Hulu – This is for VR only releases. I watched The Path, which was a 2 minute meditation. The voice over was a little creepy but the spatialization and visuals were stunning.
Cirque D’ Soleil – Zarkana – This is a short but sweet promo for a bigger thing? Great spatialization. Cool platform.
The last thing I want to look at is “Escape the Living Dead”. Also pretty well done. You are in a truck during a zombie attack. Spatialization worked pretty well and although the visual effects were cheap, I’m a fan.
Then I watched “Invasion”, which was an animated thing and had good spatialization. LoVR is an animated recording of neural transmission which is really interesting concept. The video of this is also really good and kind of fun to watch as a timeline experience with lots of text and other graphics but as far as I could tell, the audio was not spatialized.
I don’t really care about sports so I skipped that genre and went to the travel section. The first one that I looked at was Machu Picchu, which is beautifully shot and as far as I can tell the audio wasn’t spatialized. Then there was a documentary about a town in China that built their own Eiffel Tower. This was also not spatialized. The Nepal film was not only beautifully shot but spatialized and was done really well. Probably the best thing I’ve seen / heard so far.
Jaunt is a collection of films. I chose music and there were three different things available Fuerza Imprevista, a Paul McCartney concert and Steye and the Bizonkid. The Fuerza Imprevista, was really great with good localization but was a little discombobulated at times. The and Steye and the Bizonkid was also really good music video but stereo only. I couldn’t give two shits about Paul McCartney but I tended to watch the crowd more and the music was sort of spatialized but not really or not very well done as far as I could tell.
Next VR is complete garbage. It started with mostly sports and political debates. When I went further back in time, I found a film called Pfeiffer Beach. Cool visually but it was slowed down and the sound didn’t match and was only in stereo and only 1 minute and I heard somebody talking in the middle of it. Treasure Island was the same. Golden Gate had no sound at all. The Coldplay video had a cool perspective but was only 180 degrees and not spatialized. The Canelo vs Khan fight highlights were hilarious though because the boxers looked like midgets.
Catatonic is a horror film. The spatialization was pretty good but not perfect. I really liked the way that everything was edited and how they moved me through the rooms without motion sickness.
How about this U2 video? This is spatialized although the mix is kind of strange. Bono is right next to me but there’s all this reverb on his voice, which doesn’t match the expected reverb from the arena they are in. There are cool transitions into the different people singing and spatialization was pretty good. I was pretty impressed with this video.
Now I’m going to look at Squarepusher – “Stor Eiglass”. I’m kind of excited about this. I haven’t even watched this on the iPad, but Squarepusher always does some really interesting things. This is visually really cool. It’s a very bright, primary color, cartoonish, candy sort of like Problem Solverz. Damn it! The music is just stereo. Another fail.