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Red Hot Virtual Reality

Red Hot Virtual Reality

Just one week before the Red Hot Chili Peppers took to the stage at Kraftwerk Berlin for their “Getaway” World Tour as part of the Deutsche Telekom’s Street Gigs concert series, producers determined they were not equipped to deliver Germany’s first-ever 360˚ virtual reality live streaming concert. The event was staged and the VR capture was set. But there were concerns that the solution in place could not encode the output to get a reliable, solid stream at a reasonable bit budget. Producers called in Elemental for its proven VR encoding to ensure that fans at the venue and beyond in Germany, Austria and Switzerland would enjoy an unprecedented look at this iconic group of rock stars.

The September 6 concert went off without a hitch. It was captured by four Nokia OZO 360˚ virtual reality cameras placed on stage with the band, in the first row, and above the audience to provide panoramic concert views. Each of the cameras included eight 2K x 2K video sensors to produce full spherical output. An Elemental Live encoder produced the live stream for delivery to YouTube. Viewers could access the 360˚ stream on an array of devices including the Samsung Gear VR or iOS and Android phones using Google Cardboard and the YouTube app. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Edge browsers all supported viewing in 360˚.

Thousands of fans beyond the concert hall tuned into the VR experience as the band premiered new songs from their Getaway album and played long-time favorites, including Snow, Californication and Under the Bridge. An interview with lead singer Anthony Kiedis in 360˚ ahead of the show gives insight into his thoughts about performing in VR and the full concert is available on demand in HD on YouTube.

To learn more about how Elemental and Nokia work together to enable real-time VR experiences, register for the webcast, Virtual Reality Goes Live: Moving Beyond the Hype on September 21 at 8am PDT.