360 Degree Snapshots of Video Games Using Nvidia Ansel

Steve Smith demonstrates and talks about the process of creating 360-degree snapshots of video games that can be easily posted to Facebook using Nvidia Ansel.

Episode #8-12 released on November 12, 2017

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Video games have come a long way since my childhood. We've gone from primarily two-dimensional games, to three-dimensional games. We've gone from games having to follow a set storyline and path, to having open worlds like in Grand Theft Auto, The Witcher 3, Shadow of War, and many other games. And now, because of Nvidia, we can now take amazing three-dimensional screen shots that can be viewed in VR headsets, Google cardboard, and even from Google images as an image that can be rotated and viewed from any angle.

The technology that allows us to take amazing 3D screen shots of video games is called Nvidia Ansel, and where games support this technology, provided you, also, have a compatible Nvidia Graphics card, you press ALT+F2 at the same time. This will bring you a menu that you can use to create just the right kind of amazing shot that can viewed in 3D space from any angle.

Once the Ansel menu is open, all you need to do is reposition the camera using WASD, Z, X and the left mouse button, and you can press the shift button to speed up the movement. You can, also, used the directional pad on a game controller. Edit the way it looks and then click snap. To post your 360-degree snapshots to Facebook, select the 360-degree option, not the stereo 360-degree option. The stereo screen shot options are great for VR viewing, use the instructions available from Nvidia for those optional viewing types.

To see the resulting file, go to your videos folder, it will be in a folder in the same name as the game. I have found the easiest way to view it as a 360 video is by uploading it to your Facebook account, or page. Then you can use a mobile device and view the world in any dimensions. For more ways of viewing them, just follow the instructions on how to view your images in VR, by going to https://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/ansel/view-ansel-360.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Dot Net

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