USC News: Innovators of USC: Doctors have an eye on GIBLIB, the ‘Netflix of medical education’. “Imagine a surgeon being able to watch multiple surgical procedures in 360 virtual reality in order to determine the best way to operate on their current patient. In the past, surgical videos were difficult to locate and often of poor quality, with many being filmed on a cellphone or through a surgical instrument’s video feed. Believing that medical professionals would be interested in studio-quality educational videos, USC alums Brian Conyer and co-founder Jihye Shin created GIBLIB, an online library of curated, on-demand educational videos in 4K or 360 virtual reality. It ain’t cheap, but considering the cost of other educational resources it’s not ridiculous.
Engadget: ‘Aftermath’ is a 360-degree walkthrough of the Camp Fire devastation. “Camp Fire, the tragedy that killed at least 85 victims and destroyed around 14,000 homes across Paradise, California, continues to torment as residents start returning to the ruin as of yesterday. News channels around the world have been offering a sober look at what little is left behind the walls of fire, but not long after disaster struck, former Lytro exec Steve Cooper already sensed the need to capture a proper first-hand account of this unprecedented catastrophic event.”
India Today: Google Arts and Culture partners with Ministry of Tourism to explore Incredible India . “Google Arts and Culture has partnered with Ministry of Tourism to bring online a series of 360-degree virtual reality videos for the global Incredible India Tourism campaign. The key highlight of the partnership is a 360 video that takes users on a journey to some of the most iconic destinations in India.”
University of Texas at Austin: Students create tool to help journalists enhance 360-degree videos. “At every step, from early design to final build, the team worked to make it as easy as possible for journalists using ImmerJ to import finished 360-degree videos and enhance them with headlines, sub-headlines, captions in body type, graphics, 3D objects, and even conventional framed video clips. Journalists can do all without having to tinker with any of the computer programming that’s below the surface.”
Quartz: Despite global warming, some reefs are flourishing, and you can see it in 3D. “The videos themselves are an astonishing and important part of the project. Although the corals look computer generated, the videos represent actual reef systems shot with off the shelf DSLR cameras. They are assembled from as many as 4000 photographs, shot by divers who swim lawnmower patterns over the reef, snapping a picture every second. The images are then run through a software process called photogrammetry, which stitches the images together into a 3-dimensional whole, allowing the viewer to glide across the reef with resolution down to one centimeter.”
Google Blog: The world as you see it with VR180 . “We know that virtual reality videos can be really powerful, which is why we have invested in supporting 360 and VR formats for over two years. And today, VR video is the most popular way to experience VR. But, we’ve heard from creators and viewers who want to make and see even more immersive videos on YouTube. So, we’ve been working with Google’s Daydream team on a brand new video format, called VR180, that we believe will make VR content even easier to create.”
TechCrunch: Twitter for Apple TV adds live, 360 degree video and Periscope’s global map. “Twitter launched a version of its service on Apple TV and other media player platforms last fall in order to deliver its live video content to the big screen. Today, the company is updating its Apple TV app with a couple of new features, including support for Periscope’s Global Map and the ability to watch live 360 degree videos.”