned it is in beta stage at the moment and although it may work quite well it is not yet perfect. In order to activate the Oculus Rift viewing mode you need to open an image and click on the Oculus Rift link at the top right corner of the image, switching to full screen mode you will see the left and right views of the selected 3D image next to each other. There is currently no image distortion applied to the two views of the 3D photo for the perfect viewing experience with the Rift, furthermore as with wider aspect 3D videos watched on the Rift you may also see distracting back bars on the top and bottom with viewing 3D photos with wider aspect, so for example 4:3 works better than 16:9 for viewing on the Rift. When you are in full screen mode for viewing the image in the Rift you can use the arrows to view the photos one after another without having to enter and exit the full-screen mode for viewing on the Rift in order to switch to another photo. Also since it is in beta apparently the Oculus Rift viewing mode is not yet available everywhere, so for example on the Cesar Sommer’s portfolio page you don’t get the Oculus Rift viewing method available yet. Anyway if you have an Oculus Rift Development Kit in your hands you may want to check out Phereo.
– You can check out Phereo and the just announced Oculus Rift beta support here…
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