President Obama Filmed in VR

With 360 degree video recording technology growing in popularity, capture companies are recording world first footage by the day. While some are leaning towards sports broadcasting, others are capturing historic moments for viewing in virtual reality (VR). Content producer Azimyth Creation Studio is focused on the latter and has made headlines this week by making President Barack Obama the first United States President to ever appear in VR as part of a partnership with media company The Nantucket Project.


Azimuth Creation Studio was present at President Obama’s speech in Nairobi, Kenya during a recent visit to the country on 26th July 2015. There the company captured the speech in 360 degrees. Obama’s talk reflected on his personal relationship with the country among other aspects. The footage will be featured as part of The Harbers Storytelling Project, a film series that looks as important ideas by using new storytelling techniques. It will debut at The Nantucket Project’s annual event on 25th September 2015.

“Experiencing the President’s speech in a fully immersive environment connects the public to historic moments in a way we’ve never known before,” said Stephanie Riggs, Founder of Azimyth Creation Studio. “Virtual reality has the potential to expand news coverage in a transformative way.” It’s not yet clear just how the footage will be viewed, be it through a head-mounted display (HMD) such as the Oculus Rift, Gear VR or otherwise, though the latter has proven popular for showcasing 360 degree content in the past.

Azimyth Creation Studio and The Nantucket Project will continue to work together on other such experiences. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with the latest updates on them.