April 27, 2016: Studio Transcendent has released Rapid Fire: a brief history of flight on Samsung Milk VR. This experience guides viewers on a 6-minute journey through the history of aviation — an airshow one could never see in real life. Witness the Wright Flyer’s first leap, dodge bullets from a WWI fighter, get buzzed by the leading-edge F22 Raptor fighter jet, and be nearly engulfed by the world’s largest plane.
Gorgeously rendered with cinematic realism, Rapid Fire showcases Studio Transcendent’s adept use of Unreal Engine as a VR development platform.
This project is a strong example of the blending of Studio Transcendent’s creative and technical skills: In order to create realistic animations of the aircraft, the team rigged up an existing flight simulator and flew accurate models of the various planes while capturing the flightpath data. Co-founder John Dewar wrote a conversion program to bring the data from the simulator into Unreal Engine. This is something that Studio Transcendent believes has never been done before in VR.
Co-founder Aaron Nicholson employed his extensive theater background to create a script that closely involves the viewer in the story of aviation. He also voiced the character of Colonel Thompson, the show’s narrator. The original score was written by Joel Douek. A full surround sound mix was created by Ecco VR.
For Samsung Milk VR, the experience was rendered out of Unreal Engine into a panoramic video format using a custom output solution.
Samsung Milk VR is a premiere virtual reality content service on Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus. You can experience Rapid Fire via the Milk VR app on Gear VR or in your browser.
Rapid Fire is also available in the same format on the Hulu app for Gear VR.