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360 Video Spotlight: National Geographic and The New York Times and CNN
Today, I came face to face with an elephant, accompanied Iraqi forces as they fought to retake Falluja, and I rode along with police officers in Flint, and I tended bar for Don Cheadle, and I examined the aftermath of an earthquake.
Storytelling is evolving and thrilling and sometimes dizzying. Here are three examples of how we might expand our traditional lenses on story.
1. National Geographic has been growing a very cool YouTube playlist of 360° Videos. These videos allow us to see things differently–to fly above the the canopies of the giant sequoias, to plunge into a Caribbean coral reef, or to go back in time to experience the breadth of a Viking battle.
Currently 17 videos allow you to experience a natural or historic setting by spinning your device to see the scene from multiple angles. Online, the video is pretty cool itself, but it’s far more spectacular when you view the experience on Google Cardboard or another virtual reality viewer.
You can keep up with new releases on the NatGeo Facebook page.
Filed under: augmented reality, National Geographic, video
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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