HTC Has Released Its First Feature Length Virtual Reality Movie
Vive Studios, HTC’s virtual reality development and publishing arm, has just announced the release of its first ever feature-length virtual reality film 7 Miracles. The new movie will be available on HTC’s virtual reality platform as well as on Android devices through the Google Play Store.
HTC adapted the VR film from the seven miracles of Jesus and bases the content on the Gospel of John, according to information from Vive Studios.
The seven part episodic virtual feature has a run time of up to 70 minutes and will be Vive Studio’s first ever feature-length cinematic experience. On 3rd October 2018, the VR film premiered in the Raindance Film Festival, which is the largest independent film festival held in the UK.
The feature-length virtual reality film was produced by VIVE Studios in collaboration with the Los Angeles-based virtual reality and augmented reality studio Panogramma. The Film Production Consultants also collaborated in the project. Leveraging on the state-of-the-art virtual reality capture technology, HTC used both volumetric video capture and photogrammetry to generate the images in 8K.
HTC has announced that the VR film will be available on its VIVEPORT platform for HTC Vive at a cost of $19.99. The film will also be available on all Android devices through the Google Play platform for a price of $9.99.
Compatibility of the VR feature-length film with other platforms and virtual reality headsets such as iOS and the VIVE Wave platform will be unveiled at a later date. HTC will also incorporate new 3D room-scale scenes onto the film in future updates that will provide viewers with even more immersive PC-VR experiences.
The 7 Miracles VR movie will incorporate a combination of storytelling with the use of the latest virtual reality technology to connect audiences to the immersive experience in a compelling way.
After losing out in the smartphone market where it saw its global market share drop from a peak of 10.7% to less than 1%, HTC has pivoted towards the virtual reality market. In 2019 alone, the Taiwanese tech company is expected to ship a total of 800,000 virtual reality units this year according to analysis by Topology Research Institute based in Taipei.
HTC launched its global diversification strategy with an aim of padding its losses in the smartphone market where it had been routed by competitors. HTC’s first virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive, was launched in 2015 and the first shipments made in April 2016.