A lot of excitement has been built up around virtual reality (VR) movies and videos over the past few months without many of the glaring issues and questions having been addressed. Just how filmmakers can make sure that users are focusing on the right areas at the right time and how they can transition between two shots comfortably are two problems that are yet to be properly discussed. A new music video featuring music group Steye & The Bizonkid looks to for some interesting answers to these issues.
The band has released a 360 degree video of ‘What Do We Care 4’ using the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). However rather than being a simple video in which viewers feel like they are next to the artist, various experiments are carried out in order to try and create a more cohesive viewing experience. A box is temporarily put over the viewer’s head to allow for a rapid change in props and costumes, for example, while arrows actually placed within the environment guide the viewer on where to look.
The piece certainly contains some interesting solutions, although adapting some of them to the likes of movies would prove challenging. The video can currently be downloaded over on Oculus VR’s official Share Beta for PC and Mac or through the band’s website. It’s free to experience and works with both the Oculus Rift’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2). VRFocus will continue to follow each and every VR video, bringing you the latest updates on them.