360 Degree Oculus Rift Ready Videos Give you a Front Row Seat to Extreme Sports

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Take a flight in a wing suit, ride in a formula one car, or go on a daring course in a stunt prop plane — all from the comfort of your home. Making View has adapted their 360 degree video experiences for the Oculus Rift.

Making View, based in Norway, is a company which specializes in all types of interactive imagery. Their ‘Making Viewer’ tool lets people view 360 degree video. And now they’re created a Making View VR edition for the Oculus Rift.

There are three demos you can try right now. A wingsuit flight, formula one race, and a ride in a stunt prop plane.

Making Viewer VR Edition for Oculus Rift Download

The official page is down at the time of writing, so I’ll post the download links here for those of you with an Oculus Rift (note – if you are finding this article a while after publishing, be sure to check the official page for the latest versions):

Wingsuit:

Formula One:

Stunt Plane:

[If you don’t have the Rift, you can see the same experiences in the browser: Wingsuit, Formula One, Stunt Plane]

Control of the camera is done with headtracking with the Rift. The concept is pretty cool and works well, though it’d be great to see the footage in higher quality. One thing is notably absent — 3D; though it doesn’t take much to image why it would be difficult to achieve.

However, according to our friends at 3D Focus, Making View is working on stereoscopic 3D 360 degree video for the Oculus Rift.

“Our current cameras used in production do not shoot stereoscopic 360 degree content, but after creating the VR viewer we saw the use for this, and have therefore begun experimenting with a new camera rig to explore and try to solve the challenges this presents,” Making View Chief Software Engineer Daniel Ervik told 3D Focus.

Continue reading the full interview with Daniel Ervik over at 3D Focus to learn more about Making View’s exciting plans for the Oculus Rift (including live stereoscopic 3D 360 degree video!)

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