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John Wick to Become a Virtual Reality Experience. Are Movie Theaters About to Disappear? How VR Will Remake Hollywood. Since the first public movie theater opened in the U.S. in 1905, movies have evolved significantly—sound, color, computer effects, high definition.

Are Movie Theaters About to Disappear? How VR Will Remake Hollywood

However, one thing hasn’t changed. We still go to the theater to see our favorite films on the big screen. But for how long? During a panel at a recent program put on by 20th Century Fox Studios and Singularity University, an unspoken question lingered in the audience: Are movie theaters on the verge of extinction? Long gone are the days when a movie was isolated to a two-hour screening at a public theater near you. Meanwhile, a powerful new medium is on the horizon. Peter Diamandis testing a VR simulation at Exponential Leaders conference After a few years in development, the first high-end consumer virtual reality devices are due in 2016. And there’s evidence this is exactly what we want.

But it’s not just a fully immersive viewing experience that VR promises. VR demo at Exponential Leaders conference. Photo credit: Trevor Traynor. Oculus Founder: Virtual reality will change jou... These FX Wizards May Have Solved VR Films' Biggest Problem. Sebastian Marino already has an Academy Award for his special-effects work on James Cameron’s Avatar, but the other evening he became a director, and staged a tiny shoot in his apartment.

These FX Wizards May Have Solved VR Films' Biggest Problem

He and a small crew set up an array of cameras and filmed two actresses in front of a green screen. Only one of them delivered lines. When you buy a movie from Oculus, your friends get a ticket too - UploadVR. The Fundamentals of User Experience in Virtual Reality — Block Interval. One of the curious things we've discovered is that normal maps don't work too well in VR in a lot of cases.

The Fundamentals of User Experience in Virtual Reality — Block Interval

This is because the eye is very good at picking out depth information- and since VR is stereoscopic by default- we see normal maps as flat or lacking all of the depth information to signify 'this object has depth.' This means that geometry has to carry the weight of immersion much more than normal maps. It is probably a good idea to only use normal maps on objects that will be far away from the player since the parallax effect will be negligible beyond a certain distance. We're not saying don't use normal maps- but we're saying that if you try to use normal maps to convey depth on objects that are near the player, you're going to fight against immersion.

One of the amazing things about VR is the ability to get up close and personal with virtual objects. Paranormal Activity VR Demo Heading to Theatres This Week with HTC Vive. Back in June 2015 VRFocus reported on the news that developer VRWERX was working on a new entry into the popular Paranormal Activity horror franchise in the form of a virtual reality (VR) videogame named Paranormal Activity VR.

Paranormal Activity VR Demo Heading to Theatres This Week with HTC Vive

The experience is set to arrive on the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) next year. For those that can’t wait until 2016, however, VRWERX has today announced that a demo for the title will be on display at select AMC theatres across the US from tomorrow. The demo of the title running on the HTC Vive is being showcased around the country to coincide with the latest release in the film series, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.

The sixth and final instalment in the series opens on 22nd October with 19:00 showings. Object-based-audio-key-to-vr-immsersion,30351. I recently attended Immersed 2015, and after going through my notes, an obvious recurring theme emerged: Many, if not most, of the speakers and panelists at the event were of the same opinion that the auditory experience in VR is just as important as the visual experience -- if not more important.

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"Sound is 50 Percent Of The Movie Experience" There were many presentations at Immersed 2015, and if I learned one thing from them, it is that the people working diligently to bring the best, most compelling virtual reality experiences to fruition have all realized that audio can't be ignored, though it largely has been thus far. Many of the early VR experiences that are available for the public to download and play have been unconcerned with the auditory experience, but a bad one can completely break the immersion. How The United Nations Is Using Virtual Reality To Tackle Real-World Problems. Though there’s still much to be learned about the power and potential of virtual reality—from the release date of upcoming VR headsets to how this nascent technology will shape entertainment, education, and social interaction—filmmaker Chris Milk has already arrived at one important conclusion.

"Virtual reality, fundamentally, is a technology that removes borders," he says. "Anything can be local to you. " Milk should know. The trailblazing director, who made his name creating cutting-edge, immersive music videos for bands such as U2 and Arcade Fire, recently founded the Vrse.works production company to push the boundaries of virtual-reality filmmaking and offer tools and support to people interested in the medium. Roadtovr. An interview with Polish site TVN24Bis.pl may have just revealed the release date for the HTC Vive in three territories, US, UK and Germany.

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In an interview with the site, HTC with Bartosz Zik, Product Commercialisation Manager at HTC, it’s mentioned that HTC expect to “Premiere” the SteamVR headset on December 8th. Update: We reached out to HTC and their response states “I would not consider this information confirmed or from HTC official channels.” Update 2: The same HTC employee in another interview can be seen below – again stating the 8th of December for an HTC launch. Make of this what you will. The HTC Vive headset was announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in March this year, before going to dominate at the adjacent GDC conference a few days later. 4 Steps to Start Experimenting with WebVR in 10 Minutes. WebVR is not a new thing — people have been talking about using WebGL to render interactive 3D graphics in the browser for over half a decade, in various different implementations.

4 Steps to Start Experimenting with WebVR in 10 Minutes

What is new, however, is the availability of open source libraries that even novice developers can use to build VR experiences in very little time. Even just 24 months ago, this would have been difficult to state. But the hard work of a few dedicated enthusiasts (Josh Carpenter, Brandon Jones, Vlad Vukićević, Tony Parisi, and Boris Smus just to mention a few) has opened up a world of new content for the web. Guest article by Anjney Midha: Optinvent-lance-la-version-grand-public-de-son-casque-de-realite-augmentee. VR Launchpad 2015: Eric Romo - Lessons Learned In VR Startup Fundraising.

Magic Leap Releases Raw Footage Created With It... Réalité virtuelle: pourquoi les entreprises françaises ont toutes leurs chances. Virtual Reality Is ‘The Last Medium,’ Says Filmmaker and Vrse CEO Chris Milk (Q&A) “I prefer making stuff to talking about how I made the stuff,” says Vrse CEO Chris Milk.

Virtual Reality Is ‘The Last Medium,’ Says Filmmaker and Vrse CEO Chris Milk (Q&A)

“I have to do that a lot lately. You do one TED Talk, and then everyone thinks that you’re the guy.” But like it or not, Vrse has been attracting inbound attention from Hollywood, Silicon Valley and beyond. The 15-person startup has forged partnerships with major media entities like the New York Times, entertainment properties like “Saturday Night Live” and even the United Nations. How VR will conquer your worst fears. When I was a little kid, I washed my hands so often that my skin bled raw.

How VR will conquer your worst fears

I had just learned what germs were and in my imagination little disease-ridden critters crawled all over me every time I touched something new. So a few times an hour, I would run to the sink and try to scrub them off. Not really knowing what to do, my mom bought me a pair of pretty white princess gloves and hovered to make sure I never took them off.. I got over obsessively washing my hands, but it was the beginning of a lifetime of finding terror and anxiety in odd places. I’ve been crippled with panic over irrational fears of sharks, sweat, public restrooms, and, after violently slamming into a tree the first time I got behind the wheel, driving a car. La réalité virtuelle pour guérir des phobies. The Choreography of Attention.

At nearly every VR related conference I’ve been to someone either on stage or in discussions steadfastly claims: You can not edit in VR.

The Choreography of Attention

Usually this is followed by a quip about teleporting audience members from place to place and how ‘just not real that is.’ I’m not sure how this strange notion got started, but let me assure you: it’s all lies. Lies I tell you! Seriously people. You have to stop saying this. Editing is a thing When an expert says that you can’t edit in VR what they usually mean is that the standard film language for shot types: establishing shot, close up, etc, have no easy analog in VR.