BBC Launches New VR Studio with Documentary about the Nile
“We’re understanding that you can’t separate editorial and creative from the technology,” said Zillah Watson, head of VR at BBC. “It’s a multidisciplinary team — all people bridge both worlds — where previously tech and creative were separate.”
VR Documentary Exposes Damage of Global Oil Trade in Nigeria
“The environmental disaster in the Niger Delta has been reported on for the last 20 years,” stated Zahra Rasool, Contrast VR’s editorial lead. “We wanted to find a new way to retell this important story. We divided the 360-degree screen into 180 degrees of live action footage and juxtaposed the other 180-degree section with animated versions of Lessi’s recollections, detailing what the village looked like before the oil spill. We immersed audiences deeper in the story so they could powerfully experience the scale of devastation in the community.”
NBC will present more than 50 hours of virtual-reality coverage from the 2018 Winter Olympics next month in South Korea.
VR coverage of the Winter Games is being powered by Intel True VR technology, which uses multiple camera pods to create interactive 360-degree virtual-reality environments.
The 50-plus hours of live VR programming, supplied to NBC Olympics by the IOC’s Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), will include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, alpine skiing, curling, snowboarding, skeleton, figure skating, short track, ski jumping, ice hockey, big air and more.
The Samsung 360 Round uses 17 lenses—eight stereo pairs positioned horizontally and one single lens positioned vertically—to livestream 4K 3D video and spatial audio, and create engaging 3D images with depth.
The stream is powered by NextVR, and is available via their app on Samsung’s GearVR platform or Google Daydream — they’re also introducing support for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets this season, but still no word on when you’ll be able to watch on Oculus Rift.