Many of us use TV shows or movies as background noise to our daily lives and tasks. It's more rare these days that we actually dedicate time to watching an entire movie outside of a movie theater.
Obviously, this isn't the case for everyone. But with movies more accessible at home than ever. Commitment and attentiveness are much less necessary than they used to be. Thanks to VR movies, however, that could all be about to change.
While watching a VR movie, it's hard to get distracted by cell phones. Other people, or anything else that may catch our attention. Thanks to that incredible, slightly awkward looking, headset. You can now immerse yourself in your favorite movie anytime. You're more likely to finish it too.
While virtual reality has been around for many years, it has yet to take off on the consumers market. VR has yet to prove to many that it has a place in their lives. It takes a great game or VR movie to get someone to really grasp the potential of this technology.
Why Should You Watch Movies In Virtual Reality?
Watching movies in VR is like no other movie experience you can have. You can move the screen, change the size of the screen, even choose the landscape in which you are sitting. If you don't have an in-house theater, a VR headset is the next best thing.
Thanks to your headset it becomes hard to get distracted from your movie. It makes finishing a movie in one sitting possible. VR movies make movie night at home fun again.
VR movies aren't available in perfect HD yet, however. That doesn't mean you'll be stuck watching 3D pixilated characters. But there is a bit of a screen door effect.
However as VR hardware continues to improve. The imagining will only continue to get better. Also, maybe someday it will even surpass how we currently watch movies.
What You Need To Know
About Watching Movies In VR
There are a few things to remember while watching VR movies. Such as taking a break once in a while, no matter how enthralling the movie is. Your eyes will thank you, and you can make sure your house isn't burning down around you.
Also, use good headphones. Watching a movie in VR is like a theater experience. So aiming for excellent sound only adds to the experience. Over-ear headphones often give the best sound. You can remove the Oculus Rift's built-in headphones.
Make sure to take time to fit your HMD properly. You're going to have it strapped to your face for quite a while, so make sure it's really comfortable on your face.
If you feel sick, close your eyes or remove the HMD. Action scenes can get a bit overwhelming at times, especially when watching 3D movies. So closing your eyes should immediately begin solving the problem. But removing the HMD and taking a breather may be what you need. Motion sickness is a common side effect of VR games and movies.
Best VR Movies
While there are no blockbusters available on VR just yet. There are a huge number of impressive VR movies have already been released. Below we have compiled a list of some of the best out there, which isn't too many yet.
From Nothing was inspired by the scene in Inception when the architect folds buildings at his will. The video and audio are created from a unique style. From Nothing is a beautiful VR world and a movie with a great theme.
Julius Horsthuis has created mysteries so beautiful and dreamlike; you never want to leave. Along with orchestration from Christopher Libertino. From Nothing is an experience that will leave you breathless.
Watch this movie by visiting Oculus store or Vrideo for fast download, and it can be enjoyed with Oculus device or VR gear.
The rising sound of streams and falling stones. Appears like a sunrise on an artificial but beautiful landscape designed by Stacaato. Surge is designed with open world music video.
Where you can explore many locations along with the outstanding virtual landscape. The rhythms synthetic track leads to wonderful VR experience for all users. Additonally, it has the potential to create powerful appearance even without any story.
This movie is available to download at Oculus store as well as at Kaleidoscope.
This short film, Colosse, tells the story of a spear fisherman. Also, the major focus of this VR movie goes on a giant golem.
VR allows you to watch anywhere without any prop specification needs. This open environment type filmmaking style of VR allows viewers to enjoy everything even if they do not follow the typical rules of a script.
To watch this movie you can go to Oculus store or Kaleidoscope festival.
Scary movies leading to terrible deaths at each step are difficult to watch. But with VR production techniques the effect becomes highly terrifying. With VR movies it becomes even harder for viewers to look away in terror. 11:57 is the type of movie that makes escaping a nightmare and the darkness that much harder.
This VR movie will keep you on the edge of your seat. Henrik explained the challenges faced by the team during the creation of this movie. Leichsenring, the co-director of a movie but the movie ultimately brings the real challenges to viewers.
11:57 is easily available at Google Play as well as Oculus store.
Walking New York
This movie is filmed by JR who is a well known TED award-winning artist. The 360-degree camera has created amazing wonders in every scene.
Also, this is a form of virtual journalism, inspired by when the camera crew rides a helicopter over New York City. They presented creative views of the streets. Even if you had never been to NYC, this VR movie would make it feel as though you walk the streets daily.
If you are using iOS or Android devices, then it is possible to get this movie easily from Vrse app.
First, Miyubi is a 45-minute Funny or Die film available in VR and featuring the indomitable Jeff Goldblum. Miyubi, which is made for Oculus Rift and Gear VR, fantastic.
The unique story follows a Japanese robot toy from the 1980s. It debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes International Film Festival.
It's available for free on the Oculus site, which touts it as the “world's first long-form scripted VR comedy,” and you'll need the Rift or the Gear VR to watch it
The Pull is an animated VR film available for free on YouTube. Only three and a half minutes, it's the shortest one on this list. But it's a great example of the creativity that a VR film can spark.
It features a series of zero-gravity experiments. Taking advantage of the 3D environment to insert the viewer into the action.
More viewing options are available at the official site.
The Protectors: Walk In The Ranger's Shoes
National Geographic's first ever VR documentary. Debuted in April at Tribeca Immersive's Virtual Arcade. It's co-created by director Imraan Ismail from the VR studio. Here be Dragons and by director Kathryn Bigelow, of Zero Dark Thirty and Point Break fame.
Documentaries are designed to be an immersive and educational experience. Because this one's in 3D, it takes a particularly immersive look at Garamba National Park. One of Africa's oldest National Park.
It's available on YouTube.
Firstly, Treehugger: Wawona is a dreamlike exploration of the giant sequoias. From a London-based design studio called Marshmallow Laser Feast. Despite growing hundreds of feet tall. Also, qualifying as the largest living organisms on Earth. Giant sequoias have become endangered.
This VR experience was built using data about the trees' history and biology. It takes an emotion-driven approach to display it. This VR movie treats the viewer as if he or she is a part of the world itself. Lastly, capable of peering through the earth and the wood to witness the trees from all angles
Millions March NYC
Director Spike Jonze is well known for Her, the Academy award-winning movie. He is well known for his approach to using film to draw attention. To the pains and discrimination people of color face daily.
He has created a documentary on the Millions March. That occurred in NYC, drawing over 60,000 protesters. In only 10 minutes, you will be able to feel that passion of protesters, and their anger. It tells the real story of pains and passion that otherwise history books. As well as news reports, can not, and often will not, present so tactfully.
It is available to download at Vrse app.
Watching VR movies is such an exciting and incredible experience. Furthermore, that can be had in any household in the world. Being able to immerse yourself for an hour or two. Into a totally fantastical world is such an incredible way to relax at home.
Thanks to your VR headset, finally you'll be able to finish your movie in one sitting. No more getting distracted by worries about chores. No texts or other apps to draw your attention away. The VR movie experience truly makes home movie nights a blast for anyone and everyone.