Virtual Reality Documentary
Most documentary film-makers pick up a camera, set out to capture and then report the stories they deem important. Using the conventional wisdom and language of film, documentaries attempt to engage the viewers, evoke an emotional response and bring forth action and awareness. It attempts to transcribe the reality of a place, person or people and carry it across time and distance to viewers who may be completely foreign to these realities.
In this backdrop, virtual reality documentaries are a game changer – a new medium bursting with technological potential and a raw immersive power. Virtual reality has the ability to fundamentally alter how we experience events and stories, by ‘taking’ us to the points of incidence using just a VR headset. A virtual reality documentary aims to make people understand what happened in a more profound way by allowing them to become witnesses to the event.
Here at ElseVR, we harness the VR documentary format to tell urgent stories of people that don’t get their voices heard. Our audiences travel to the recurring floods of Bihar in ‘Submerged’ and witness the scope of coal excavation and displacement in ‘The Cost of Coal.’
It allows them to be in important situations and movements with greater immersion and empathy. These VR documentaries allow viewers to travel in the flood ravaged lands of ‘Submerged’ or watch scholarship-winning ballet dancers performing in ‘Yeh Ballet’ and traverse the vast Himalayan landscape with two school-girls in ‘Crossing the Sky’.
360 degree videos are commonly known as spherical videos. The cameras used to create such videos has unique characteristic to capture shots to record an entire 360×180 degree field. Cameras with wide angle lenses and great picture quality are best suited to capture 360 degree video.
How to put captured shots together?
Once the video is captured, then one needs to stich it with stitching software which will result into a panoramic video at 4k resolution. The stitching software helps to enhance videos by synchronizing white balance and exposure.
The advanced feature of stitching software helps to stitch shots in real time for live stream purpose on social platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Why 360 degree Virtual Reality?
The 360 degree virtual reality leads to interactive session for viewers as the shots spread around 360 degree. Creators as well as viewers are eagerly tapping the newness of 360 degree VR to clutter through standard viewing options and to experience the benefit of effective viewing.
360 degree virtual reality has obtained technological reign over entertainment as well as education sector. 360 degree virtual reality videos are best medium for storytelling, news delivery, travel destination, adventure sports and for many other purposes.
360 degree VR promises a more engaging content. Hence, the tipping point of 360 degree VR expects a lot more consumers for a renewed experience to capture and view videos.