Home entertainment has come a long way since the days of the stationary theater. Instead of being passive, you can now play a more active role in your viewing experience.
These top-notch videos will immerse you in various settings, from the memorable streets of Rome to the vast savannah of Zambia. Put on your headphones and clear some space in your living room so you can enjoy these wonderful and immersive 360-degree videos.
NASA: Cassini’s grand finale
The vastness of space has never been captured more beautifully than in this video of the final exploration of the Cassini spacecraft around the orbit of Saturn. The 20-year journey of this spacecraft is a marvel in itself, and the images that were collected will be invaluable in gathering information on how fast Saturn is rotating. Even if you’re not a big fan of astronomy, you’ll be captivated by views of Saturn’s atmosphere, the planet’s famous rings, and Enceladus, one of Saturn’s many moons. The voice of the narrator adds a nice relaxing effect to the images and also gives a sense of scale to the video.
Red Bull: Cliff Diving from a rocky ledge in Italy
Have you ever been interested in doing high altitude dives but are too afraid of heights? Now you can have this experience indirectly with this beautiful 360 degree video. The video is taken primarily from the divers point of view and covers everything from the hike to the edge of the dive platform and the plunge into the waters below. The camera perspectives add an immersive feel to the video, and the conflict-free simplicity of the video is a very welcome option. There are no bells or whistles; it’s just an athlete, a cliff, and a continuous movement.
National Geographic: Leones 360
Nature really comes to life in this short video about a young lion named Gibson and his journey to adulthood in Zambia. The camera places you in the middle of the savannah and as close as possible to these ferocious felines. Lions 360 offers an interesting story in which you discover Gibson’s struggle for survival while facing the threat of a dominant male lion. Taking full advantage of the capabilities of 360 video, Lions 360 allows you to view beautiful skiescapes and fully immerse yourself in open nature. Instead of feeling like a voyeur, you too will feel like a member of Gibson’s pride.
New York Times: We Who Remain
This captivating 14-minute film documents the lives of citizens caught in the middle of an ongoing war between the Sudanese government and the rebel forces of the North Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The film does not throw blows and opens your eyes to the difficulties of survival in a country devastated by war. Documentary makers are exceptional at capturing the landscape and setting a strong tone, allowing you to better absorb the stories of each of the film’s four themes. If you are looking for a short film that makes you think, you should check out We Who Remain.
What happens inside your body?
What Happens Inside Your Body is a fun and cheesy video that feels like a straightforward version of a magical school bus ride. Travel through blood vessels and internal organs as the narrator’s sweet tones inform you of how the human body works. The animation is impressive and the perspective gives the viewer a nice sense of scale over the vastness of the human body. Also, this video is perfect for kids or squeamish viewers because the organs are detailed without being graphic. If you are looking for a fun and educational romp, add this movie to your queue.
Shark Attack VR 360 °
Equal parts blood and horror, Shark Attack VR 360 ° places you in a small underwater capsule and makes you watch helplessly as a shark begins to circle in your vehicle. The tightness of the space creates a strong foreboding, and the brief shots of your fellow diver warning you from outside the capsule add to the throbbing terror. This short film excels at increasing the tension and even has a short funny interlude with another diver oblivious to the danger around him.
Rome: a guided tour of the city
Together with Daan and his girlfriend Elske, the viewer takes a tour of one of the oldest and historically richest cities in the world: Rome. The comment is refreshing and informative without being authoritative. Filming and camera work during the day make the various monuments look impressive. Additionally, Daan’s narration never feels stuffy or over the top, so the viewer feels less like a member of a field trip and more like a close friend and traveling companion. This movie is perfect for both frequent European tourists and anyone who can’t afford airfare right now.
360 degree experience rings
You don’t need to be a fan of the popular horror franchise to enjoy this short film that places you in a dark, ramshackle room full of televisions. This film takes full advantage of the potential of 360-degree video to produce startles by allowing you to look around the room and notice the various changes in decor. Rings 360 excels at creating and maintaining a dark and claustrophobic environment, cleverly using blackouts and sudden outages to increase feelings of isolation and helplessness. Fortunately, the movie is short, keeping the risks of a heart attack to a minimum.
Credit: National Geographic
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