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TogetherVR: A Framework for Photorealistic Shared Media Experiences in 360-Degree VR

Martin J. Prins; Simon N. B. Gunkel; Hans M. Stokking; Omar A. Niamut


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{
  "DOI": "10.5594/JMI.2018.2840618", 
  "container_title": "SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal", 
  "language": "eng", 
  "title": "TogetherVR: A Framework for Photorealistic Shared Media Experiences in 360-Degree VR", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2018, 
        8, 
        1
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>Virtual Reality (VR) and 360-degree video are reshaping the media<br>\nlandscape, creating a fertile business environment. In 2016 many new<br>\n360-degree cameras and VR headsets entered the consumer market.<br>\nDistribution platforms are being established and new production studios<br>\nare emerging. VR is a hot topic in research and industry, and many new<br>\nand exciting interactive VR content and experiences are emerging. The<br>\nbiggest gap we see in these experiences is the lack of social and shared<br>\naspects of VR usage, as today&rsquo;s VR applications tend to be an isolated<br>\nendeavour. In this paper, we present TogetherVR, a web-based<br>\nframework for the creation and evaluation of social and shared VR<br>\nexperiences in which users can communicate with a high degree of<br>\npresence and in photo-realistic video quality. We further elaborate on three<br>\nmulti-user VR cases: watching TV together in VR, social collaboration in<br>\nVR, and social VR conferencing in a mixed reality setting.</p>", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Martin J. Prins"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Simon N. B. Gunkel"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Hans M. Stokking"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Omar A. Niamut"
    }
  ], 
  "volume": "127", 
  "version": "pre-print", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "issue": "7", 
  "id": "3730557"
}
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