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How to create a VR experience in minutes (no coding)

Virtual Reality experiences are fascinating, from being able to transport yourself to the top of the Himalayas to being efficiently trained for the workplace, creating experiences for Virtual Reality involves the creation of immersive and interactive environments that generate a sense of wonder and awe.

To create a Virtual Reality experience, one traditionally had to be equipped with the following:

1) Knowledge of Game Engines such as Unity & Unreal Engine 4.

2) Experience with 3D designing tools such as Blender.

3) Possess an understanding of concepts of User Experience (UX) & User Interaction (UI) design.

4) Have a computer with the right tech specs to run programs and a device to view VR experiences.

5) A lot of patience and time on their hands.

With spatial computing and new mediums such as VR becoming changemakers for Web 3.0, content creation is no longer difficult or time-consuming.Imagine being able to create an interactive experience in the same amount of time you’d write a blog post or as easy as creating a PowerPoint slide, sounds almost utopic.

Turns out it’s actually not that hard to make a VR experience, even if you don’t have any 3D or coding experience, all you need is a browser and an idea. Whilst there are many platforms out there, one platform you can use is Scapic.

Scapic is a platform that enables creators to build Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 360 and 3D content with no coding or design skills.

With a simple drag and drop interface, customizable templates and assets along with integrations such as Google Poly and Sketchfab, creating an experience is as simple as making a slide.

The best thing? You don’t have to download any applications to view your creation, share your experience with a link across your favourite social spaces, embed it on your website or view it on your VR Headset.

Let’s explore how to create a VR experience with no coding, in minutes with Scapic:

Step 1: Log on to scapic.com and create an account.

Step 2: You will find the dashboard opening up as shown below.

Step 3: Click on Blank VR Experience to create your Virtual Reality experience.

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Step 4: Click on Create New to get started. This opens up the Scenes store, the Scenes store contains various collections suited for various needs, whether you want to tell the story of Manhattan, explore the jungles of the Amazon or stroll along the sandy beaches of Bora Bora, you can pick and choose from a variety of scenes set the stage for your experience.

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You can also upload your own 360° media by clicking on the Upload card and selecting the file you want to set the scene with.

Step 5: Now that you’ve set the stage, let’s explore how to personalize this scene and add characters; the various features you have to customize your scene are; Media, 3D objects, Text and Hotspots (left to right) which are available on the bottom bar.

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Step 6: If you’d like to add 2D media or videos to your scene click on the media icon and choose the 2D object or video of your choice. Scapic has integrations with Unsplash and Pexels which spoils you with the choice of images and videos to add to your experience. You can even upload your own images and videos to add a personalised touch to your creation.

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Step 7: If you’d like to add 3D elements to your scene you can do so by clicking on the 3D object icon and choosing from a couple of assets from the Scapic library or choose models from our integrations such as Google Poly or Sketchfab.

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It is interesting to note that when uploading a 3D object, the editor currently allows you to upload 3D objects that are in a gLTF / GLB file format; because it is more optimized for the web.

Step 8: Add text to your scene by clicking on the text icon and choosing from a set of fonts available.

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Step 9: To add a layer of interactivity to your experience, you can use the ‘hotspot’ feature, this allows you to link scenes or trigger any kind of media, object or textbox when tapped. To add a hotspot to your scene, click on the hotspot feature and click on an object, scene or media you’d like to link it to.

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Step 10: You’re done creating your VR experience! You can view this on your favourite headset by simply clicking the Share button and copying the link that appears. You can also embed your creation on your website or share it across your favourite social spaces.

There you have it, 10 simple steps to creating a VR experience and not a single line of code, 3D expertise or app download needed.