From the beginning, NextVR has been positioning its VR video technology toward live broadcasting, especially for sports. We’ve already seen NextVR demo their technology with the NBA, NHL, and more, while their latest test has taken them to Auto Club Speedway to capture and livestream a NASCAR race.
NextVR says that they used two cameras to capture 180-degree and 360-degree video of the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this past weekend. The cameras sat along the pit and between the track and pit, much closer to the action than where fans are typically permitted.
NextVR uses a custom VR video rig consisting of several RED EPIC DRAGON cameras, capable of shooting video at up to 6K resolution. The company has a proprietary method for streaming “broadcast-quality” live video that can be viewed on a VR headset.
For the NASCAR test, NextVR streamed the footage to FOX Sports Executives and Producers using Samsung’s Gear VR in the FOX Sports at-track television compound, according to the company.