Immersive VR Water Ride Experience

This case study examines the tools and techniques used to turn the Jurassic Park River Adventure into an immersive VR water ride experience

Capturing the Jurassic Park Experience in 360 Degrees

Today VR can take you almost anywhere, including the highest point of a roller coaster. As the virtual reality space has grown, VR rides have become more popular, and it’s now possible to feel all the exhiliration of hurtling down a steep incline at top speed from the comfort of your own home. In collaboration with SYFY Wire, Wundervu set out to create exactly this kind of experience, giving people around the world the chance to ride one of Universal Studios Orlando’s attractions: the Jurassic Park River Adventure!

In this case study, we’ll discuss some of the production choices Wundervu made in order to create the best VR ride experience possible, as well as challenges they faced shooting VR content on a boat.

Shooting VR Content in an Unpredictable Location

Because this VR video had to be shot on a moving boat, capturing talent experiencing the ride while also ensuring that the environment did not interfere with the video quality, certain aspects of the shoot had to be carefully considered. Wundervu had to choose the right camera, test their equipment’s capabilities, and deal with all the challenges posed by a dynamic (and semi-aquatic) environment, in order to create this engaging 360 adventure.

Choosing the Perfect Camera

When choosing their camera, Wundervu had to consider both the final resolution needed for the project and the environmental conditions the camera would have to endure. Knowing that the client had requested delivery for YouTube, and having some idea of what the ride would involve, they selected the GoPro Fusion. The Fusion delivers up to 5k video output (whereas YouTube only requires 4k), is water-resistant, and has stabilization in the stitching software, making it perfect for the job

Simulating Shoot Conditions for Testing

Having never used the Fusion for a client before, the camera had to be thoroughly tested before being brought into the field. Wundervu worked off of potential issues they knew they would encounter during the shoot. They knew that the camera would be attached to a moving surface, so to ensure the Fusion’s stabilization was sufficient, they stuck it on a segway. Likewise, knowing that it would be exposed to changing light, they drove the segway into a closet, which demonstrated how the camera reacts to changing light conditions

Working with the Talent

During the shoot, the primary camera was positioned at the front of the boat. The problem Wundervu encountered was figuring out a way to discreetly wipe water off of a 360° camera’s lens. Initially they had the camera operator sit in the boat as an extra, but with the primary camera at the front of the boat he was unable to reach the lens. Fortunately the talent was willing to help, so the camera operator gave them the cloth when he knew water had hit the lens.

Watch “Experience Jurassic Park River Adventure in 360°” Now

You can watch the final product on YouTube, or view it inside of your VR headset on Oculus Video.

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