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The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Reality Video Formats/Codec’s


With the rapid development of the new technology, different new formats for video and audio come into being across the web. Manufacturers are researching on advanced technology and its developments for the virtual future today.

In less than a year after announcing the 360-degree format, many new developments and new cameras are launched in the market which boosts the usage of 360-degree virtual reality videos in the market.

Virtual reality video formats

Virtual reality is all about the three-dimensional video view which provides the user with a live experience. The new formats already become one of the most useful content list on the web. The formats for devices differentiate from one another.

If you are playing the VR video across Google cardboard with iPhone 6 or something means you must need 3D MP4, 3D MOV, 3D M4V will support. When comes to Android users, you can play this with 3D 3GP, 3D MP4 and 3D MOV formats etc.

The file size of the VR video shouldn’t be larger than the non-VR video format and the downloading of VR video will not burden on your computer.

Most of the VR headsets recommend 1289 by 720 high definition resolutions in order to encode the videos. The 3D movies must be encoded with one to one ratio pixel.

360 Degree video formats

The general 360-degree video formats are mp4 encoding with mpeg4 as a standard resolution ad H.264 with a high definition format is supported with the 360-degree video content.

Some panoramic video formats like MOV. F4v etc are also supported by the 360-degree video formats. The production of the 360-degree virtual reality videos has become great buzz across the web with the release of new cameras.

The playback options for the content are large and it is extremely limited and the output models support with the 360 Heros gear.

The difference is the 4k and 2k resolution is drastic that mounted VR displays like Gear VR where the pixel count is noticeable.

Virtual reality video codec’s

There are much-augmented reality experiences which include the video s main and the videos forms in different formats with a combination of the stereoscopic 3D and 360 video views. There will be many challenges in the video compressions and need for better video codec that can capitalize the potential of increasing the interframe correlation to the various types of videos.

Following are some video codec’s that helps in achieving the higher compression for Virtual reality content.

Foveated codec tracking of the viewer’s gaze to dedicated high bitrates to pixels which are inside of fovea range. This feature needs eye tracking and displays size knowledge about the distance between the viewer and the display.


NGCodec is the most well known and powerful codec for the next generation video compression since 2012. It has great acceleration and efficiency in comparing to the traditional CPU/GPU and can with standing with the higher quality compression for live encoding. The running costs are also lower and flexible.

All these above information helps you to go to the present 360 degrees and VR formats and 4K VR streaming.

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