A declaration of love to Berlin – in 360°
Published on 10.07.2015
Maybe it still jerks sometimes, or the slow Internet connection does not allow all the brilliance. But at this moment they are in the midst of the video revolution: virtual reality. It will shape the Internet, cinema and also computer games in the coming years. We at” Welt ” are also experimenting with virtual reality in journalism. As the first major news site in Germany, we publish self-shot 360 ° videos.
Our video reporters Martin Heller and Susanne Höb drove through Berlin with the 360 ° camera, from one highlight of the city to the next. If you want to dive even deeper into Berlin: We have put our tour online in a longer version with several parts. You can find them on Youtube in our playlist with 360 ° videos or in the account of the “Welt” at the player “Kolor Eyes” of the French virtual reality company Kolor. Further recordings, for example from the Queen’s Suite in the Adlon or from the Elbphilharmonie, can be found on our theme page.
In these videos, you can decide for yourself where to look. There are various possibilities:
On the smartphone and tablet: lifting, lowering, turning
Youtube also plays 360 ° videos. You can access the video as usual with your smartphone or tablet. You can control the viewing direction either by swiping on the touch screen or by raising, lowering and turning the device around. Alternatively, you can also use the free “Kolor Eyes” app (Android, iOS). You control the viewing direction just as you do with Youtube.
On the computer: looking around with a mouse
For desktop videos, we use Kolor’s video player. Simply navigate with the mouse or with the directional arrows on the keyboard. The manufacturer of our player recommends using the browser “Chrome” from Google for this.
With VR glasses: perfect virtual reality
If you even have virtual reality glasses, select the “Glasses” icon. If you then play the video and put it in your glasses, you will experience the walk across the Charles Bridge in a particularly authentic way – as if you were in the middle of it yourself. You can also build such glasses yourself from cardboard, here you will find instructions.
If you still have a problem here and there: With us, it did the same in some browsers. The technique is still in its infancy. But we’ll stick to it. And you can help us improve the experience. Feel free to share your experience with us in the comments section below. “Welt” reporter and VR expert Martin Heller regularly blogs about new developments in the field of virtual reality-especially in journalism.