360 degree immersive video specialist Jaunt VR has today announced that it’s become a preferred VR content creator for Google as the search giant ramps up its presence in the VR space.
Jaunt has risen to become one of the most prolific of 360 degree, cinematic VR content providers over the last couple of years, with a dozen or so experiences available across multiple VR platforms, from Oculus Rift to Google Cardboard.
Google has now named Jaunt a preferred content provider with early access to it’s ‘Jump’ program, Google’s 360 video initiative which includes their ‘Assembler’ stitching and post-processing pipeline. Jaunt will however apparently continue to use their own camera rigs to capture content.
Google have been a support of Jaunt’s for some time, with it’s ‘Ventures’ arm having led a funding round last year to the tune of $27.8M.
“Jaunt has produced some of the most incredible premium VR experiences available today, so we’re incredibly excited to work together, and bring immersive VR video to everyone,” stated Clay Bavor, Vice President of Product at Google.
It’s not entirely clear what form this ‘high end’ cinematic VR will take or how the announcement affects Jaunt’s creative output. We’ll have to wait and see if Jaunt’s adoption of Jump reaps benefits in resolving the tough technical problems around the post-processing of 360 degree, stereoscopic videos.