Want to take VRStorytelling, but can’t get in? There’s hope!

To current Syracuse University juniors, seniors and grad students you know who are interested in virtual and augmented reality: As in past semesters, the fall offering of my Virtual Reality Storytelling class has been filled. We are looking into the possibility of opening a second section that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-12:20 pm. But to do that we need enough students to sign up. The new section is now open in MySlice with these course numbers: Undergrads: NEW 400, course number 20722 Grads: NEW 600, course number 20723 If...

HdM School Unity Bootcamp

Part 1: What is VR and who can it be used in journalism? Presentation - Dan Pacheco. Part 2: Different flavors of VR.  Mobile -- primarily 360 video. Try some apps in Cardboard. Sit-down, swivel-chair with game controller (Oculus). Full walkaround (HTC Vive, Daydream in the future). Let's see some examples (in 2D for now, sorry). Part 3: Unity - What can it let you do? Gaming engine, but doesn't have to be just for games. Immersive news projects, like Harvest of Change. Most projects from Emblematic and anything walkaround in...

4/26/17 Lecture Notes

It's our last class! And we have a guest who is applying for a faculty position. He will speak first for 40 minutes, followed by the following presenters for 20 minutes each: 5:15-6: Guest speaker, on the potential for using VR in education. 6-6:20: Grant Albee 6:20-6:40: Alex O'Toole 6:40-7: Alec Posner 7-7:20: Kyle Miller 7:20-7:40: Fatima Bangura The rest of class is for final projects. Please also take the class survey.

4/19/17 Lecture Notes

It's the second to last class! Can you believe it? 5:15-5:30: Housekeeping Final project due date is Monday, May 8 by midnight. This gives me time to view everything in VR with rests for nausea, and still make my own May 16 final grading deadline. Industry news Finds 5:30-6:15: Presentations William Wheeler Josh Rosenblatt These also still need to present by the last class: Grant Albee Fatima Bangura Alex O'Toole Alec Posner Kyle Miller Remaining time: Final project work time I will try to check in with each of you...

4/12/2017 Lecture Notes

5:15-5:45: I'm back! Report on Jason Webb and Maya. Anyone make a 3D model? Check out my 360s of Italy: Perugia and Assisi Any ideas for adding a good storytelling layer? International Journalism Festival: Check out the video of the panel, and EuroNews 360 (run by co-panelist Thomas Seymat). Assignment 8, Playmaker. Extending deadline to Friday. 5:45-7: Research presentations Shradha Rao William Wheeler: VR in Space Trang Tran Sarah Luo   7-7:20: Enabling your Unity scenes for the HTC Vive. SteamVR Plugin VRTK Plugin 7:20 on: Project work time, or try out...

3/29/17 Lecture Notes

5:15-5:30: Housekeeping Congrats to Greg, Kyle VR news Sundance recap, discussion New York Times feedback Drone journalism seminar FYI, 4/21-24 5:30-6:30: Presentations Nadine Chryssann Logan 6:30-6:45: SkyBox VR Tools in Premiere 6:45-7: Using Fuse, Mixamo and Playmaker together 7-8: Final project work time    

3/22 Lecture Notes: Presentation day!

5:15-5:25: Welcome back! 5:25-5:35: A few notes: Sundance Ignite on Tour starts tomorrow at 5 p.m. in innovation lab! See the full schedule here. Please add your name for the VR Journalism Workshop signup if you want to attend, and want pizza. (Don't worry if you aren't into journalism, you can still come and get feedback). Journalism 360 challenge is open with an April 10 deadline. Each grant is around $35,000. Got any ideas? I am entering one with a previous student, and can for your ideas too. Check out Student Life 360...

3/8 VRStorytelling Lecture Notes

5:15-5:30: Housekeeping Week after next: pitch your final project. Use the Ignite format (see http://ignitetalks.io). Details here: Elevator Pitch. Sundance. Remember these dates and times! Flyers will go out in email soon. Thursday, Mar. 23 from 5-7 p.m., hands-on workshop with three VR professionals from Emblematic Group (After Solitary / Out of Exile), New Reality Company (GIANT / Tree) and New York Times Daily 360. Thursday same date, 7-9 p.m., special student invite-only walk through of all of these. You are all invited 🙂 Friday, March 24: 9 a.m. -...

3/1 Lecture Notes: Introduction to Unity3D

5:15-5:25: Recap from last week Assignment 5, your own individual 360 in the style of The Daily 360. Due next week. 5:25-5:45: Research presentation Tanya Monthakarntivong: VR in healthcare 5:45-6:15: Unity: What can it let you do? Immersive news projects, like Harvest of Change. Most projects from Emblematic and anything walkaround in the Vive. Export for Mac, PC, and other platforms like gaming systems. Even the web! Let's look at that Harvest of Change project in Unity. 6:15-7: How Unity works. Follow along! Now you will create a scene in Unity3D. If...

2/22 Lecture Notes

5:15-540: Updates - We have a Blackboard site! But don't worry, it's only used for one purpose. - Upcoming USA Today 360 video internship. If interested, let me know. - Last week of video! Today is primarily a work day but I can also work with you to update your videos with 2D Skybox text if you like. - Next week we start Unity. DON’T MISS THIS CLASS OR YOU WILL FALL TERRIBLY BEHIND! - I’ve added three possible presenters for each week’s class starting immediately. Make sure you sign...