Structural Montage for Immersive Cinema: an Experiment in Transposing Fulldome to VR

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  • Structural Montage for Immersive Cinema: an Experiment in Transposing Fulldome to VR

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    For the experiment presented here, we have transposed an immersive film that was designed using the structural montage approach, a film for large-scale, public viewing in a fulldome planetarium theater, into a personal viewing sphere on a virtual reality headset. The goal was to test the technical constraints and perceptual conditions that arise in the VR format for an existing fulldome film. How do the reduced resolution in both the image and audio components affect the immersive experience? How does the reduced angle of view and fixed screen distance change the perception of the film? The poster includes workflows for image transposition from a fulldome, “fisheye” master to a equirectangular, “lat-long” format suitable for headmounted display and the conversion of a premixed, 5.1 surround soundtrack to a binaural stereo mix.

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