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The Bathroom (360 degree video) GIF version by RetSamys The Bathroom (360 degree video) GIF version by RetSamys


This has been in the making for a year. Ever since Simon's Cat released their first 360° video, I've been hooked - I needed more 2D animations in this kind of VR format! In order to encourage people to make more, I made the template I made for this video available for free. This video kind of serves as a proof of concept. You can do it too!

If you're looking for high quality 2D animated 360° videos, I'm trying to keep track of them in this Playlist.
I personally recommend:

There have been so many failures during this project. I tried drawing a template by hand. Ended up destroying what I did because it was horribly wrong. I tried math. Didn't understand. I tried different softwares. None of them worked the way I needed them to. I tried playing with CreaToon's lenses. And was disappointed.
Equirectangular projection is so counter-intuitive.
Finally, I learned a minimum of how to handle Blender. An amazing tool, but so complex! Buttons everywhere, different modes... I'm glad I halfway get what I was doing. But it worked. And now I have a working template.
And then, it still took forever.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Decided to try this out on my new phone. It's still super awesome :la: although I'm doing this in the dark and almost expected a jump scare in the mirror lol. There's an idea if you ever do this again 
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RetSamys Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That might be a relatively simple edit, especially compared to making a new one from scratch. Add some grime texture on the walls, maybe empty the bathtub or fill it with a dark liquid, find some sound effects, flickering lights is one of the easiest things to put in, all that's left to do is 1) creating a spectre of some sort and 2) provide some visual clues to lead to the mirror just before the jump scare.

Oh, that sounds kind of awesome, but I know I won't do it anytime soon. So frustrating! Maybe if I keep up with the weekly submissions, I'll be forced to do this because I don't have any other idea.
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Alolan-Vulpixy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there! First off, wow! This gif version really does not do this piece justice. I had a lot of fun looking around the 3d video and find this style super awesome. After spending some time looking around your bathroom on youtube I noticed a few things:

Firstly, I liked how you have some little details here and there, however it appears that there's no faucet on the bath tub or handle on the toilet. I really like the giant mound of bubbles (looks inviting) though the straight-shot of the bubbles from one side of the room to the other seems a little too rigid. Would it be difficult to have them bounce and meander in the air as they journey across the bathroom?

Second, and I actually went into my own bathroom to test this, the objects in the mirror feels very static and breaks some of the immersion. I'm not sure how difficult it would be to have some objects move a little in the mirror like what happens in real life when you look around. Maybe the next step could be learning how to include the effects of parallax scrolling into your template? (yes, I did use Google to find that term lol)

And I think that's everything I can think of. It's really impressive that you kept going even after a few setbacks and I'm happy that you were able to figure this out. Overall it's really impressive to be able to visibly look around a drawing from within instead of just appreciating it from afar. I hope you keep working to improve your technique!

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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! Thank you for your comment. I know, it's been a while... I'm glad you had so much fun with the video.

Let me try to address some of the issues you had. They're definitely valid, but for most of these, I had my reasons. The main reason being, that I am very lazy. Anyway...
The bath tub and toilet design is roughly based on the ones I'm most familiar with and seeing a lot without really paying attention. As such, the faucet in the bath tub would be inside it, hidden underneath the bubbles. Nevertheless, I could have included details, such as a place to put the soap or a shower head or a bar to place the towels. The toilet wouldn't have a handle, but buttons on the top. I really didn't feel like including that on that angle.

You're absolutely correct about the path of the bubbles. It's lazy. But it worked well enough - adding more complexities to the path of the bubbles would have been easy enough, but still, at least twice as difficult and I wanted to bring the point across. But yes, if I'm doing this kind of thing again, I would plan on making the animation more fleshed-out. This also goes for the foam.

As for the parallax. Good eye! No, really, that's an amazing detail most people wouldn't have thought about. Here's the thing, though: Parallax in a real life bathroom only happens because you're not just rotating your eyes - you're rotating your head, which means you're moving your eyes horizontally. In a 360° video - as it works right now - this can't happen. There's a fixed camera and it rotates, so there won't be any parallax. I guess this would happen if I made this in 3D...
This is the difference between a 360° video and actual VR. In a virtual reality game, parallax is one of the most basic things happening. Imagine if you could move around this room. I have no idea if this could be done in 2D without creating a new equirectangular image for each position you could be in...

Thanks again! I honestly don't know if I will do something like this again, but I'd sure like to. It takes a lot of time, but the end result is awesome... I need to find the right idea.
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Sockmonkeyinatuxedo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Student General Artist
Honestly first things first how??!?!  This is absolutely amazing. I've always wondered how people make these kinds of things.  Second of all I lobe how the animation is so smooth especially when the bubble is going towards you and then it turns.  The motion it makes is amazing,  and smooth. I don't know if you drew this, but it's drawn so beautifully. Beautiful lines. I just love this so much.  Question though will this ever have color and will you make more like this. I think it would look good with color,  but it looks really fine now. Then again what would I know your the expert on this kind of art. You've earned a watch from me, that's for sure.  Can't wait to see more of your work.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!

Yes. And now you know. And you might do something like that. Maybe. One day. Right? =D

Bubbles are very easy to make. And everything else is just about being consistent. With the template I made, I was able to quite easily get the bubbles in always the same size. The turning is a result of the distortion, in the 360° video, of course, it's going in a straight line.

I've never thought about making it in colour - or, well, maybe I have a little, by choosing a setting that works well without colour. It's an interesting idea, though. But I think it might make the room look a little empty, that's the only problem, really. Other than that, I'm probably too lazy to get back to this one. However, I might do another 360° animation. I have something in mind, but these things take a lot of time, and this was a very simple animation that was pretty much in my comfort zone.

Thanks for the watch! And the comment.
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Sockmonkeyinatuxedo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Student General Artist
No problem 360 videos or pictures are really cool to look at. Plus you deserve a lot of watchers
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Naw, that's nice of you to say.
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Sockmonkeyinatuxedo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Student General Artist
(♡˙︶˙♡) I can't wait to see more works of art by you. And it's true you do deserve a lot of watchers 
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CyberneticCupcake Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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I've been meaning to ask you, since seeing this on YouTube, why the bubbles of the bubble bath jump from the tub to either side of the viewer. Is it simply for the 3D appeal? I had thought that something would emerge from the tub beyond that. Still, it's a marvelous experiment and I'm glad you were able to find a solution that benefits yourself as well as the 3D video community.

It's awe-inspiring to see the trials and tribulations you had to go through to get the right appearance; I would have grown weary by the second or third attempt, but then I question myself often how I could do much anything when work fails to pay off immediately. I'm working to remedy that, and most of it involves helping others with such issues, and looking towards those who have worked through issues of their own that align to mine.

Any projects you plan on doing next? Perhaps adding someone in the tub, a person in the mirror, or another scene entirely?
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi!

Essentially, yes. Making amorphous bubbles go from A to B was the simplest experiment for perspective that I could think of. You're right that there isn't much else to it and that animation-wise, this isn't a huge leap forward. It's more of a proof of concept and I wanted to prove to myself I was able to think in an equirectangular distortion.

Thank you!
There's a reason why it took me a year and not the mere weeks or months it would have taken me if I just had kept at it consistently. I knew it was doable and that's what kept me going. Also, I didn't find anything out there that would have helped me in the way that I needed it to, which is why I made the template.

Right now, I don't have anything planned. But I see myself doing something in the future. It would be a completely different project, though, and more complex. You know, "real" animation. =) There are some ideas that I have that are definitely too big.

Thank you for your wonderful comment!
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I came here from YouTube after going there from here (the template). That YouTube video of yours is amazing, so it was great to find this here.
I need to, like, work with you in the future again. It would be amazing to collaborate with you again on something (anything) now that we are both so much better. :highfive:
8-)8-)
It was great little fun looking up to look for a light overhead once I saw there was a rug on the floor in the video at my feet.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:dance: It worked for you! Good. My mom got an iPad and for her, she can even move around the tablet and the room moves with it! My phone can't do it (it even crashes for things that aren't YouTube) and my computer can't either (duh). I have to swipe/click-and-drag. My-Sword-is-Bigger uses Safari and can't play it correctly.

Yes! Back when we collaborated, wow, I had a whole different process.

The light and the rug were interesting for me from the first time I actually tried to put in things: FAIL by RetSamys
It's so counter-intuitive!

There are people who are so creative with the medium - and the first thing I check is what they did to the bottom point and the top point of the sphere.
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your mom must have had an awesome experience with your room if she could view it on a tablet that way! :shocked: It's a shame it could crash the computer of the guy who created it... It's kind of a wonder you could do it, then, and maybe that's part of what made it take so long? I almost forgot you had to a computer you have to fight against. I also almost forgot I still have some old messages from My-Sword-is-Bigger that I need to do. :slow:

Back when we collaborated I had a different process, too. I measure things much more now when I want to make something real good.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It never crashed my computer. Works fine there. I just don't have an accelerometer or a tilt sensor, so I can't rotate it that way. I can click&drag, which works great.
My phone crashed the app. But it does that for other things as well and trying to load the video in the highest resolution doesn't help.
I am glad that I don't work with the netbook I had years ago any more, an image this big with layers in GIMP would have made it lag insufferably.
So, no, that wasn't really the problem. I can take the time to render out an image if I have to. The problem was that I couldn't figure out how to do it on my own until I taught myself a minimum of Blender.
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Itz-Me-Again Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Y'know photoshop has this capability, it's called "cubebrush"
I once saw someone paint a 360 landscape and ahh it looked so real and deep
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, interesting. You mean the Cubebrush website, which provides resources? Oh, yes, they have a whole tutorial on that matter. Adding it to the list!
Personally, I don't have access to a version of Photoshop that has the 3D sphere functionality.
Some people can do truly mindblowing stuff!
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Itz-Me-Again Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Well uh
*whispers*
I think the pirated version has it so you could try there
I got the template myself but have yet to test my dodgy photoshop


Yeah, it's pretty neat ^-^
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not pirating Photoshop, no matter how many people have told me lately. I appreciate it though.
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Itz-Me-Again Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Ironically I get where you're coming from. I have the actual version, but I keep the dodgy one to screw up the settings and use as an interim software when my licence dies in a hole. I tend to use other programs more than PS now, but it's still there if I need it ^^

I got it in the first place from my uncle who's a hacker, so guaranteed no viruses for a $200 program was like "hell yeah"
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EvilBeanz13 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
thats is F*** amazingWow! 
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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I don't want to be all self-congratulatory, but, yes, it really is! The future is now! I'm just glad I figured out how to apply existing applications to do this.
Thanks so much for the comment!
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mixnmash Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Woah, so this what 360 video in making looks like. So cool to see one.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, right? Panorama photos are one thing, but hand drawn scenes are really impressive - mine is rather minimal that way.
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mixnmash Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017
Still, I am impressed by your effort. Minimal or not, this is incredible. Great job.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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EvilBeanz13 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
hahaha alittle self flattery never hurt anyone. im eager to see whats nexty
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. Oh. I don't know. I... I just wanted to finish this and I'm happy that I did. I'm eager to see what everyone else can do with the resources I provided - or other resources.
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EvilBeanz13 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
hmm well good luck. as awesome as it is i don't think ill be doing one for a while.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, no worries. This is kind of specific, no one is asking you to.
I do have other projects in mind, but I don't know if I'll do them yet.
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EvilBeanz13 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
like what?
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
A friend of mine has a card game she wants to make. I might do some sketches for her and then see how far it gets.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was gonna ask you when you'd be finished with this! But damn it my browser can't do 360º videos. :ohnoes: Oh well. I'll trust you that it works. I like how you've even got the bubbles flying about.

Gonna suggest this for DD :la: Fingers crossed
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't believe it's finished!
That's too bad! Usually, the YouTube App on mobile devices works nicely, but I don't know how you access YouTube.
It does work, though, promise!

You're too kind. No, really, too kind. :hug:
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woop woop! :squee:
I'll have to check it out next time I'm on my phone then. I'm just on my laptop now.

:hug: Hey man you deserve it. A whole year's work, as well as pulling off something like this, it's really out-of-the-box for dA. So it's definitely worth a reward.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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The only troubleshooting I can provide is this, if you're still using Flash on YouTube. Unless it has to do with your hardware acceleration, in which case temporarily turning off your Intel graphics card or whatever you have might provide insight.

Haha. I wanted to do that for myself, I'm not sure how quickly this technology will become obsolete. But since I had to make a template for myself, I might as well share it for anyone else who finds it frustrating to find good resources for that one really specific thing. Who even does 2D animation in a 3D context (Gorillaz, maybe)?
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It can't be troubleshooted I believe. When the notice comes up saying that it can't be displayed and I click on "Weitere Informationen", it lists the browsers that 360º videos work on, and Safari ain't one of them.

I guess we'll see. Technology does move along at an incredible rate these days. I've stopped trying to keep up with it and I'm constantly surprised by how much I've missed just by not paying attention for a few years.
(Lol maybe.)
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah. Safari. That explains it. Sorry.

I told you that 360° panorama has been part of the internet for years before the hype, as a niche. Maybe it'll just go back to its niche existence.
(Definitely. They did it almost from the beginning. But it is more obvious in their latest 360° video.)
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Apparently even Internet Explorer does it. Internet Explorer.

Oh right, so you're counting videos that aren't the click-and-move ones you get nowadays?
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup. So weird.

I am for saying that Gorillaz mix 3D and 2D. But I used the wrong link, sorry. This video is the 360° version.
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