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Mobfish VR Studio Software Review 2019

I’m an ideas guy.

I have a lot of cool things running through my mind, but when it comes to computers, I often can’t because I don’t know how to program. With VR, this is a huge roadblock for me as well as many others.

This is where Mobfish comes in.

The company promises an easy-to-use service that allows anyone to create a VR app. Does it deliver?

Read our Mobfish review to find out.

Things to Consider Before Buying VR Software

When it comes to software development, there is a lot to break down. Users need to look at the following before deciding to drop some coin on VR development software:

  • Your hardware - If you’re going to be developing on your computer, you need to make sure your hardware is up to snuff. I work with a Mac, which is great for video editing, but developing software is a big burden. Make sure your computer is capable of running the software you’re buying.
  • Cloud or local? - Some software choices can be powered in the cloud, which is nice as it takes the load off of your computer. If your computer isn’t great at software programming (like mine), the cloud may be the way to go.
  • Professional or Recreational? - Gauge your needs with the price the software you’re looking at. The investment for professional software is often higher than that of apps for recreational development but includes more features. Look at the software you’re looking to release and base your investment off that.

The ideal consumer for VR editing software is a user that’s dedicated to actually putting something out.

If you’re not sure about developing an app, you shouldn’t put your money toward one.

If you are set on it though, you’re in the right place to find out if Mobfish is for you.

Presenting Mobfish VR Software

The homepage of Mobfish.net

Mobfish is a piece of cloud-based VR software, which lets you develop apps that feature 360-degree video and photo content. The service promises cross-platform compatibility as well as offline availability.

Mobfish claims their product requires little training, and in my case this was accurate as I had the basics down in a short amount of time.

  • Web-based
  • Available for offline use
  • Works on WebVR, iOS/Android, HTC headsets, Oculus, and more
  • Cloud transcoding, which takes the load off your platform
Pros
  • Relatively easy to use
  • Cloud-based
  • High-quality product
Cons
  • A bit pricey
  • Trial includes watermarks
  • Not for recreational developers

Features and Benefits of Mobfish V

As is to be expected of a product like mobfish VR STUDIO, the company delivers a lot of different features, which each have benefits. Some of these features and benefits include:

Ease of Use

How mobfish works

Okay, I can’t say that mobfish is as easy as dropping and clicking go, but it is pretty easy to use.

I used the documentation provided to get a good start on my software in under an hour.

I specifically like how the company breaks down the sections to set your app up “just right”.

The product is very good in this aspect.

Quality

In the past, I’ve had some problems with cloud processing of my videos, as the quality just isn’t there. This isn’t the case with mobfish though, as their online transcoding works well and I’m yet to notice any artifacts or pixelization from my videos being converted.

The app building quality is also pretty good, but you need to have that talent to make the product what it is. With that being said, the tools provided are good enough that if you have the skill, others will think you shopped the work out to another developer.

Interactivity

Interactive

One thing that a lot of VR developers do that’s a mistake is not make their apps interactive.

Too many are a “click to start” and then require nothing else of the user.

Mobfish does allow for interactivity to be built in, which is key for use cases like education or show floor demos.

Different Uses

As I mentioned above, there are multiple ways to use the mobfish service.

The service can be used to educate, be used as a marketing tool, trade show tool, and more.

In the end, the software is what you make of it, and will go as far as your mind takes you.

App Library

There are a ton of apps available in both the Apple Store and Google Play Store. Some are free, and others cost you. These apps range from simple games to 360-degree video apps. YouTube has an entire VR section you can check out, and it’s mostly free.

Keep in mind, however, that these apps are limited. You cannot play the higher-end VR games that require more processing power or full motion tracking.

What Others Are Saying About Mobfish

If you’ve read any of my other VR reviews, I always go looking for different opinions to see whether I’m off base or not. With mobfish VR STUDIO, there isn’t a ton of information out there about user reviews or such.

I did find some user apps and videos, which you can see below:

Mobfish does have a YouTube channel as well where they explain the service.

Of course, since Mobfish is a German company, you’ll have to have YouTube auto-translate the captions to your native language to make heads or tails of what they’re saying. But!

They have released their first video in English about how to create your very own VR app within a few minutes:

Alternatives to Mobfish VR

Since VR technology is still a niche category, you won’t find a ton of different apps for editing and creating VR software. With that said, there are still a few different choices to create VR apps or videos. Some of these alternatives include:

InstaVR

The homepage of InstaVR.co

InstaVR is very similar to mobfish, as both allow you to create white label style apps that integrate VR video and photos. In terms of usability, I’d say that I give the edge to mobfish, but you really couldn’t go wrong either way.

Similarities
  • Both allow for self-branding
  • Multiple uses (education, marketing, etc).
  • Available with multiple VR headset brands
Differences
  • More expensive when billed monthly
  • Unlimited projects in pro mode
  • Includes heatmap for tracking where eyes go

Headjack

The Headjack app is wonderful as well, with the service offering up VR content management, analytics, and custom app creation. Headjack has been used by big-name groups like Nat Geo and Nasa but is easy enough to use to be used by just about anyone.

Similarities
  • Monthly billing available
  • Both limit to 3 projects on Pro plan
  • Deep in resources and documentation
Differences
  • Includes detailed analytics
  • Platform a bit nicer

Conclusion

Mobfish’s VR editing software is an excellent pro-grade service that’s ideal if your computer can’t handle processing VR video. I love the ease of use and various use cases for the software. I definitely recommend this to users who’re looking to develop a VR video app.

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