COSMIC FRONT NEXT STARGAZING IN BOLIVIA&CHILE VR
COSMIC FRONT NEXT STARGAZING IN BOLIVIA&CHILE VR

NHK’s space-related program Cosmic Front Next created a VR video that allows viewers to experience the star-studded skies

Our first destination was everyone’s dream location – the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia, South America. We successfully filmed for 12 hours without interruption, the world’s first ever 15K omnidirectional footage during new moon at the end of the rainy season in early March. When the winds stopped blowing, thin layer of water created an amazing mirror reflection of the numerous stars and nebulae.

We then visited the Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert in Chile. As 4 Very Large Telescopes observed the movements of the stars, the center section of the Milky Way appeared.

 

2 Viewing modes

Movie Mode:

As the winds stopped blowing on the Uyuni Salt Flat, the entire view was covered with stars making us feel as if we’re lost in space. At the Paranal Observatory, enjoy the collaboration of the Milky Way and the Very Large Telescopes.

Slideshow Mode:

Access omnidirectional pictures in their original resolution (15K×7.5K pixel) and enjoy high-resolution film materials. You can zoom in to look through the stars of the Milky Way, the scenic view of Uyuni Salt Flat and the Very Large Telescopes.
 
About the camera system

High resolution omnidirectional camera system MAKIBISHI

The high resolution omnidirectional camera system MAKIBISHI and the controlling device designed by us allowed a maximum of 12 hours of time-lapse shooting of 360-degree surrounding scenery and a horizontal viewing angle of 260 degrees from the zenith to the foot of the camera.

 

About the music

This footage uses original music written by composers Shiho Terada, Ippei Inoue and Kazune Hirai for “Cosmic Front Next.”

Product information

Product Name: COSMIC FRONT NEXT STARGAZING IN BOLIVIA&CHILE VR
Platform: PlayStation®4 (PlayStation®VR required)
Genre: Unique
Release Date: 2017-10-31
Publisher: ORIHALCON Technologies, Inc.
Developer: SCALE Factory Inc.
No. of Player(s): 1
Age Range: All ages
Language: Voice:
Subtitle: English
Copyright: NHK / OKASAN Securities Group