Behind the Scenes: 360° Virtual Reality Video – Cubemaps

(Update: Very honored that the developers of the Mettle Skybox Suite have reposted this process on their Skybox Studio blog)

Here is the original article: How We Made A 360° Virtual Reality Video Without A 360° Camera

Below are some views of the 360 degree virtual reality video cubemaps

The 360° fully immersive virtual reality environment was created without a 360° camera and reverse-engineered from a cubemap and a fusion of handcrafted panoramic images sequenced with custom textures, video and music.

Here are some views of the cubemaps

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Excerpt from article:

Skybox

We found an open source 360 equirectangular panoramic image and applied the Skybox script within After Effects. Skybox Extractor normally takes the footage from a 360 degree camera and makes it possible to edit it undistorted in After Effects. Within Skybox though is a converter which converts footage into fulldome, cubic cross (cubemap), spherical, and equirectangular formats.

When we saw the cubemap image from within the Skybox conversion, we figured why not export out that image and use it as a guide to build handmade cubemaps in Photoshop and then swap out the cubemap within the Skybox script extraction. With a few adjustments, that gave us the ability to create the 360 degree space without 360 footage. We added the green screened video of the singing parts as layers in After Effects.

Skybox - Mettle - Love of Avalanches 360 Video

Skybox Studio allows you to display your video as Skybox Edit, Skybox Preview and Skybox Output.

“Love of Avalanches” 360-degree video launched on YouTube Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

See the video here:

Please watch in FULL HD and use VR headsets or Google Cardboard and a smartphone.

“Love of Avalanches” is the second single from the upcoming album, “Love Will Heal” – delving into an alternative, balladesque and mystically chant-like atmosphere with words from the gods.

The track will be available through iTunes, Spotify and other music distributors on April 7, 2016.

OH. is a rock and metal multi-instrumentalist — guitar (electric and acoustic), bass, drums, violin, piano and percussion and sound engineer who mixes and masters her work. She released her debut progressive rock EP “Sleeping World” in 2013 with the award winning video “Trials – A Song for a Lost Generation” and metal album vinyl release, “Synemotion” in 2015.

The new album, “Love Will Heal” is a venture into a balladesque alternative sound. The album is set to be released in the fall of 2016. The title single for the new album “Love Will Heal” was released in August 2015. “Love of Avalanches” is the second single from the album.

Reviewers compare the timbre of her voice to Sharon Den Adel, Anneke Van Giesbergen, and a cross between Kate Bush and Tori Amos, her musicianship to Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, emphasizing her unique style, as one said, “She defies analysis somewhat as Queensryche” with distinctive sound of her own.

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See also: How We Made A 360° Virtual Reality Video Without A 360° Camera

Reviews

“This is a fantastic song and cutting edge video from the artist OH. This lady is always one step ahead of everyone else and she is a multi-talented artist with incredible talent. This will not get out of your head once you hear it!

It is a must watch! If you have a virtual headset you are in luck! Even without the equipment it is worth checking out.” – Keith “Muzikman” Hannaleck (rateyourmusic.com)

Olivia Hadjiioannou, Ολίβια Χατζηιωάννου, Oh., Press photos, Official Photos, Music, News, Greece, metal, RockMulti-instrumentalist and director Olivia Hadjiioannou as the artist Oh. has been honored for her ingenuity, innovation and creativity in music and video with multiple international awards. She made her debut as Oh. on the international music scene with the award-winning music video, "Trials" in 2013 – cited as one of the 50 top events to mark Greece during the economic crisis. With the advances of immersive video, she released her single "Love of Avalanches", mentioned in Huffington Post as one of first 360-degree immersive VR videos released by a Greek artist on YouTube in 2016.

The music video "Red Lion" is presently a winner and official selection in 12 film festivals worldwide. Winner of Best Music Video award in the inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) in Cannes, France. Winner Best Music Video at the Cosmocinema Film Festival in London. Winner of the Best Music Video Short in The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival that took place on May 25, 2019 at The Producer’s Club in New York City. Winner Best Experimental Mixed Media Short Film at the Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in Southwestern Crete in Greece. Read more in her Bio and EPK

The EP “Metallia” has received over 32 reviews from 13 countries worldwide, is in top 10 progressive rock and metal charts and listed as one of the best albums of the year for 2018 on Metal Nation Radio.

CD Metallia - Oh. aka Olivia Hadjiioannou

“Metallia” by Oh. is an epical prog-metal composition in six parts. A multi-layered sonic piece of ravishing solo electric guitars, time-bending tempo shifts, grooving bass lines and deranged drums.

This instrumental progressive metal album will reveal its intricacies and hidden depths over time. It will extract from your mind pure visions, to mend your mental pictures, preen presumptions and to elicit an element of the unexpected…. because that is what will transmute your subliminal mind map into a remarkable blueprint which will lead you from wherever you are now, to wherever you want to be.

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