Last week saw cinematic virtual reality (VR) company Purple Pill VR release its specifications for a pair of 360 degree camera rigs so that others could 3D print them and get to making their own VR movies. Both items accommodate a specific number of cameras to allow for panoramic filming in 2D and 3D respectively. Of course, acquiring these rigs and actually knowing how to use them are 2 different things. With that in mind, Purple Pill VR has this week launched a new Cinematic VR Crash Course video series.
The series consists of 10 lectures that cover a wide range of topics to allow VR filmmakers to get the most out of production. Lasting over an hour in total, topics include selecting a 360 degree camera rig and scripting, to the actual shoot and distribution of the viewer’s content. Also included is example footage, a workflow checklist, a glossary, a list of resources, quizzes and the company’s proprietary 360 degree file management software. The course is available over on Udemy for £171 GBP.
“We noticed a significant knowledge gap,” said Nick Kraakman, cofounder of Purple Pill VR on the announcement. “When we started out about a year ago, we had to scour the dark corners of the internet to find out how to shoot 360º videos. With this course we want to literally share everything we know in order to enable more filmmakers to start producing high-quality cinematic VR content.”
Those interested in the course should stay tuned to VRFocus in the near future, as we’ll be offering the chance to get access to it for free in an upcoming competition.
VRFocus will continue to follow Purple Pill VR’s work with cinematic VR, reporting back with the latest updates from the company.