Virtual audiences can now be transported to a sub-Antarctic penguin colony to immerse themselves in the lives of penguin species, thanks to a new 360-3D film; Walk with Penguins –  launched this month, for BirdLife International’s “Protect a Penguin” global campaign.

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Walk with Penguins in Immersive 3D Experience

BirdLife International want to bring the daily challenges and threats to penguins closer to its audiences, and worked with London-based virtual reality producer, Visualise, to create the high-quality 3D 360 film as part of its digital campaign.

During the five-month project to capture penguins in their native habitat, the Visualise production team traveled to the remote Falkland Islands in November 2016 (during the breeding season) and filmed incredible scenes using the Google Jump stereoscopic camera system in 3D 360, which provides unfettered, intimate action with penguins and their offspring.

Filming proved a major challenge, using untested camera rigs, including Google Jump and Visualise’s own stereo nodal slicer rig, on precipitous cliff faces and in remote environments with no infrastructure. The team had to balance the necessity of getting near to the penguins, to ensure great 360 shots, without upsetting the birds in their natural habitat.

In post-production, Visualise employed a number of new techniques for cleaning stereo footage using NUKE. Since the Google Jump camera produces small visual errors– which noticeably distort areas around moving objects – Visualise developed a workflow to remove almost all of these errors.

The film has been condensed into five minutes, and it is viewable on Facebook and YouTube 360—as well as through Virtual Reality headsets.

Source: BirdlifeVisualise

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