Chapter 56: Creating delivery masters

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Excerpt from Chapter 56: Creating delivery masters, page 250:

...The lack of standards for the playback of 360˚ video is one of the most obvious examples of the immaturity of the VR industry. Nearly every device or service has different requirements, often with only slight variations from each other. However, if you use the wrong settings for a particular device, the system may not recognize your file, or you may have problems like poor image quality, stuttering playback, or no playback at all. 

This means you’ll likely need to render a number of different files, each intended for a different venue. The good news is that If you created a dub master (as described in the previous chapter), it’s pretty easy to automatically generate the files needed for each of these output scenarios using a batch transcoder like Apple’s Compressor, Adobe Media Encoder, or FFmpeg (a free, cross-platform, extremely simple and powerful file converter that unfortunately requires command-line instructions to operate). 

Distribution options can be categorized into five basic types: 

  • Video-sharing sites that accept (or specialize in) 360˚video
  • Curated video sharing services
  • Manually distributing files for specific viewers
  • Custom video playback apps
  • Livestreaming

These categories are described in detail in the next few chapters...