Two Bit Circus Technology Powers World’s First VR Synced Theatrical Film Debut
Two Bit Circus VR provided the underlying technology making the world’s first VR synced theatrical film possible.
October 29th, 2015 (Los Angeles) In mid-October, a virtual reality horror experience called “ Parallaxed” debuted in San Francisco at The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics. The film was played on over 20 Gear VR headsets that were wirelessly tethered together, syncing the attendees viewing experience and making it the world’s 1st VR synced theatrical screening. The underlying technology was developed by our VR team at Two Bit Circus, who recently upgraded our VR syncing solution.
The virtual reality syncing platform created by Two Bit Circus VR was originally made using single Bluetooth connections, allowing multiple VR headsets to view the same piece of content together. Shortly after its inception, the technology was invigorated to run off of a locally networked WiFi broadcast, operating at a higher frequency. This gave the syncing system the ability to playback virtual reality experiences with fewer errors and at a broader distance. This makes the connection more robust, reliable, and scalable.
“At Two Bit Circus, we developed a system that is able to sync an unlimited number of Gear VR headsets. VR is kind of isolating. We’re trying to bring people a more social experience. — Aaron Thomen, Lead Engineer at Two Bit Circus VR.”
During the debut, attendees sat down on swivel chairs with 5.1 surround sound speakers positioned in the corners of the room. After putting on Gear VR headsets, the horror film, produced by Premo VR, was triggered remotely with the press of one of the buttons on the Two Bit Circus Sync Box.
“This is a huge first for the world of VR cinema,” said Keegan Kuhn, Parallaxed Co-Director and Cinematographer. “We are first to bring the 360 virtual reality experience directly to the hands of movie watchers who’ve been waiting for some sort of action to come from all the buzz around the capabilities of virtual reality video and movies.” The results included some powerful reactions shown in the video linked below.
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