Steye & The Bizonkid – Music Video Released for Oculus Rift
Virtual reality has really begun to expand in all seriousness regarding our entertainment industry – be it film, music or games.
A lot of people have been releasing films and music videos designed specifically to be viewed on virtual reality platforms. It has become a sort of trend, and every major brand label and music band seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. Since this is still a relatively new area, there are a lot of mistakes and glaring issues coming up in these films and music videos. Directors, producers, bands, and developers are all looking into how they can resolve these issues and make their output better than before. The main issue that they seem to be facing at the moment is how to make the user or viewer focus on the exact part they want to highlight, at the right time; along with transitioning between two or more shots without a jarring difference from one scene to another. These are important problems that must be addressed as soon as possible or these entertainment moguls will start losing their fan base.
Interestingly, a new music video released by the popular band Steye & The Bizonkid might have a solution to some of the concerns listed above. Making use of the Oculus Rift headset for virtual reality, the music band has released a new 360 degree music video of their song ‘What Do We Care 4’. This video however, is not your usual virtual reality music video where the viewers are made to feel as if they’re sitting beside the main artist. To create a more organized and original point of view in the video, the developers have been experimenting with some new ideas. The developers added actual arrows within the music video to guide the viewers about exactly where to focus while listening to the song. Another quirk they added was putting a box over the viewer’s head while he or she is involved in the music experience to allow for quick changes in props and costumes.
These two examples might seem like strange, too obvious solutions for a problem that has to be faced more subtly; but at the moment, it works with a quirky and charming feel to the music video. Of course, these would not work while viewing a serious drama film. The video for What Do We Care 4 can be downloaded by going to the band’s official website and through the Oculus Share portal. It supports both the first and second development kit by Oculus Rift (DK1 and DK2). Virtual Reality Times will keep following updates by Steye & The Bizonkid and report back with the latest progress.