Last week, we co-organized a conference for journalists, storytellers and creatives who are interested in telling their stories in an immersive way.
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Our product Fader has been co-funded by Google’s Digital News Initiative (DNI). We (Vragments) have been able to team up with Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle in Bonn and France-based international broadcaster euronews in Lyon to focus on defining user-driven feature requests, testing iterations with journalists and building a solid technical infrastructure to launch a platform for immersive storytelling. Fader is a journalistic product, enabling storytellers to create and publish 360º/VR stories easily and fast. For more than a year now, the DNI-team has been nothing but supportive,
This February, we (Vragments) teamed up with Deutsche Welle to create a VR experience that started in 2017 with an ideation workshop and continued with a prototype workshop.
UPDATE: Video has returned on mobile platforms on iPhones with iOS 11.3+ Patience is a virtue. Currently, the most recent update for Chrome 65 (65.0.3325.109) for Android browsers is being rolled out. Unfortunately, this release introduced a bug for WebVR sites. Fader is affected by it, too. At least for now. The symptoms are: very slow vertical rotation and no horizontal rotation. This is a bummer, since we know our users would like to enjoy Fader stories on their phones, not just
Earlier this year, we conducted a VR workshop at Deutsche Welle AKADEMIE in Bonn, Germany. The participants wanted to learn more about immersive storytelling. Within two days, all DW trainees were able to come up with some very creative approaches to 360 narratives.
In cooperation with DW Innovation, Euronews, and numerous members of the international VR community, most notably VR/AR expo organizers DIGILITY, we launch the first VR/360 advent calendar today.
Last week, we held our third annual VR Conference for Journalism and Documentary.
We are honored to see that our VR project „Stasiverhöre – Manipulierte Geständnisse“ has been selected for Deutscher Radiopreis!
Three reports, published in 2015, 2016 and 2017, tell the story of an exciting medium and its road ahead.
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!
We have been working with the Center for Investigative Reporting on a first Fader use case for months. The outcome is incredible: A three episodes long mini VR series about Debbie McDaniel, a “woman with an extraordinary past.”
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!
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.
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