A couple of years ago motion sensing technology was the latest trend where every developer wanted to get in on the act and capture the masses. Devices like Kinect, Nintendo Wii, Playstation i etc. were capturing the audiences’ attention by using cameras, sound and motion all together. Today, we have yet another technology that has truly revolutionized the way we perceive things. That technology is called Virtual Reality (VR). The minute one hears the term VR, words like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive instantly come to mind. These are both devices that help the viewer be a part of a so called virtual environment. Oculus Rift is considered to be the next peripheral for already existing computers and consoles. HTC Vive emulates the same.
Other players like Google are also entering the field with their Google Cardboard Technology. The evolution of VR has been of great interest and general amazement where motion sensing technology was improved. Then came addition of visuals and sound to create a complete viewing experience for the audiences. Today new devices are constantly being developed which are carrying forward the idea of 360 VR. With Oculus rift or with HTC Vive the viewer experiences high end content on PC and consoles, but its relatively limited in its reach. This is where Google cardboard comes into picture because it brings VR to masses through a mobile platform. Google 360° is yet another interesting prospect in this field. Today we’re part of a new phase of development for gaming industry or entertainment sector among many others, where VR is being tried out.
But there is still a question that persists:
What is virtual reality?
Going by technical definitions, the computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors.
Explaining the same concept in layman terms : imagine yourself standing in the movie. Being part of an amazing Pixar movie like ‘The Incredibles’ where you can look around and fight the bad guys along with the superhero family. Or imagine yourself being in ‘Finding Nemo’ swimming across the depth of the ocean among millions of other fish and beautiful corals. Instantly one realizes that this can be the next revolution for the content industry across all platforms.The possibilities of exploring virtual reality and it’s scope is endless.
Knownsense Studios have been experimenting with Virtual Reality for the last 2 years and we’ve had our fair share of successes and failures. Initially we were waiting for the technology (platforms) to be developed so that we can create content for it. Today the technology is mature and we’re capable of producing quality content for VR in a cost effective manner.
VR is predominantly of two types:
True VR where the camera is placed within the environment. Special dome cameras where whole images are rendered accordingly are placed inside the virtual environment to achieve the necessary outcome.
The second method is where we shoot footage directly from cameras and paste it on a sphere to give it a holistic and 360′ impact.
Going ahead we want to cater for additional needs of our prospective customers and look to innovate by introducing traditional VFX into virtual reality. In the past one years we have also realized how important sound is for 360° videos. For every VR project that we undertake, we make sure we used Spatial sound for each of our content where we incorporate 5.1 channel to 7.1 channel sound.
As with any technology, VR too has its restrictions. The mediums of experiencing VR are limited with only a few players in the market on a global scale. In addition, people are not aware of this technology. Cheap mediums for hosting the content and easy availability to the masses will help this take off.
We at Knownsense Studios look to be a part of this new trend by trying to create content for platforms for Virtual Reality and add our twist to the entire process to make the entire visual experience seemingly come to life.
Here are few of our attempts towards creating immersive VR content
Knownsense Studios is also experimenting with real 360 VR video shoot and adding vfx to a 360 degree canvas. We just received our Go Pro Omni rig to take create seamlessly stitched 360 VR videos of professional quality.
If you have an interesting story to be told, which you think requires the immersive experience of 360 VR, do give us a shout. Its the Known Sense.