Earlier this year NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries launched their new Virtual Dives and by now they released four wonderful immersive 360 experiences!
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL DIVE?
It is the ability to view national marine sanctuary from every angle, an opportunity to experience their environment even without the need to get wet. These virtual reality voyages use 360 degree video to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary. Through these virtual dives NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries hopes to inspire the next generation of ocean stewards, and generate the understanding of the interconnectedness of the waterways to the ocean and Great Lakes.
In order to create those virtual dives, there is a need in technology that produces high quality 360 degree images, having ease of workflow and reliability. The resolution should be sufficient for headsets such as Oculus and social media. Nick Zachar, a contract filmmaker for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation found all these criteria in underwater spherical camera Boxfish 360.
HOW TO CHOOSE UNDERWATER 360 CAMERA
We asked multimedia producer and filmmaker Nick Zachar what is the most important criteria in underwater rig and on the top of his list were reliability. It is highly important to be able to capture what needed when go out. The Boxfish 360 has proven to be a very reliable product in the field, and it has been used successfully all over the globe from the heat of the tropics to the cold of Antarctica with incredible results.
Another major point needs to be considered when choosing an underwater VR/360 camera is the time and resources. The post-production phase of creating a video takes longer than the actual shooting, especially in VR/360 filmmaking. The workflow that Boxfish has implemented speeds up stitch and post-production, allowing to create more experiences in a shorter amount of time.
Some spots as caverns and wrecks require additional lighting, so definitely consider environment and take advantages of ready solutions for your 360 camera as a lighting rig.