It’s been a while since our last blog post, not because we were out of inspiration, but mostly because this one took waaaaaaaaayyyy longer than anticipated to write. To start at the beginning, let’s move back a little over a year, to January 2016 to be precise. At that time I was seriously considering selling my firstborn to get my hands on one of the OZO’s that just came out, to avoid the process of juggling 18 GoPro’s on set to get a decent stereoscopic image. … →
We all know the VR market is still in its early days, and this gives an incredibly interesting view of the emergence of new distribution methods for this medium. Numerous “Netflix of VR” platforms are currently competing head to head, but maybe a different model altogether will win out in the end? Only time will tell. However, in the meantime it is easy for 360º video producers to lose track of what their options are when it comes to distributing their content. That’s why we created this article and the complementary infographic to shed some light on this situation.… →
A while ago we wrote an article covering the basics of live streaming 360 degree video to VR headsets. That article was written after we were asked to build a VR app capable of playing a 360º live stream, which taught us a lot, but meant we did not have to do the stressful work of setting up the cameras and keeping the live stream in the air. However, we just successfully live streamed several big music festivals in 360º from 3 locations simultaneously, so we actually got our hands dirty this time. Here is what we learned.… →
We started Purple Pill VR with two people and an idea. Now, two years later, we finished about 15 360º 3D productions, built a fully functioning multi-platform video player application, and expanded the team with 6 extra employees. Things are moving fast, and keep moving faster as the VR market is picking up speed. This blog explains how we try to deal with this explosive growth.
For over a year now, we have been producing high-quality 360º 3D video content for virtual reality headsets here at Purple Pill VR. We plan and script a production, shoot it using our (open-source) 16-GoPro rig, and then spend anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks stitching and editing the videos. On the other end of the spectrum you have companies like NextVR who are actually able to live stream their videos directly from their camera into VR headsets around the world. So isn’t streaming much cooler than pre-recorded content?
Well, we have received several requests from clients for 360º live streaming, especially from the sports industry who are used to live streaming every event they have, but producing 360º (3D) video and streaming it are two totally different ball games and so we had not put a lot of R&D into figuring out this whole streaming thing yet. To be honest, we had no idea what made a stream different from a regular video…
That was, until the guys from MOMENTUMXR told us they were gonna live stream the Grammys red carpet event in 360º and were looking for an Android and iOS Cardboard app, as well as a web player, through which people could actually view their stream. And are you really going to say no to the Grammys?! You don’t, so we started educating ourselves and managed to successfully display the live stream in our apps and web player! Here is what we learned..
One of the most time consuming and frustrating tasks we encountered during our first 360 3D video productions was finding the optimal encoding settings for each of the currently available VR headsets. Each platform supports different resolutions, frame rates, codecs, and bitrates. This article explains the settings we started with, what we learned from analyzing some of the legends in the field (like Chris Milk and Felix & Paul), and finally we’ll share a simple yet powerful free tool we built to help you encode your VR video content with the best possible settings. Let’s go!
You have shot some amazing 360º video content, but how will you distribute it to your audience and the different VR headsets? Of course you can upload it to YouTube, VRideo, or even Facebook, which all support 360º video, but traditional video platforms are not always the best option.
Sometimes you want a branded application that supports all of the pro features that make VR even more compelling than just plain 360º video, like support for stereoscopic 3D and spatial audio. But if you are a filmmaker, building apps is probably not your specialty. That’s why we are developing AppFactory, a place where you can easily upload your hi-res videos, artwork and logos, and let us turn them into a branded, multi-platform video application in no-time! … →
It all started with an idea: can we create films for Virtual Reality headsets? This was 9 months ago. The first major hurdle was to develop a camera that can film on all sides in 3D. With our own money and some friends who were generous enough to let us (ab)use their GoPros, we created a working prototype out of wood using a laser cutter… and it worked!… →
If you are a filmmaker who wants to learn how to produce immersive video content for virtual reality headsets, then we have exciting news for you: we’re building an online video course!
But why should you listen to us? Well, according to the Danish physicist Niels Bohr: “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” And boy, have we made some mistakes!
Over the past six months, we have been working on our own 360 3D camera rig to produce cinematic VR content and have gained valuable, first-hand knowledge in this area. Knowledge which only few possess, and which we want to share with the world in one complete package!
Check out the trailer below to learn more about what you can expect:
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