How to create and edit a virtual reality scene

In this tutorial, I will show you how to set up a VR scene in Maya and render a 360° scene by using the VR toolset of PlayblastVR for Maya and KartaVR for Fusion.  These two awesome plug-ins were produced by my friend Andrew Hazelden.


If you already have a scene put together, feel free to use that. In my case, I am using my Mr. Absent Minded Character with his house.


The PlayblastVR renderer allows you to create immersive previz renderings of Maya scenes in Angular Fisheye, LatLong, cubic panorama formats.

D:/Maya Project Folder/Pig House Project/scenes/Sphere_Bg_House.

This is a Equirectangular (LatLong) format.


After a PlayblastVR panoramic rendering is complete it can be sent automatically to a panoramic viewing program or a video playback tool like DJV Viewer, Adobe SpeedGrade, Amateras Dome Player, Assimilate Scratch and Scratch Player, Buf Software BVIEW, Domemaster3D DomeViewer, Kolor Eyes, GoPro VR Player, QuickTime, Whirligig, Whirligig SteamVR, VLC, VLCwarp Player, RV, Live View Rift, FCheck, or IMF Display.


Google Cardboard brings immersive experiences to everyone in a simple and affordable way. Whether you fold your own or buy a Works with Google Cardboard certified viewer, you’re just one step away from experiencing virtual reality on your smartphone.


With a wide variety of viewers to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits you just right. This Mr. Absent Minded cardboard was a hand made product by my own.


The KartaVR plug-in works inside of Blackmagic Design’s powerful node based Fusion Studio compositing software. It provides the essential tools for VR, panoramic 360° video stitching, and image editing workflows.

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KartaVR plug-in provides the essential tools for VR, panoramic 360° video stitching, and image editing workflows, the Marcos included Defishing and Rotating effects.


The StereoAnaglyphHalfColorMerge node is used to create an anaglyph red/cyan 3D glasses style stereo image by merging a pair of left and right images. It is one of the powerful features of KartaVR plug-in.

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