Exhibit Featurette #5: GoPros + Cinema = Virtual Reality Movies

Have you ever been watching a film and wished that you were not confined to what the director wanted you to see? Maybe you wanted to take in some of the scenery, or maybe you were wondering if something cool is happening outside of the frame. These wishes could soon be fulfilled with the help of virtual reality cinema, which will be on display at this year’s Imagine RIT.

gopro4Victoria using an Oculus Rift

Victoria McGowen, a third year Motion Picture Science major and her team over in RIT’s Virtual Reality and Imaging Detector Lab have created a means for capturing video that can be used in virtual reality. This is accomplished by affixing multiple Gopro camcorders to a surface to make a “GoPro Platter” as team member Sean Cooper calls it. That along with the help of some image stitching software can allow a director to film hemispherical video. After the videos are gathered and stitched together the team uses an Oculus Rift headset to display the images in virtual reality.

gopro2GoPros attached to a surface prototype

An Oculus Rift is a headset that is worn over the user’s eyes and displays a different image for each eye giving off the illusion of virtual reality. It also uses the movements of the user to further the feeling of virtual reality. The experience is truly spectacular and the team wants to share the experience by allowing Imagine RIT visitors to try on the Oculus Rift and experiencing it for themselves.

gopro1The Virtual Reality Cinema Team from left to right:

Back: Kayla Mouriz, Matt Setlow, Sean Cooper, Noah Kram, Andrew Gillie

Front: Anna Dining, Hollie Grant, Victoria McGowen

Once this project has been completed the Virtual Reality Cinema team hopes to let the school of Film and Animation utilize their creation to make truly unique videos. “We work with the film department and we wanted to kind of bring in a cinematic experience to virtual reality.” said McGowen. Though the team seemed very excited about the future of their project, they also want the opportunity to showcase many of the other interesting aspects of Motion Picture Science. The team wants to showcase a different project every year, and we are excited to see what they come up with! Check them out at this year’s Imagine RIT.

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