360 Stereo Tour at Kent State University

Digital Sciences students at Kent State University completed a VR tour guided by television commentator and CNN host Carol Costello, shot in 4K 360 stereo. This was a collaboration involving a year long Capstone project with media, film, project management, and technology. This project gave students a taste of what a production of this scale would take from idea to completion. The next step would include sharing this experience with prospective students, alumni and other potential partners through a Google Cardboard campaign.

 

 

The Design Challenge

Digital Sciences students at Kent State University were given a design challenge by Student Media to develop a new way to engage with students.

The Goal

Digital Sciences Capstone students considered not only the challenge at hand to engage students but then imagined ways to reach potential students and generate awareness for some of the exciting opportunities in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) department. The main goal of the project extended beyond the deliverable 360 tour, to additionally consider further mediums for the delivery and use. The team focused on story, engagement, immersion, and communication.

Research

"Okay now where do we begin?"

Cameras

What resolution? Final output? What color depth is possible? What camera settings should be used for each location? How many do we need? How do you sync all the cameras? How much? Stereo?

Camera Rig

What camera rig is best? What price?

Stitching

What software is best for seaming all the images together?

Pipeline

How do you bring all the footage together and view it properly? How do you manage the files and keep them all organized? This file management question was one of the greatest challenges. What production management software? 2K, 4K, or 8K stereo output? Stand alone app or Google cardboard?

Host

Who will be the main talent? "Without an appealing host it's just another virtual tour."

Carol Costello, an alumna of Kent State CCI, joined the team after being presented early storyboards and a elevator pitch of the project.

Story

Why 360? Why immersion? What is the story? Students undertook the challenge of scripting out a thread to keep the users and audience engaged while delivering information and showcasing the space. The boards presented not only the space composition but also the planning and choreography through this space.

Production

Several test shots evaluated cameras, settings, file management, and overall process.

Production Management / Nuke Cara VR

14 cameras were shooting simultaneously, while file organization, shot notes, three wireless mics, and months of rendering and testing followed.

Example Production notes

TV2-1: TAKE 01

testing in 2.7k 4:3 W, 30fps, ISO at 400, sharpness low, shutter auto, white balance 3000 Kelvinsmiddle of camera lens from ground 59.5 inches, 48 inches off stage front

 

shots from the production

 

Shot of production 1

 

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The Team

Colton Luxenburg - Lead Student Production Manager

Key Student Members

Sultan Alatawi   

Jacob Beresh   

Tyler Boggs

Johnny Che   

Franklin Chesney

Alex Christman   

Blake Cortright   

India Dove   

Joshua Erkard

Nicholas Evans   

Evan Gilner

Mitchell Hitchcock

Brooke Honkonen

Anna Huntsman

Catherine Lawson   

Stephanie Martzaklis

Mike Oyler

Jaden Parise

Joseph Racey   

Ian Silverman

Julia Stephens

Sarah Sturm

Christine Tran   

Brandon Waters

Brandon Young

DMP Students

JMC Students

VCD Photo Illustration Class

VCD Grad Students

Student Media

 

Director/Professor

Scott Bogoniewski

 

Special Thanks

Carol Costello

Amy Reynolds

Kevin Dilley

Susan Zake

Jeff Fruit

Scott Hallgren

Christopher Darling

Tim Bell

Sarah Tancredi