Imagine your client wants to use your 360 video for a product launch with hundreds of reporters gathered in a room. You want them all to see the 360 video at the same time for maximum impact just before the big reveal. With a conventional video, you can simply use a large screen. But with VR headsets, how can you present your 360 video to their VR headsets at the same time? The scenario I described actually did happen, and the solution was VR Sync. Here’s how it works and some use cases.
Here’s a product video for VR sync:
VR Sync is a software that lets you present your 360 video or photos to multiple VR headsets, and puts you in control of the viewing experience. You can start and stop the video, fast forward, rewind, or play a queue for all the headsets at the same time. VR sync is scaleable and can be used for 1 headset to hundreds of headsets simultaneously, with or without being connected to the Internet.
In addition to software, VR Sync also has a local network for cases where Internet is not available. Called VR Sync Box, it is a router with built-in server that requires only a power supply and can present 360 photos and videos offline to several VR headsets simultaneously.
VR Sync has been used by Fortune 500 companies such as Ford during presentation of the Ford Shelby to more than 750 members of the press at the same time.
VR Sync was also used by Nikon at its Photokina booth to show 360 videos of the Nikon Keymission 360 to attendees using two VR booths. As attendees filled each booth, staff could begin the 360 video for the headsets simultaneously.
VR Sync can be used even without the internet. On one occasion, the United Nations wanted to present a 360 video to 150 attendees. Due to security and other reasons, there was limited access to the internet. With the VR Sync Box, staff were able to setup a simultaneous 360 video presentation within 15 minutes.
Pricing and compatibility
The cost for VR Sync varies based on the number of headsets being used concurrently and the time period, starting at 5 euros per device for a week. VR Sync Box starts at 350 Euros for a capacity of 50 headsets, up to 2,450 Euros for a capacity of 300 headsets.