The Fight For Falluja In 360 Degree VR Video
In the latest VR video immersive journalism, New York Times journalist and his translator experience firsthand the battles Iraqi forces as they pushed through the important strategic city of Falluja from ISIS. The city has been under control by the ISIS for the past 24 months.
Thanks to 360 VR video technology, New York Times, and YouTube 360 video platform, we are able to experience the frontline as if we are there in person, where ISIS fighter are just few hundred meters away. We can only imagine how dangerous it can be for the journalist.
It seems quiet at first, but suddenly gun fires goes off right before their heads. Immediately the militia fights back with assault rifles. At the same time, just four miles outside of the frontline, tanks, artillery, personnel carriers, and few thousand troopers are coming together to march into the city.
They finally reach the center of Falluja, where ISIS fighters are just a few blocks away. Artilleries fighter jet, and helicopters are all firing at them.
Watch closely in 360 VR immersive journalism as Iraqi special force fight street by street. This is the most dangerous time of the fight, as the ISIS soldiers stand their last ground. This is the same battlefield where the US soldiers fought at back in 2004. These ISIS fighter’s last mission is to fight to their death.
Finally, in the video, we can the the last ISIS have fled or been killed. The Iraqis solders hold a captured ISIS flag upside down as signs of disrespect.
Although it seems like a happiness moment as the city gets returned to the city of Falluja, the civilians citizen that used to reside in the city of Falluja are now living in refugee camps.
Simple Guide on How To Watch and Interact W/ YouTube 360 Degree Video
YouTube supports playback of 360 videos from the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers. Safari is not supported.
From mobile and tablets
To watch and interact with YouTube 360 videos, be sure to you have updated your device with the latest version of the app.
For viewing YouTube videos, you will want to copy the title name below
The Fight for Falluja | 360 VR Video | The New York Times
then open the YouTube app, and paste into the search box.
For an immersive experience, you can watch 360 degree videos with Cardboard via the YouTube app. Once the 360 video is launched, simply click the Cardboard icon on the lower right corner and insert phone into the Cardboard.