BETA: Enabling Virtual Reality

Last Updated: Oct 12, 2016 02:10PM CDT
The beta version of the virtual reality feature is live and ready to meet your Church Online Platform experience. 

By using the Virtual Reality feature, you can offer a VR option to any of your normal #churchonline experiences by providing a few additional files types. Your attenders who view via desktop will experience a normal session; your attenders with VR-enabled smart phones will be able to access the VR version of your event. 

You can upload full, 360-video church services, or we've created a 360° environment that you can plug a normal-aspect video into. To test it out, embed your normal #churchonline experience into the template provided in the admin.

360° video is also known as an immersive video. Immersive videos are video recordings of a real-world panorama, where the view in every direction is recorded at the same time. This video is usually shot using an omnidirectional camera or a collection of cameras.

Meanwhile, in the fabricated virtual environment, your video content is inset into a 360° photo that looks like a church experience. 

For the best experience in Virtual Reality you'll need a fast Internet connection and phone.

Events

Virtual Reality is managed in your Video Settings from the Events page.

1. Click "Events" from your admin panel

2. Select "Edit" to access the video settings page

 

Video

1. Go to the "Videos" tab to access the Virtual Reality embed.

 

File Types

Different devices and browsers support different files types for use with Virtual Reality. 

HLS (or HTTP Live Streaming) is a type of file streaming that is supported by both Android and iOS devices. .Mp4 files are supported by Android devices. 

1. Virtual Reality requires direct access to the .mp4 or HLS video file. You may be able to isolate the direct file link to that video through your hosting site—you're looking for the link only and none of the other coding that usually comes with an embed code. You may need to contact your streaming provider to access the direct video file link. 

2. 360° video requires a 1080p video. If you're using a 360° video, toggle the "360 Video" button on. The virtual environment requires a 720p video.

3. If you're using an .mp4 video and it's not streaming, turn on the Simulated Live VR. Learn more about Simulated Live here.

If you have any additional questions, please visit churchonlineplatform.com/help or email us at help@churchonlineplatform.com