5 Amazing 360° VR Videos and How to Watch Them

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VR videos take you “there”.

Immersive 360° content (which you can easily access on mobile) has the power to virtually transport you anywhere and actively explore content like never before.

360° stories has been in demand — YouTube even has a dedicated channel for Virtual Reality with over 3.2M subscribers that collects VR video content from BBC, movie studios, dozens of brands, and more.

Immerse yourself in these 5 stellar 360° VR videos to experience cutting-edge VR video storytelling.

1. Isle of Dogs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqXC46b1uUg

The filming of Wes Anderson’s film Isle of Dogs was no easy technical feat.

This Behind the Scenes 360° video takes audiences to the set to see how the stop-motion characters were created, narrated by the characters themselves.

2. Free Solo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRGF77fBAeM

3. Samsung’s Rube Goldberg experience



VR video is all about actively following the action. So when Samsung wanted to promote its Gear Samsung VR device, it sought to feature it using a Rube Goldberg contraption.

Audiences can move the phone around or click around the video to view the full contraption, following each sequential step.

4. Google Doodles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEePFpC9qG8

360° VR video animation showcases the creativity of the medium especially.

For its famous Doodles series, Google created its first ever interactive 360° doodle to celebrate George Melies. The video shows rich animated scenes depicting a theatrical production in honor of the pioneering filmmaker.

5. Mission Impossible: Fallout BTS



The 360° video advertisement takes audiences behind the scenes with Tom Cruise as he performs insane stunts. Viewers sit next to Mr. Cruise while he pilots a helicopter through tiny passageways and provides commentary on the experience alongside the film’s director, Christopher McQuarrie.

How to Watch VR Videos

There are several ways you can watch VR videos based on which device you have.

Mobile

mobile 360 vr video

Most VR videos can be watched using just a smartphone where you pan and tilt the phone to explore the full sphere of content. Find videos on the YouTube app.

Some videos can actually be watched on mobile browsers instead of an app (thanks to OmniVirt’s VR video player). Ensure you have the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. downloaded.

Desktop

vr video on laptop

You can also view on desktop by clicking and dragging the mouse around the content. Find VR videos on YouTube, VeeR, SVRF, and other content aggregator sites.

In Headset

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Google Cardboard

You can fully immerse yourself by viewing VR videos using VR headsets.

You can fully immerse yourself by viewing VR videos using VR headsets.

An easy way to do this is to get a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR device. This allows you to place your phone into a VR headset to view 360° content. It’s a cheaper alternative to buying more involved VR devices, like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

One middle ground option is to get an Oculus Go or Oculus Quest. Priced at a few hundred dollars, you can view 360° videos within the VR interface, whether through YouTube or even on Oculus’ Facebook app, which has large communities posting 3D Photos and 360° photos and videos.

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