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The HUGE Difference Between Stereoscopic and Monoscopic 360-Degree Content

Industry beginners are often confused about the difference between stereoscopic and monoscopic 360-degree content.

In this blog, we’ll answer your questions and explain a bit more about the two.

A closer look at monoscopic 360 photos & videos

To put it briefly, monoscopic 360-degree content (2D) are captured using a single lens camera. It’s cheaper to make and easier to produce.

When viewed from a VR headset, a monoscopic 360 photo or video is immersive but looks a little flat. Everything seems to have the exact same distance away from you. It still looks fine and a lot of people are impressed with it.

The HUGE Difference Between Stereoscopic and Monoscopic 360-Degree Content

Dive in stereoscopic 360 photos & videos

On the other hand, stereoscopic 360-degree content (3D) are captured using a camera with twin lens systems. It produces two images, one for each eye. It recognises that your left eye has a different perspective from your right eye. This creates the illusion of depth and distance, which gives you a better view of the virtual environment. You feel more immersed that you want to reach out to things and touch them.

Being excellent, stereoscopic 360-content is more difficult to capture and process.

The HUGE Difference Between Stereoscopic and Monoscopic 360-Degree Content

Go for both monoscopic and stereoscopic 360-degree content

Mono is best when the 360-degree content is viewed mainly from a flat-screen device like your phone, tablet, or computer. It doesn’t look bad when viewed from a VR headset either. But, a stereoscopic 360-degree content is easier to watch in a VR headset which has two screens.

But, VR headsets are designed for stereoscopic 360-degree content. It is the basis of VR. It is the future, but right now, it’s best to invest in both.

A little assignment

Here, we have two VR environments. You may view them using any device, but we highly recommend that you take a look at them from a VR device. Then, let us know your thoughts 🙂

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