Imagine exploring the ice worlds and rainforests. May be some of you have already experienced that, and some may haven’t. Thanks to VR technology, it has become easier to explore the places you haven’t been to and experience them as if you are virtually present there. Already, Google and Facebook serve a lot of content for the VR platform. Now, BBC is coming up with the second series of ‘Planet Earth’ that captures the stunning biodiversity of the planet with a twist. The BBC is offering a peak into what goes into making the popular program. It has now released a new 360-degrees video to let you experience the stunning landscapes of Galapagos. Also Read - HTC to launch a flagship smartphone after 2 years in July 2020Also Read - Atari-branded hotels with gaming rooms and esports studios coming to these 8 US cities
Narrated by David Attenborough, the Galapagos Island in 360-degrees video shows what goes on behind the scenes and offers a glimpse into the technology used. To watch the 4-minute long video, you don’t need to have a specialized hardware. You can either watch it on your desktop or mobile browser. However, if you have a VR device like a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR, then you are in for a treat. The video is available in resolution up to 4K but you will need to have a really robust internet connectivity and compatible display/device for the same. With virtual controls you can enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of Fernandina, which is an unhabited island of the Galapagos. Also Read - YouTube VR app comes to Samsung Gear VR though the Oculus Store
The episode shows how marine iguanas hatch out of their eggs and come running towards the rocks where their parents are. It also captures a thrilling battle for life between snakes and an iguana. Crew head, Jonny Keeling, explains the kind of cameras used for shooting the scene; from stabilized camera which allows the crew to move with the snakes and iguanas for super steady shots, to a long lens camera that offers crisper details from a distance.
The video further takes you for a dive into the sea with fur seals and brings you up to the volcanic landscapes with booby seabirds getting sun-soaked. While 360-videos are still at a nascent stage, they serve as a great opportunity for content creators who intend to serve beyond the ordinary. With the internet world being a window to places and reality unknown before, 360-degrees videos account for an amazing experience. Tech giants like Facebook, and Google on the other hand, too are increasingly focusing on ways to bring the new-found technology to the masses through apps such as the newly launched YouTube VR app and virtual reality tours of iconic monuments and places. Facebook is already aggressively pushing virtual reality content on its platform, and encouraging publishers to embrace the VR technology.
Interestingly, back in 2013, Google had released 360-degree imagery of Galapagos Islands through its Street View. Similar to BBC’s Planet Earth II, Google too aims to capture biodiversity of Galapagos Islands. Earlier this year Washington Post released its own 360-degree video of Galapagos Islands. Meanwhile, here’s sneak peek at Google’s 360-degree imagery of the islands and behind the scenes of Google’s Street View team. ALSO READ: World s first 360-degree live smartphone VR camera unveiled