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 Z CAM 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.
This is a short 9 minute experience that’s best viewed on a headset in the SamsungVR app, which is available for the Samsung GearVR and Oculus Go headsets. In the SamsungVR app please search on my last name “Yost” to find my channel (remember to click on the channel button) and before you watch this in the app, PLEASE download it locally to view it without having to deal with the resolution artifacts inherent with streaming. (The few extra minutes it’ll take to download the file is more than worth it, and you can delete it after watching to free up space.) If you don’t have a headset you can order one here for only $200. Until then, you can watch on your phone in “magic window” mode or in your browser by clicking on the thumbnail above.