Pro Tip: Do not edit your panoramic images! Editing these images will delete important metadata needed for the Visual Vocal software to properly display the images. 

Your end goal is to have your users experience your content in as an immersive manner as possible. To this end, it's best if your content is covers a full 360 degrees both in the horizontal and vertical dimensions.

A single stereo image file that creates a 3D “world” in which users will experience a design and potentially provide feedback.

Immersion is also aided if your images are in stereo. This is true no matter if your content is synthetic (created by a CAD or modeling package) or from the real world (panoramic camera capture).

In terms of file type, Visual Vocal can accept both PNG and JPG images. Because JPG files are usually smaller, they will upload more quickly to the web portal. Thus, we recommend you upload JPGs when possible. Our service converts all images to JPG to reduce download times for the end-user's mobile phone.

For our current release, there are two main types of immersive images that we support: spheremaps and cubemaps. Some rendering packages emit one and some specialize in the other.

The drop-down menu in the Details pane shows you which panorama formats Visual Vocal currently supports:

Each format has its own resolution recommendations which are summarized below:

Image Type
Suggested Resolution
Suggested Single Eye Resolution
MONO sphere map4096 x 20482048 x 2048
Google Cardboard VR Photo105000 x 1669*10500 x 1669
STEREO A360 cube map
bottom - top
6144 x 20486144 x 1024
STEREO sphere map
left - right
8192 x 20484096 x 2048
STEREO sphere map
top - bottom
4096 x 4096 4096 x 2048
STEREO sphere map
bottom - top
4096 x 40964096 x 2048
STEREO VRAY/GearVR/Oculus cube map
left - right
1288 x 10246144 x 1024

* For Google Cardboard VR Photos one of the stereo images is embedded in the metadata for the file so the resulting file only has the dimensions for a monoscopic (single eye) image.