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I'm looking to render out a video or image for display on Google Cardboard, i.e. a video is rendered with two barrel images, one for each eye, side by side.

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I've found tutorials like the following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S-AATilv84

But I know that Blender now has Multi-view rendering capability so was wondering how to render for Cardboard from Blender without rendering an image/video for each eye, which the tutorial tells you to do.

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Found it!

Once you have set up your animation or single frame:

In your Scene tab enable Views and select Stero 3D

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Select the Camera on the scene and go to the Camera tab. Sort out the interocular disctance this should be 0.06 = 6cm, the distance between your eyes. Set Lens to Panoramic

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Go to the Render tab, change the Dimensions -> Resolution to be the resolution for a single eye (this will depend on the android phone you are using)

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Again, in the Render tab scroll down to the Output and change the Views Format to be Stereo 3D. Set the Stereo Mode to be Side-by-Side.

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Press Render or Animation depending on whether you are creating a single image or a video, and you should be done!

Check an example output here: https://youtu.be/fEFmGVymbUg (Which annoyingly youtube currently seems to be converting to different 3D formats!)

To render for VR, see this: http://b3d101.org/en/vr/

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  • $\begingroup$ I can't find the "view" option in the scene tab. Is this something that has to be enabled somewhere? $\endgroup$ – snapfractalpop Jan 12 '16 at 19:15
  • $\begingroup$ You have to tick the box next to the name views. What version of blender are you running? $\endgroup$ – pluke Jan 12 '16 at 19:17
  • $\begingroup$ I'm on versoin 2.69.0. $\endgroup$ – snapfractalpop Jan 12 '16 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ I've tested this with 2.76, I'm not sure the feature is in versions below 2.74 $\endgroup$ – pluke Jan 12 '16 at 19:20
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, then that would make sense. I'm on the Ubuntu repository version. I guess I should go get the lastest version. The repos are not as up-to-date as I'd like. Thanks for your fast response! $\endgroup$ – snapfractalpop Jan 12 '16 at 19:21
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There is another set of options on the 'save as' dialog, and you need to set the 3D option and the side-by-side option there too.

See https://www.blender.org/manual/render/workflows/multiview/usage.html for a lot more detail on this.

I am copying what I said at 3D render - requested side-by-side but got anaglyphic - how to fix to make it available more widely. This should be a comment but I don't have the reputation.

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