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Company

Hello again

Here is a list of stuff that we have accomplished together with our partners at Deutsche Welle and Euronews.

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Fader

We are currently testing sharing options for #faderstories

Here’s a Fader story inside our blog! You can now share your stories created with Fader via iframe tag on your blog or web site. When you’re happy with your results, just set your project to be publicly visible. Cool thing is, improvements and added features get into your posts without any added efforts. We added Twitter and Facebook sharing to further help you spread your story organically!

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Fader

Our Fader prototype is up and running

These are exciting times for us. Google’s Digital News Initiative has announced their second round of funding and we are proud of being considered yet another time. We aim to build a VR tool – Fader – that turns your story into a VR experience. Easy, fast and web-based!

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VRJournalism

#VRsuchskaninchen: Five items to read, watch and listen to

Diving headfirst into that VR rabbit hole, I was given a lot of great VR examples that helped me understand the issues and possibilities of this medium. This list was curated with the help of those people who first introduced me to VR production, so please enjoy their wisdom as did I. 1. The woman pioneering VR cinematography This 30 minute Youtube video is a great primer for everybody coming from regular framed video production – it was the first thing

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Events

VR in Berlin

This week is a good week to be in Berlin. Especially, if you are a VR journalist or if you are interested in VR storytelling. Then Berlin is a good place to be right now. Why? Well, first of all, we are organizing Berlin’s first VR Journalism Hackathon.  This is exciting because we bring together a group of journalists, designers and programmers to start prototyping for VR journalism projects. It starts on Wednesday at 10am, the hackathon is organized by us

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VR

#VRsuchskaninchen: Wonderland worries

As far as my VR exploration at Vragments went, „Alice in Wonderland“ absolutely became my go-to literary reference for the last weeks’ experience. At first it was just GIF-inspired fun, when I compared my first VR production with the first chapter of Lewis Caroll’s iconic story.

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VR

Come & Apply for our VR Journalism Hackathon

We teamed up with Deutsche Welle Akademie, Mediadesign Hochschule and The Center of Investigative Reporting to bring Europe´s first VR Journalism Hackathon to Berlin. The future of storytelling will not solely rely on flat screens. The stories of tomorrow will offer a door to actually step into them in order to explore and experience them first-hand. What is needed now are experiments and brave pioneers. Because journalistic experiences in 360 or in Virtual Reality will once again change and enhance the ways

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VR

#VRsuchskaninchen: Down the rabbit hole!

Here it is: My first attempt at a 360 degree video – constructed, shot and edited within a week.  But – thankfully – not without some great help. When I started this project with VRagments last week I contacted a couple of colleagues and friends working in film and picked their brains on VR and 360 degree video production and two  of them – one filmmaker, one journalist –  decided to join my first project. Working together on this first video helped a lot, as it didn’t

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VR

#VRsuchskaninchen – Day 1: Virtual is my new reality

Max Koschyk is a multimedia journalist, currently holding a Deutsche Welle editorial fellowship. For the next four weeks, she will be our #VRsuchskaninchen, produce journalistic VR formats and test the VRagments tool Fader.  Versuchskaninchen, das [Noun] (neutral); genitive: Versuchskaninchens, plural: Versuchskaninchen (volunteer for an experiment),  guinea pig Exactly one year ago, I would not have thought I might be producing my first VR story by the end of this week. In fact, one year ago, I wasn’t even sure I would

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3D Engine

Creating “Stadtmitte in VR” – A Technical Perspective

Creating the virtual reality experience of Berlin’s Stadtmitte subway station was a valuable experience for us. Over the course of a little more than 6 weeks, we had a relatively short time for developing this gamified and immersive experience and it provided quite a few unique challenges for us. Our Marcus Bösch already talked about how to design a playful VR experience. This post will focus more on the technical issues we faced. Since we were targeting for multiple platforms and

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Events

Meet us at the Long Night of the Sciences

Meet us at the Long Night of the Sciences (#LNdW16) on June, 11th and check out our latest VR project in cooperation with Technologiestiftung Berlin and BVG. In this project, we turned Berlin subway station Stadtmitte into a virtual reality experience. With “Stadtmitte in VR“, we show users how digital data can enhance daily activities: easily finding your way through the concrete jungle, knowing where to buy metro tickets quickly, meeting your friends at the right metro exit. Innovative technologies can guide you through

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Fader

Fader

We’ve been working on Fader for a few months now. So what do we aim for with Fader? Fader allows journalists with little or no programming skills to create VR experiences easily and fast. With Fader, we want to specifically cater to journalists who can use their already existing content (anything from 360° videos/photos, but also text, audio, documents and content they find on social media) and arrange the content according to their needs and then publish their VR story quickly. It all

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Events

Coming full circle at this year’s Techraking event in Berlin

Wow, it has already been one year since we last attended a Techraking event in Berlin. Last year, the event actually inspired us to start VRagments, so it was a big deal to us. Since then, we’ve been to a few more Techraking events, one in Paris and one in D.C. The event in Paris was exciting because we got to talk about our ideas for the first time in public. Berlin-based @VRagments working with @CIROnline@TreyBundy on #Fader: A VR tool for

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Events

Talking immersive journalism at re:publica

This year, re:publica celebrated its 10th anniversary and our team was present in a few of the panels. Marcus, Stephan and Linda talked about the challenges and great opportunities of immersive journalism, immersive arts, how art is changing the internet and of course, we discussed our product idea Fader. As a co-founder of The Good Evil, Marcus has been highly engaged in the contemporary digital culture discussing controversial issues evolving around reality, immersion and the electronic superhighway. Let him take

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Weeknotes

The Weekly Week #6 – VR Storytelling

Discussing F8, Storytelling and going to Mosul with the Economist. If you were wondering how long a week can be or if this section should be renamed to The Monthly Month – we are still here. Busy working on our product Fader and apart from that Marcus was in Sicily picking oranges and contemplating about VR Storytelling. He checked the stuff you can find on the Internet and was pleased to see the article The Storyteller’s Guide to the Virtual

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