This week we look at capturing and delivering immersive virtual reality content and we get some tips on tailoring news for the Apple Watch.

PART 1: Creating VR content

As more news organizations jump into immersive virtual reality storytelling, we highlight a few options for putting the finished material online and explore some of the complications of creating immersive VR content.
Reporting by Andrew Hébert.

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A few options for viewing and uploading immersive VR content:

  • Littlstar hosts immersive 360-degree content from major media brands like Showtime, Disney, Discovery, PBS, etc. for viewing on its website and across a variety of devices via its proprietary apps. The company launched an Apple TV app in December that enables users to watch 360-degree video on a television and use the Siri Remote to rotate the view. Content from Littlstar also can be incorporated into other companies’ apps or websites.
  • Jaunt offers an integrated VR system that includes camera equipment, image processing and editing tools and a cross-platform viewer that can display content on the Oculus Rift and in apps for Android and iOS.
  • ShrimpEyes, based in Germany, hosts 360-degree, 3-D and virtual reality media content for playback on any devices or headsets with a working Web browser. Other details are explained in the site's Q&A.
  • Vrideo enables viewing and uploading of “immersive video,” which founder and CEO Alex Rosenfeld explains “isn’t always fully 360° or spherical, and while it’s best experienced in virtual reality, it can also be experienced on the Web and on mobile devices.” The Vrideo support page includes troubleshooting tips for uploading videos and for viewing them on various VR headsets.
  • YouTube began enabling users to upload 360-degree video last year. Files need to be processed to include necessary metadata. Processing of the file upon upload can take as long as an hour. Instructions can be found here.

PART 2: News for the Apple Watch

Among the first news outlets to optimize a mobile app for the Apple Watch was NBC News Digital Network’s Breaking News. We sat down with co-founder and General Manager Cory Bergman to get some insight into the possibilities offered by the wearable platform.
Reporting by Adam Pressler, Reuben Stern and Rachel Wise.

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