The social network, Facebook, recently launched an exclusive Star Wars video that lets you look around 360-degrees.
Earlier this year, it was reported that the popular social network, Facebook, was working on a ‘virtual reality’ video application that would allow users to freely look around while the video is playing. According to the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, virtual reality is the next big computing platform after mobile and tablet devices.
In celebration of the brand new Star Wars film that comes out in cinemas during December 2015, thousands of fans were given the opportunity to explore the harsh desert that iats Tooine in an exclusive 360-degree video.
The 56 second clip, which was created by the amazing special effects team at Lucasfilm, allows users to look in any direction, at any angle and see the aftermath of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in first person.
The video can be watched on computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones and more, and can be controlled by either moving your mouse or finger around the screen. You will also be able to tilt your mobile device in different directions to make the virtual reality experience even better.
At the moment, iOS users aren’t able to interact with the video on their devices; however, Facebook is planning to roll out the feature within the next few months that will allow them to do so.
You can interact with the video yourself by clicking here.
Although Facebook hopes that virtual reality videos become more popular with its users, the process to make said videos aren’t as easy as you may think it is. A special set of cameras are used to help record all possible angles of a specific place, which is why you are able to freely look around.
The engineering director for video at Facebook, Maher Saba, said: ‘In the future, users will be able to create their own 360-degree videos to share with friends…’
He followed by saying: ‘Imagine watching 360-degree videos of a friend’s vacation to a small village in France or a festival in Brazil – you’ll be able to look around and experience it as if you were there.’
‘There’s also a whole world of video creators and storytellers who are at the cutting edge of exploring this medium, and over the coming days, they too will be able to upload their 360-degree videos to Facebook.’
Facebook isn’t the first company to take advantage of this new feature. Earlier this year, the video-sharing site, YouTube, introduced the technology by integrating it with some of their videos.
Exploring deep underwater or outer-space may be sooner than you think, and this exciting new step in video production could inspire even more people to potentially make the next blockbuster movie.
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