The new and enhanced BBC’ s Virtual Reality (VR) Studio encompasses some of the best and latest technologies available today. It includes 3-Dimensional (3D) Audio equipped with Google Cardboard as well as:
- Realization of Mono-scopic rotatable videos on mobile and on web page.
- Use of Elegant headsets for comprehensive interaction and full movement.
- Latest applications to interactively communicate with the users.
- Application of Computer Generated Imagery (or CGI) in computer graphics, for enthralling realization of images in videos and simulators.
With the introduction of Quicktime VR, it was made possible to render the virtual environment in real time through 360 degree rotatable and interactive shots. It is recently enhanced and designed in a way that capturing and delivering videos and viewing them on low cost headset is practically possible and that too without losing the reasonable quality. Research Laboratories and Industries have been using and experiencing Virtual Reality through 3 dimensional graphics and CGI for some time. Recent progress in headsets devices has made them much powered and it is due to the installation of motion and displays sensors. These are available in consumer devices to realise better VR experiences. Benefits of using VR studio services include:
- 360-degree virtual reality videos supports high definition (HD) 3D imagery.
- Easy to produce highly rich interactive videos.
- Viewer’s ability to move freely and to shot videos with high quality resolution.
- Support for photo-realistic imagery.
- Feasible commercial solutions like volumetric capture of videos and advances to light field acquisition.
Best Practices of BBC’s Virtual Reality Studio Labs
Research and Development department of BBC is committed to enhanced open standards and share best practices. These best practices include:
- Designing and development of Web audio through W3C Coding, leading to the development of some new technologies such as Web Midi API (Application Interface) and Web Audio API.
- Development of WebVR standard to support across multi platforms.
- Robustness to enhanced progressively by slowly overcoming the existing standards and practices.
- Development of A-frame projects to more matured level that facilitates easier and better content creation.
- Aiming at viability of web platforms so as to deliver best content to public and audiences in the next 1 year.
- BBC’s future work also includes to aim at global language experiences establishment and to look for applying Virtual Reality, Application reality and support across platforms and spatial interfaces. It will make audiences to discover and interact the various content forms in a more enthralling and astonishing way.