START VR PARTNERS WITH NOKIA FOR OZO VIRTUAL REALITY CAMERA
Sydney, Australia-based virtual reality studio Start VR today announced its partnership with Nokia Technologies, the VR studio will be showcasing the Nokia OZO camera – a groundbreaking stereoscopic virtual reality camera for professional content production.
The OZO camera debuted in North America in November 2015; this partnership will usher in new productions at Start VR, which will be among other companies in the region to benefit from the camera’s capabilities, including spherical and stereoscopic video capture with spatial audio array.
“Start VR is a company turning out an impressive slate of VR projects, from interactive films to brand stories to business and educational VR applications,” says Malachi Bierstein, Nokia Technology Head of Sales, Digital Media. “After meeting the company’s highly talented Head of Content Martin Taylor, Start VR became our top choice for a collaborative partnership whereby the studio would be the first to champion the OZO camera in the Australasia region. What we are impressed with is Start VR’s cinematic approach to VR and their active work in developing the VR community in Australia and, along with it, the OZO.”
Start VR’s Head of Content, Martin Taylor, included, “This camera is nothing short of amazing; beautifully built and really does mark the arrival of true cinematic VR. We are very excited to put Nokia OZO through its paces in a series of exciting VR projects in the coming months and to demonstrate the camera at our scheduled conferences and showcase events throughout the year. We cannot wait to share the results.”
Adds Start VR Co-founder and CEO Kain Tietzel, “We are honored to be working with Nokia in this way, to be the first in Australia to showcase the groundbreaking OZO camera. Our chief storyteller Martin Taylor has been championing OZO as a way to significantly improve the quality and scale of a wide range of VR productions.”
“Start VR invites Australian brands and content creators to partner with us on test shoots over the next few months, designed to explore the advanced capabilities of the new VR camera technology,” Tietzel states.
Using cutting-edge technologies offered by the OZO, Start VR will continue to pave the way in the virtual reality industry by creating compelling and innovative VR experiences. The OZO extricates itself from competitors through its ability to produce VR livestreams, which no other virtual reality camera has been able to accomplish.
The camera features real-time VR preview, 3D audio support that syncs with 360-degree video capturing, full compatibility with professional workflows and multiple head mounted displays, and the ability to reduce post-production time, complexity and cost.
About Start VR
Start VR is a cinematic virtual reality studio, creating highly immersive experiences and interactive content. A leader in longer form VR entertainment that resonates with viewers, the company is known for its compelling narratives and best of class, blockbuster-quality visuals, introduced most recently by the highly acclaimed Samsung Gear experience “VR Noir.”
Thanks to the in-depth industry knowledge and vast technical experience of Start VR’s team, the company consistently turns out polished, critically acclaimed experiences that are not soon forgotten.
Start VR’s beautifully made work is designed to spark unprecedented levels of engagement and viewer involvement, pushing the envelope to explore the storytelling capabilities of Oculus Rift, Gear VR, HTC Vive, Sony PSVR, Daydream and Google Cardboard – and platforms still to come.