“[VR is] the next major computing platform that will come after mobile." -- Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
Are you a filmmaker who wants to learn the secrets of producing immersive video content for virtual reality headsets? Then read on..
People interested in cinematic VR drown in the waterfall of tech news, become demotivated by the utter lack of clear information, and get lost in the jungle of obscure internet fora in search of much needed tips and tricks. This is why many simply give up..
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of problems you need to solve before you can finally start shooting some content? Do you ever feel lost in the technological jargon? Then this course is for you!
The Cinematic VR Crash Course teaches you everything you need to know to start shooting your own mind-bending cinematic VR experiences. From selecting a 360° camera rig and scripting, to the actual shoot and distribution of your content, this course covers it all in 10 high-quality, to-the-point video lectures.
Besides video lectures, this course includes example footage to get a feel for the material, a glossary to explain key terminology, quizzes to test your knowledge, an extensive workflow checklist to make sure your recording goes smoothly, and a list of resources to help you acquire all the gear you need to get started.
Concepts are introduced gradually, so that even a beginner will be able to follow along and become a virtual reality expert in no-time!
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
✔ Understand all aspects of cinematic VR
✔ Film and produce your own cinematic VR experiences
✔ Take on paid assignments with confidence, because you'll know how to deliver
✔ Record and mix ambisonic audio
✔ Select the 360° camera rig that fits you best
✔ Discover the limitations and possibilities of this exciting new medium
✔ Get our 360 file management software for free
✔ Gain knowledge that few possess
✔ Become one of the Virtual Reality pioneers
✔ Plus much more!
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!
So do you want to discover how to produce VR video content like the pros? Then click "Take This Course" to start your Virtual Reality journey today!
To make sure that everyone is on the same page, we'll briefly talk about why you should care about VR in the first place, what cinematic VR is and what it is not, as well as a list of tools you need to start creating immersive video content.
In lesson two of the Cinematic VR Crash Course in which I will guide you through the various types of 360 camera rigs that are currently available, so that you will be able to pick the rig that suits your needs best.
This document explains some of the key jargon you will encounter on your cinematic VR journey.
In today's lesson I will help you prepare your camera for your first cinematic VR shoot. Since the majority of 360 camera rigs are based on GoPro, that's also what we are focusing on here. GoPro HERO4 to be precise. Some steps might seem redundant -- at first we thought so as well -- but once you have a few shoots under your belt you'll be glad you put in the extra effort beforehand.
This list contains links to useful hardware and software to help you in your quest to produce high-quality cinematic VR content.
Your brand new camera rig films on all sides at the same time, so everything around it is in view, including you and any set lights you might want to use. On top of that, the points where you stitch your images together, called stitch lines, are very sensitive areas. If people walk through these lines while being too close to the camera, this can result in nasty stitching artefacts which cannot be fixed in post-production. So it is important to think about these topics in advance, which will save you a lot of headaches later on.
Today is the big day: we're gonna talk you through your first ever cinematic VR shoot! The process is far from user-friendly, but there is a method to the madness. Let me guide you through the steps.
This checklist covers the key steps to take during the preparation for a shoot, the shoot itself, and after it.
You just shot some brilliant 360 video content, and now you have to copy the data from your cams to your editing station so you can start stitching them together. Easier said than done.. But fear not, I've got some tricks for you which will save you a lot of frustration.
ManyCams is included for free as a downloadable resource
You've shot your content and organized it. Now you're ready to turn all those isolated video files into one seamless panorama using so called stitching software. Hours could be spent talking about the obscure details of stitching, but for the sake of brevity we will only focus on the most important aspects to help you get started.
Today you will learn how to create a realistic ambisonic audio mix. I'm very excited to teach you this, because I believe ambisonic audio is an important topic which is not nearly covered enough. It is important because spatial audio can greatly enhance the realism of a VR experience. I will tell you the basics, and then let our friends from Spook.fm show you the advanced mixing techniques.
Now that you stitched your videos and prepared your audio, it's finally time to start the editing process. With regular videos, editing takes up a big part of the total post-production time. With cinematic VR content however, editing is usually a bit more straightforward, since you are not working with quick cuts and multiple camera angles, but with a single viewpoint and longer scenes so your viewers actually have time to look around.
This is the final lesson of this Cinematic VR Crash Course. We started the course with a short introduction, then we helped you to pick a rig and prepare it for a shoot. We also covered the shoot itself, as well as post-production. You have now arrived at the final stage: distributing your content to virtual reality headsets.
Nick Kraakman - Virtual Reality Expert
Nick has been running successful businesses since his first year in University, and is currently pioneering the field of cinematic VR with Purple Pill VR, run by Nick and his co-founder Thierry.
Over the past months, Nick and his colleague were one of the first to develop their own 360° 3D camera rig and produce high-quality cinematic VR experiences. It was a bumpy ride, and now Nick wants to share the insights and experience they gained along the way.
✔ Virtual reality expert
✔ Cinematic VR pioneer
✔ Successful online instructor
✔ Serial entrepreneur
✔ Public speaker