Digital Domain and the World Surf League (WSL) just lately partnered to offer surf followers a digital actuality viewing expertise. Motion sports have all the time pushed the boundaries of video manufacturing, and prior to now few years they’ve begun to interrupt down VR partitions as properly.
The WLS options the most effective surfers on the planet, and Digital Domain simply gave followers a wide ranging VR take a look at of one of many largest Males’s Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour occasions. The Billabong Professional Tahiti, the seventh cease of the eleven-stage tour, is probably the most well-liked occasions of the yr. And probably the most well-known males’s surfer, Kelly Slater, simply took residence the crown.
Digital Domain filmed a ton of competitors footage in immersive 360-diploma VR. The large-ranging footage consists of POV photographs from surfers and unique Q&A’s with the athletes. A number of the greatest footage provides followers a fowl’s eye view, following the surfers as they journey lovely waves with 360-diploma shut-up photographs. A few of the footage is at present out there on the WSL’s Fb web page.
Samsung experimented with their VR know-how in Tahiti final summer time, and the outcomes have been fairly nice. However Digital Domain’s footage is much more crisp and clear.
The Tahitian occasion is the second Digital Domain and WSL have coated collectively. This occasion is world well-known. Not just for its large waves, however as a result of they break in a particularly shallow reef immediately off the coast.
Tim Greenberg, SVP of Digital for the World Surf League, is extraordinarily enthusiastic about this new partnership. “We will now transport viewers into the middle of the motion, and with revolutionary cameras and superior 360° filming methods, Digital Domain was capable of completely seize the sweetness and drama of the game.”
Many individuals won’t know Digital Domain by identify, however their work can be acquainted to most. The visible results and digital manufacturing firm began within the early 1990’s, since then their work has gained a number of Academy Awards. They’ve labored on basic movies resembling Titanic and Apollo thirteen, and most lately Deadpool and X-Males: Apocalypse.
Digital Domain has confirmed they will produce commercially viable VR sports content material, akin to Nike’s digital actuality business “The Neymar Jr. Impact,” together with a slew of others.
Hong Kong-based mostly Solar Innovation Holdings Restricted bought Digital Domain in 2013, they usually now commerce beneath Digital Domain Holdings Ltd. They’re investing closely in VR. Final summer time we appeared into their VR protection of the 2015 Worldwide Champions Cup. They personal IM360, a subsidiary VR firm. Additionally they just lately introduced their Zeus 360-diploma VR digital camera know-how.
360-diploma VR and motion sports appear to be an ideal match. They’re typically particular person sports, they usually are not often confined to a small space. Most of the greatest professionals do most of their work in distant places distant from stadiums and broadcast tv cameras. This makes sports like browsing and snowboarding the prefect match for POV and drone based mostly VR footage.
WSL and Digital Domain have already given surf followers some unimaginable VR footage from one of many yr’s largest occasions. With the continued progress and enchancment of VR digital camera know-how, anticipate to see the 2 corporations experience this wave for years to return.