The musical experience of violinist Joshua Bell is the first content recorded with this technique that allows us to lean or move, and not just look around as usual in these videos.
The American violinist Joshua Bell take the leap to virtual reality with your new exclusive experience of PlayStation VR, in which he recreates a live performance of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1. The experience has been recorded in 3D and 360º, and has binaural sound and absolute positioning. Which means that we can not only watch in 360º, but also tilt and even move a little, achieving something unique for that type of videos. Unlike other techniques such as the 360º volumetric recording used by Intel, this new technique that Sony has created consists of emptying the room of the nearby elements and recording each element in isolation to then join them all in a computer recreation, which if carried out correctly, then the magic is created.
The techniques that were used to isolate and capture the elements were similar to those normally employed in Hollywood special effects, which allowed them to generate the entire scene in 3D, including all the small superficial details, maintaining the shape, size and scale. The audio of the experience adapts to the distance, so if you get closer to Joshua, you will hear all the details of his violin, and if you step back, you will be able to appreciate the natural echo of the room.
Grammy Award-winning Joshua Bell has a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor. The Sony team was researching new techniques for filming live events, so they teamed up with Bell to put them into practice. The experience is free to download via the PlayStation store, so we encourage all PlayStation VR owners to try it out and share your opinion with us.