So by now, you should already receive your brand new Oculus Quest 2 or watched tons of Quest 2 review by other VR gamers, but still not really sure how good is the image quality of the Quest 2. Instead of blindly trust other influencers, you should have your own way to test the image quality with MAX resolution media that can push the limit of the brand new
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ XR2.
The MAX resolution of Quest 2 is
8192x4096 in 60fps for monoscopic 360 video or 5760x5760 in 60fps for 3D stereoscopic 360VR video.
As an immersive content creator and professional VR filmmaker, I will provide my test footage shot on the 11K Insta360 Titan, and 6K VR180 video in ProRes 10-bit color shot on the Z Cam K2Pro. I will even offer you a 10-bit sample with pure black to test the black level of the brand new LED display compared to the OLED from the Quest 1.
After you see the impressive Quest 2 image quality with Professional high-end VR cameras, I will show you my rendering workflow in Adobe Premiere or in FFMPEG, so you can create the best looking immersive video for other Oculus Quest 2 users.
I will also show you how to use the new Cache media feature on Oculus TV to watch some official remastered contents produced by Oculus.
Hey, what’s up, everybody? It is your boy Hugh here from CreatorUp, the #1 YouTube channel dedicated to immersive VR filmmaking for everyone.
First, disclaimer, I am not as lucky as other VR influencers who get their Quest 2 during Oculus Connect, for free from Facebook. I bought my Oculus Quest 2 just like everyone else — so all my Quest 2 reviews are unbiased and based on my own experience.
If you know me and have been following this channel, you know my original VR content is constantly featured on Oculus TV. So I hope my opinion will help you.
After reading so many complaints on the Internet or on Reddit, my first impression of the actual unit is excellence. Well, I have a smaller IPD, so I can use the smallest setting and get the widest field of view — so, you might not have the same experience based on your IPD distance.
The image quality is comparable to the brand new Pico Neo 2 Eye — which is also a 4K VR headset that costs $899:
If you don’t care about your privacy setting and the Facebook drama, then the Quest 2 makes a lot more sense compared to Pico Neo 2 — which probably the only competitor Oculus has on the wireless VR headset market.
Yes, Oculus is winning, by a lot. Thanks to the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ XR2, which is a lot better than 845 chipsets. Here are the specs of XR2:
As a 360 video creator, I only care about Display and Video. 4X better in Video and 6X better in the display are all big deals. That is why the screen door effects now are entirely gone. To be fair, Pico Neo 2 also does not have any screen door effects — and that is the standard for any future VR headset moving forward.
So how good is the 360 video quality of the Oculus Quest 2?
Well, you won’t see that if you sideload your GoPro MAX or Insta360 One R video onto Oculus Quest 2, because the source file is already in low resolution. Consider your Quest 2 is a brand new TV. If you stream a 50s black and white movie, it still looks like a black and white 50s movie.
That is why you should sideload the Max resolution 360 video or VR180 video to test the upper limit of the Oculus Quest 2.
Wait, what is the MAX resolution? Oculus Quest 2 is capable of playing back 8K videos in 60fps — which is the highest resolution playback in all wireless VR headset — including the previous winner Skyworth S1 — review right here:
Here are the 360 MAX video specs:
- 8192x4096 / 60fps h265
- 8192x4096 / 30fps h264
- 5760x5760 / 60fps h265
- 5760x5760 / 60fps h265 and h264
Even tho the max resolution is 8K, Oculus does recommand to render in 7200x3600 / 60fps h265 with 100Mpbs bitrate. The visual fidelity is almost identical between 8K and 7.2K. Oculus TV has a 15G upload limit — and that is why if you have a long-form content, you want to drop your resolution to save space.
What is the easiest way to see some high-quality content? Well, it is from the official Oculus TV. Go to TV from the Oculus Menu, “Remastered for Quest 2” should be your first playlist. You still can not see the true resolution if you stream this over the Internet. So you need to cache the video.
- navigate to “Your Media” in Oculus TV
- select “Open Permissions” for Storage and “Allow” access
- quit and re-launch Oculus TV by click B button on your controller
Now, for items in the “Remastered for Quest 2” shelf, you’ll see a new menu option called “cache”.
Cache the video you want, and they will be download onto Your Media and ready to be watched in the highest quality. Besides the “WHEN WE STAYED AT HOME” Tokyo piece, for which you will see my name in the credit, I will highly recommand the new original series called Micro Monsters. Well, if you don’t afraid of bugs.
I am working hard during COVID to produce new series on Oculus TV that are mastered in Quest 2 standard — and I can’t wait to show you guys. Keep an eye out for CreatorUp original content on the remastered for Quest 2 shelf.
But, if you want to benchmark the image quality, you have to know the exact resolution and frame rate of the video you are testing. And that is why I will provide 3 testing samples for download, completely FREE with LOVE.
The first 2 samples are from the Insta360 Titan — please go check out this video right here and go to the YouTube Video description and find your direct google drive download link right here:
The goal of that 2 videos is to see the image quality comparison between 11K 30fps and 8K 60fps. Even tho 11K 30fps looks nicer in pixel level, 60fps is a lot closer to the Quest 2 refresh rate, which less motion sickness for your viewers. You can also follow this video to use Visibit to convert your 8K 30fps video into 8K 60fps video for Oculus Quest 2:
Some people complain high-end VR180 is not working on Quest 2. Well, I make the highest-end VR180 cinematic video with the Facebook Z Cam K2Pro. And it works fine on Quest 2. In fact, the image quality from a 10-bit video source is absolutely breathtaking. Don’t take my word for it. See it yourself in your Quest 2.
I will provide 2 VR180 footage shot on the Z Cam K2Pro with the iZugar MKX200. Both footages stitched directly in Mistika VR in 5.7K ProRes 422 HQ with original 10-bit color and converted it into Quest 2 playback format. The FFMPEG command is from Oculus.
The first one is well-lit stage lighting, and it is charted.
The second one is from one of my actual production — with 10-bit 4:2:2 subsample pure black as you see right here, to gradually lit set. So you can see the dramatic lighting change and color rendering of the brand new Quest 2.
Now, let’s learn how to render the best image quality 360 or 180 VR video for Oculus Quest 2.
You can directly render HEVC or H.265 now in 8K 60fps inside Adobe Premiere. But I won’t recommand to do so as Premiere is not the best rendering software, and it might crash depend on your computer spec. Oh, and def do not use Media Encoder for 8K video render. If I can save your hours of frustration, I would love to do so. So Stay away from Media Encoder.
I will recommand render a ProRes 422 master file in .mov container. With this high-resolution master file so you don’t need to worry about bitrate. You then use the free and open-source FFMPEG command to make the .mov into a Quest 2 friendly format.
Here is the command line for you to copy and paste:
ffmpeg -i “input.mov” -c:v libx264 -preset slow -crf 18 -maxrate 100M -bufsize 200M -pix_fmt yuv420p -an -movflags faststart “output.mp4”
If you need a quick tutorial on how to use FFMPEG to render VR video, check out my Quest 1 rendering tutorial right here:
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy your new Oculus Quest 2 and use it to watch some amazing VR content instead of just playing VR games. Quest 2 is a VR headset for more than just hardcore VR gamers. You can use it as your home theater for both Amazon Prime, Netflix videos, or Immersive 3D 360 videos on Oculus TV. I will have more in-depth reviews and tutorials on the brand new quest 2 coming up. Let’s learn how to use the Quest 2 for video production — in both 2D Virtual production and 360 immersive content creation. I have to say this headset really push immersive storytelling to the next level.
The road of VR is bright and it is a great time to jump in and learn to create content in it. Subscribe to CreatorUp so you can learn the in and out of Oculus Quest 2 for video production and hit the notification bell to stay up-to-date as Quest 2 update is coming almost every week. And I will see you in Virtual Reality.
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