The team at Liberty3D have noticed that with so few industry-wide standards in the virtual reality (VR) area, it becomes somewhat difficult for developers and creators to spot problems in VR images, even when those problems crop up fairly regularly. A new toolset called VRScientist aims to help.
VRScientist allows someone working on 360-degree content to spot problems in 360-degree images much more easily. The app works with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or on PC desktop and acts as a diagnostic tool with several functions aimed at improving the quality of 360-degree content and reducing rendering times.
The toolset has several functions, such as the Edge Tracker, which looks for the boundary area that is produced when images are stitched together into 360-degree or panorama shots and makes it easier to locate artifacting problems. There is also the Stereopsis Tracker, which simulates the usable field of view, so the developer can ensure that items that should be out of sight are kept out of sight, or conversely, make sure the viewer’s attention is attracted towards a particular object or location.
The VRScientist toolset is designed to be easy to use and not to interfere with regular production workflow. To activate the toolset, the user need just launch the app and point it to an image that requires analysis and it will begin the process.
Considering that every VR headset is slightly different, this tool could prove very valuable for functions such as porting videogames and experiences to different platforms, to ensure the experience remains consistent regardless of which platform is being used.
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