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The Magic Behind 'Joshua Bell VR': Immersive Video with Positional Tracking

Speaker:

Ian Bickerstaff (Director of Immersive Video Technology, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)

Location: Room 24, North Hall

Date: Monday, March 19

Time: 1:20pm - 1:50pm

Pass Type: All Access, [email protected] Add On - Get your pass now!

Topic: Entertainment VR/AR

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Many VR videos offer the ability to look around in all directions, but are unable to respond to the subtle changes in the viewer’s position; they only present the view from one single point in space. This presentation tells the story of how the 'Joshua Bell VR Experience' was adapted to overcome this limitation for PlayStation VR, creating the illusion of full volumetric video without the complexity normally associated with the technique. It then shows how this technology can now be used to enhance a wide range of other VR content.

Takeaway

For the seated viewer, positionally tracked VR video is now achievable without requiring complex volumetric video capture systems. This should help to increase the quality and diversity of live action content available in VR.