Nokia Technologies today announced a partnership with Disney to explore the creation of virtual reality (VR) content in filmmaking using Nokia’s OZO, the world’s first VR camera, to film behind-the-scenes movie extras.
As part of the agreement, Nokia will work with Disney to provide equipment and VR technologies to support the creation of special VR content for a range of Disney films.
Virtual Reality represents a new frontier in storytelling, and we’re thrilled to be bringing this VR technology to the team at Disney,” said Ramzi Haidamus, President at Nokia Technologies. ” OZO will help Disney bring their film properties to life in new ways through immersive entertainment experiences, and our focus will be on helping them get the most out of VR as they begin to uncover all that it has to offer.”
Nokia Technologies president Ramzi Haidamus insists his camera won’t just be a “sideshow” for Disney films.
He says Disney is currently testing the Nokia OZO to create a variety of content, including original work — and that we should expect to see the making of a “very high-visibility movie” shot with the OZO.
We are very excited to collaborate with Nokia Technologies to help explore the creation of VR content for our theatrical releases,” said Jamie Voris, Chief Technology Officer, The Walt Disney Studios. “We aim to bring extraordinary experiences to audiences around the world, and specially-created VR content is one more way we can transport people even further into the worlds our filmmakers create.”
Nokia also has an exploratory partnership with 20th Century Fox, but Haidamus says that the Disney deal is the first where a film studio has committed to create content with the OZO camera and share it with the world.
This is more about making compliments to those movies, such as the 360-degree cast interview for The Jungle Book.
Nokia is one of the few companies building VR cameras specifically for pros, and what alternatives exist tend to be camera rigs rather than true, ground-up VR designs.
OZO gives Disney a ready-made tool that’s meant to plug into its existing video production workflow — it doesn’t have to bend over backwards to offer a virtual set tour.
About Nokia’s OZO VR Camera
Launched in November 2015, OZO is the world’s first and only virtual reality camera aimed at professional content creators.
The camera features real-time VR preview, 3D 360 degree spatial audio and video capture, full compatibility with professional workflows and multiple head mounted displays, and the ability to dramatically reduce post-production time, complexity and cost.
More About Nokia’s OZO
By pointing eight different lenses in eight different directions, the OZO can stitch together a spherical 3D video where you can turn your head to look in any direction. Put a VR headset on, and you can almost feel like you’re there — wherever “there” might be.
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