Virtual Reality Foundation Certificate
April 25 @ 6:30 pm - May 23 @ 9:30 pm
VR, AR, 360 are topics you're hearing a lot about these days. It's hot, it's hyped, but what exactly is VR (as distinct from 360 and AR)? What tools and equipment do you need? And how do you tell a story through this new medium?
Raindance's new 5-week Foundation Certificate introduces you specifically to Virtual Reality from a filmmaking and gaming perspective. What are the basic processes and tools to tell a VR story? Where is the VR market today in Canada, and what are the opportunities?
This course provides a solid foundation to the VR field and presents current information from a leading VR content creator in Toronto. The course combines discussions on methods and distribution platforms. Participants will view VR projects and get interactive play with equipment in each session.
Week 1: Intro to Virtual Reality
A comprehensive introduction to virtual reality where we discuss the history of the medium, the current uses in film and gaming, and the tools to create this content, as well as a look at the emerging platforms for distribution. In this session, we also demo the latest exciting experiences on the Google Daydream headset, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.
Week 2: Live Action Virtual Reality
Part a) Live Action VR: Storytelling in VR
What does telling a story in virtual reality mean and how is it different from conventional filmmaking? In this course, we look at this new medium and how it’s shaping the way people are telling stories in a 360-degree environment. By looking at the challenges and opportunities of immersive storytelling, we explore the tips, tricks and techniques to ensure you’re prepared to make your next virtual reality experience a masterpiece. Live Action VR: Advanced
Part b) Production Techniques
Shooting live action content for virtual reality can be complicated as new camera technologies are announced on a monthly basis. In this session, we take a look at some of the successful ones.
Week 3: Post-Production Techniques for VR
Introduction to Post-Production Techniques
Kolor software: work flow & stitching
In this session, we go over the post-production workflow for dealing with 360-degree footage, starting with ways to stay organized, ingest your footage, stitch in Kolor, and synchronize and calibrate your stitch. We discuss issues such as colour matching, bad synchronization, fixing the stitch when you have parallax issues, and working with colour points. Stitching can be hard work and takes practice, but the aim is that once you understand the underlying techniques, you'll feel more confident about starting -- and finishing -- your projects.
Week 4: Advanced Post-Production Techniques
Adobe Premiere & After Effects software: Editing & motion graphics in VR
In this session, we explore the workflow for editing your footage together using Premiere and After Effects. We discuss advanced techniques such as rig removal, creating titles and graphics, as well as creating transitions between shots. We'll also look at how to export your footage at the highest possible quality so your works looks great when people put on a headset and immerse themselves in your content.
Week 5: Volumetric Video Capture
Accessible Volumetric Video adds a new dimension to filmmaking. We'll talk about and demo DepthKit. By adding a depth sensor to your video camera you can film compelling performances in immersive 3D. DepthKit is a suite of tools that allows you to capture, edit and publish volumetric experiences.