One of the hottest areas in post right now is Virtual Reality (and MR/AR) and our new course aims to build on the buzz with a production-based followup from our VRL101: Virtual Reality Bootcamp course. With so much changing in the industry as we hear about new cameras and hardware weekly, it’s difficult to keep up. However, at the heart of the process there are core techniques and knowledge that artists need in order to be effective on the job.
VRL201: VR Production & Post: Live Action is the first course in our series that will build in complexity over the next several terms. This foundation level course focuses on creating monoscopic live action virtual reality, playable on headsets as well as mobile devices with Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard. The aim is to arm the artist with the foundation of knowledge necessary to tackle VR projects as well as lay the foundation for more complex VR projects and give you a leg up on your competition.
The free preview covers discussion about the project for the course, which will allow us to compare and contrast several ways of acquiring live action VR. One setup will utilize a common rig of GoPro cameras. While these rigs certainly have their drawbacks (which will be discussed as part of the course), they do allow for an affordable and approachable full 360 degree capture with a rig that is easy to move. The core stitching principles and procedures used for this rig also apply to larger rigs as well. Another setup will utilize Red cameras, which can solve many of the problems with the less expensive GoPro rig but also introduce issue of their own. The Red camera setup show how and when you can use fisheye lenses and multiple takes on a two-camera rig to capture the full 360 degree environment. For visual finishing, Nuke will be used to do the stitching and compositing.
Leading the course will be Oscar-winning Magnopus vfx supervisor Alex Henning as well as Scott Squires, who himself has received a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Henning will be sharing his insights on the post production process, covering stitching, cleanup, compositing, and integrating CG renders.
Check out the course information page for more information about this course as well as the others running this term at fxphd.