New Quest update will stabilize your fragile VR recordings

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Meta is rolling out software update v44 for Quest headsets, and its big new feature is good news for anyone who enjoys sharing videos of themselves in VR. There are new advanced camera settings that allow you to manually adjust the amount of stabilization added and record 16:9 videos (or 9:16 vertical videos, which are perfect for TikTok) in addition to square videos – something that was previously only available through third-party software.

The settings are currently listed as experimental for reasons that are about to become apparent, but they provide decent control; Along with aspect ratio and stabilization controls, there are options that let you choose your frame rate and compression quality, although Meta’s blog post notes that these options could come with performance respectively. and file size.

Let’s take a look at some examples of the new video settings in action. I recorded these clips at the default of 24fps, but increased the bitrate as high as possible.

Looking at these results, it’s easy to see why they aren’t immediately available by default. As Quest’s UI warns, going from the default “low” stabilization to “high” stabilization will crop your image a bit. This is especially true if you’re using the 16:9 landscape format, which cuts off much of the bottom of the screen from the original square. The good news is that you can mix and match these settings. If you want high stabilization and a 1:1 aspect ratio, you can totally do that.

While the increased stabilization isn’t perfect (when reviewing my footage I noticed a couple of times when it seemed to focus on the wrong area of ​​the frame instead of where I was looking), I might consider turning it on if I was planning on sharing my beat the saber recordings with people who easily got upset stomachs; not seeing my hands very well is a small price to pay to avoid nausea. Personally (and perhaps unsurprisingly), the medium seems like the middle ground between smoothing out the footage and not cropping it too far.

Screenshot of the experimental camera screen in the Quest settings app.
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The settings give you decent control over your screen recordings.

To enable advanced camera controls, go to Settings > Experimental and turn them on. After that, the controls will be in an “Experimental” section under Settings > System > Camera.

The v44 update also brings some new features to Parental Controls and App Lock, the system that lets you password protect certain apps. Parents and guardians will be able to prevent their teens from downloading apps on their quests by blocking the ability to use Developer Mode, and you can bulk add app passcodes, either through manual selection or through a filtered. (For example, you can add a password to all adult rated games.)

Meta says the update will be rolling out “over the next few weeks”, so you might have to wait a bit longer.

PS: advanced video settings appeared for some people before this update (myself included), but now they’re officially part of the OS — as an experimental feature, of course.

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