Find yourself in a state of free-fall, lost in space,tumbling out of control in the orbit of our home planet, Earth.

I have always wondered what would it feel like to find myself lost in space.

From 2001: Space Odyssey to Gravity to upcoming Adrift, science-fiction media presented this scenario (often in first-person perspective) yet I could never feel like I truly experienced it. Now, with help of Virtual Reality, I am finally able to attempt and recreate the sensation – tumbling out of control in orbit of our home planet, Earth.

Watched in stereoscopic 360° video, Freefall is capable of fooling your senses, letting you experience this unique scenario for yourself.

Freefall is best experienced using high fidelity HMD (Head-Mounted Display) such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or GearVR. Google Cardboard offers a great entry-level budget option for anyone with a smartphone anyone.

You can download the high-quality video for local playback through a link below. If you’d rather watch the streaming version, make sure to set the video quality (gear icon) to 2K and use the eye icon to toggle between mono and stereoscopic views.

Unlike Prismatic, Freefall was a rather quick exercise – I wanted to see how Octane Render performs with extreme quality textures (source Earth maps were in 16K and above). I needed to test the compositing workflow for stereoscopic VR – mainly unwrapping equirectangular animations to cube maps, adding vfx and then re-wrapping.

Finally, I wanted to give the camera a continuous rotating motion on all three axes to determine the range of speeds that are acceptable for VR viewing. In the end I feel I found a sweet spot where the motion is quite disorienting, yet does not induce nausea.

Download for best quality

For best quality, I recommend viewing Freefall locally, using a dedicated app on your computer or mobile device. I had best experience using Virtual Desktop on Windows 10 with DK2 of Oculus Rift. Other popular players include Vrideo player on mobile or Kolor Eyes for both mobile and desktop. You can find more information on watching stereoscopic VR in Prismatic: 360° VR Animation. Big thanks to Dominic from Littlstar for the amazing size/quality ratio encoding!

Freefall by QubaXR (2K, Stereo 360, 420MB)
Download from Google Drive

Freefall by QubaXR (2K, Stereo 360, 420MB)
Download from Google Drive

Needless to say, the download is offered for your personal enjoyment and does not authorize you to re-upload or re-publish it online or offline without prior written authorization.

Watch it online

Here are a few options for watching Freefall online. All should work on both mobile and desktop. Swipe for more options.

Technical details

Freefall was animated and rendered in OTOY Octane Render at 30fps and enhanced to 60fps via timewarping. Mastered in 2K^2 (2048x2048px) top-bottom equirectangular stereo. Editing and compositng was done in Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects. Original satellite imagery by NASA Visible Earth.


Find yourself in a state of free-fall, lost in space, tumbling out of control in the orbit of our home planet, Earth.

PremiereOctober 2015Running time2:36Directed byQuba MichalskiAudioQuba Michalski

Privacy Preference Center