University of California goes 360° with Hydrogen Energy
One of my commercial projects this year is a set of four short films for the University of California ecological sciences dept at their Merced campus. These cover Hydrogen Energy, Land Conservation Management, Sustainable Fisheries and Adaptable Societies (ie, how indigenous people adapted to changes in climate).
Each of these films is delivered as a pair of 16:9 traditional pieces plus a stereoscopic 360° component. The traditional video will be used as an introduction to the concepts for general education students to expose them to the issues and concepts, and the 360° piece will allow individual students to strap on a headset or Google cardboard unit and become much more deeply immersed in the subject.
The entire set of 8 pieces will be delivered in August, just in time for the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. They are all in various stages of pre-production, production and post-production right now, and I'll share the 360° Pieces here as they are finished.
The first one, about how the UC Merced Thermal and Electrochemical Energy Lab is finding novel non-precious materials to use as catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells, is done now. The Zcam V1 allowed very close proximity and provided wonderfully natural stereoscopic imaging. (There was absolutely no color grading done on this piece... it's all straight out of the camera. 360° spatial audio was finished in AmbiPan/AmbiHead by Noisemakers, running inside the Logic DAW.
The Oculus Go or other similar VR headset that you can side load videos onto is the recommended viewing headset (download link to the source file is here), but if you're reading this on your phone and want to watch the video on your Google Cardboard or other VR headset, just tap the title of the video and it'll take you directly to the Youtube app where you can click on the cardboard "glasses" icon to begin watching immersively. Watching in a browser use Google Chrome and if you want to add the url to a playlist on youtube to make it easier to watch in your headset, the url is here: https://youtu.be/kjYFlzL6jCA