This article was updated May 29, 2019 - Facebook now supports importing of 3D photos from a computer’s desktop.
We are aware that not everybody has the latest iPhone, so we created a special export feature that lets you export your scenes into the Facebook 3D photo format without the need of owning an Apple device. In fact, you won’t need to install any third-party software like DepthCam or Omnivirt or add depth maps. The process is much more streamlined and faster and you’re finally able to upload a 3D photo of your 3D scene without an iPhone. All you need is a computer with an internet connection.
How to create a Facebook 3D photo with Vectary
- Open your 3D scene in . Make adjustments (if needed) and set the viewing angle that you like.
- Choose one of the presets for landscape or portrait mode, or set a custom resolution. We suggest you stick with the presets for the best results. These options can be found above the Download 3D Photo button
- Press the Download 3D Photo (ZIP) button
- Unzip the file
- Select both files (image.png & image_depth.png)
- Drag and drop them into Facebook’s Create a Post input field
How the Facebook 3D photos feature works
The Facebook 3D photo feature was announced back in May 2018 at their annual F8 conference. The new feature was rolled out to all of its users who own an iOS device with dual lenses such as the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus or above. Although it’s more of a “3D render” than a real 3D photo, this functionality works by giving the appearance of depth to a static, flat image and allows users to tilt the image with a Parallax effect.
Facebook’s new feature makes use of the depth maps generated by newer iPhone models (iPhone 7 Plus and above) in their Portrait Mode. Basically, the two lenses on these iPhones are configured in such a way that they can capture the same image from two slightly different angles of the subject, and then these two source images can be used to create a depth map. With this extra data, you can upload your Portrait photos to Facebook and turn them into a 3D photo.
Vectary does things differently. Since there are no camera lenses involved, Vectary generates a true depth map from the objects arranged on the 3D scene. Based on the relations of the objects to each other in the 3D space a similar depth map is generated.
Android around the corner
Users with Android phones may feel a bit left out, they can currently view these images online. As for creating 3D photos themselves, they don’t have to worry. Facebook has promised that the feature should roll out on Android in the upcoming months, starting off with Samsung devices with dual cameras or that support Portrait mode.
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