Milk VR, Samsung’s content portal dedicated to 360 degree video content, has launched a new channel designed to highlighting and celebrating high quality independent, community VR filmmaking. It’s called Gear Indie.
Everyone our there can capture video these days, and everyone with even a modestly specced smartphone can achieve some pretty impressive results and share it with the world thanks to YouTube.
The barrier of entry to entering the world of 360 video production is (currently at least) significantly higher. Therefore, if portals like Samsung’s Milk VR are to succeed and their supporting hardware thrive (think Gear VR) community filmmakers who do go the extra mile to film for VR, need to be encouraged.
This is the idea behind Samsung’s latest initiative attached to Milk VR, the company’s big push to establish a go-to portal for high quality immersive cinematic content. The new channel, to be accessed as usual through the Gear VR application, is called Gear Indie, and launched today with a curated selection of 360 video content from non commercial sources.
In the near future, Samsung has plans to take things further. They will be offering mentors to promising filmmakers to assist them to realise any 360 projects they have ideas for. Plus, they’ll begin setting 360 video challenges to the community in the next few months.
The channel is available now and will receive over 10 films in the coming days as Samsung slowly releases content to the channel. Here are some highlights to look forward to.
The Alien Desert, Producer: DryftVR
A time-lapse experience in the Mohave Desert.
Nissan GT-R Drives Le Mans, Producer: Hamilton+Kidd
Jump in a GT-R and experience a 360 degree lap around the Le Mans track.
Teleportaled, Producer: PAVR
A virtual reality comedy via Teleportation.
J.O.A.T. the Butcher, Producer: cirkus
Cirkus proudly presents J.O.A.T. in “The Butcher.”
Ireland VR, Producer: Eric Fassbender
Enjoy the calming sights and sounds of Ireland in 360 degrees.
Inside a Fusion Reactor, Producer: Fusion
General Fusion is trying to tap into the same power as the Sun with a fusion reactor that uses saltwater and steam to produce electricity. In this video, go inside a fusion reactor in VR.
Nova Scotia 360, Producer: Virtuacity
A 360-degree slice of life from Nova Scotia’s Acadian coast.
Experience Bali, Producer: INTREPID360
Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing picturesque backdrop to its colorful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on Earth.
In the Gym with James DeGale, Producer: East City Films
Join British boxer James DeGale in the gym a week before his fight.
Black-Crowned Night Heron, Producer: Smithsonian National Zoo
A look at the black-crowned night heron at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
International Space Station VR, Producer: Mirage3D
International Space Station over nighttime Europe.
Virtual Pets, Producer: DryftVR
Virtual Pets! Check out some kittens and other pets up for adoption at the San Diego HumaneSociety.
Porsche Drives Long Beach, Producer: triggarVR
Take a ride in a Porsche GT3 around Long Beach, California.
If you’re a content creator, you can check out how to make and submit films at the website, to view the Gear Indie content featured here, you need to grab the Milk VR app for your Gear VR.