Paul McCartney’s Concert Released for Oculus Rift
Jaunt – a recent start up in the field of cinematic virtual reality – has recently launched an application that shot straight to the top of the popularity list.
Last month, Jaunt created massive waves in the music and virtual reality industry because of a 360 degree video released to the general public. The video clip was basically a live performance of Sir Paul McCartney singing the hugely popular “Live and Let Die”. When it was first released, the video could be downloaded on Android phones (with no charges required) and watched using the Google Cardboard smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). This week, the team behind the whole project at Jaunt has announced that they will launch support for PC and Mac. The music performance clip will also be made compatible with Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2).
The video has been shot and put together beautifully, giving the audience a chance to view the performance in full 360 degrees; it feels like we’re actually sitting right there in the hall! Seeing it in virtual reality is the next best thing to watching it happen live. The ever popular The Wings song (Live and Let Die) has been taken from a live show Sir Paul McCartney did at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, USA on the 14th of August 2014. The camera angles keep changing throughout the clip, giving the viewers glimpses of the hall itself, the artist, a view from behind Sir Paul McCartney and his piano, and a look from the front of the stage; so that viewers can feel like they were actually part of this amazing live concert. Viewers can enjoy the song and pretend like they’re attending the real performance, complete with the displayed pyrotechnics to add glamour and drama to the show.
The official website by Jaunt offers fans a chance to download the clip and watch it at their leisure. Jaunt has been slowly making a name for itself in the entertainment and virtual reality industries. The news and blog on the website announces the team’s desire to launch many more 360 degree videos in collaboration with plenty of big names in the entertainment world. Some of the videos they plan to launch soon are ‘The Mission’, ‘Kaiju Fury’ and ‘Black Mass’; all of which will be viewable with the Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Virtual Reality Times will keep following the progress on any further virtual reality videos scheduled to release in the near future and report back with additional updates.