The second Oculus short film “Henry” premiered at an event in Hollywood on Tuesday, beginning what is shaping up as the transitional period for virtual reality from developer toy to mainstream medium.
Wired called the film, about a hedgehog who just wants a hug for his birthday, “The Most Important Movie of 2015”. The L.A. Times said it was “the beginning of a new chapter in entertainment.”
“The character will suddenly look at you. Henry will do that. Henry will be aware that you’re there watching his story unfold,” said Oculus Story Studio Creative Director Saschka Unseld in a promotional video.
NFL training has surprising impact on public awareness of VR
The NFL helped make VR’s resurgence common knowledge when sports media this week began covering efforts by teams including the Patriots, Buccaneers, 49ers and Cowboys to contract with competing VR companies for their training software.
“All the research says that real video engages your brain more,” said Derek Belch, STRIVR founder. “We capture what actually happens on the field. Whatever the teams are practicing — that is what we get.”
Microsoft Research used “106 synchronized RGB and infrared cameras on a calibrated greenscreen stage” (video, paper) to capture footage that can later be reconstructed as geometry and viewed from any angle while being streamed at 9-12 megabits per second as a standard MPEG-4 file. The solution eliminates most of the jittering artifacts that have plagued other implementations such as 8i.