Condition ONE – a Canon HDSLR based virtual reality system for news

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We found this story on while doing additional research for our interview with Dan Chung – we'd also heard about it when making this report: ‘“Hell and Back Again” by Danfung Dennis wins Sundance WORLD CINEMA GRAND JURY PRIZE – DOCUMENTARY‘ but there weren't many details (and there still aren't many either), but we're digging into this story and hope to have more soon.

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Condition ONE

From their website:

Condition ONE is a mobile media technology company developing the tools and platform for leading filmmakers, photojournalists and visual storytellers to create powerful immersive experiences for next generation devices to engage a global audience.

Ok, but what does that mean really?

Danfung Dennis and Condition One are attempting to define a way of reporting on news via a new virtual reality application that will initially come in two modes. First the video is recorded with Canon HDSLRs and some additional unnamed equipment giving a 180 degree vision of what is in front of the camera. This will give a more viewer focused view of the action being reported. Then, it can either be projected on to a dome (1/2 a sphere – kind of like going into some domed imax theaters I guess) or it can be viewed on an iPad – where the motion sensor of the iPad will let you scan around the view in front of you seeing small bits of the scene (see the demo video below for more info).

the Demo Video

My Freedom Or Death – Condition ONE Beta from Danfung Dennis on Vimeo.

Condition ONE is a mobile media technology company developing the tools and platform to combine filmmaking, photojournalism and mobile devices to pioneer powerful immersive experiences.​ConditionOne1​danfung

The Libyan desert near Ras Lanouf
March, 2011

Demonstrations have given way to bloody conflict. Battle lines sway back and forth as the Benghazi-centered ragtag rebels combat Tripoli's mercenaries and loyalists. Pro-Gaddafi forces mount their first coordinated offensive, exposing the rebels as woefully untrained and unorganized. Defiance turns to anguish when casualties mount. Slivers of hope rest on defecting army generals and foreign intervention.

Photojournalist Patrick Chauvel brings us this immersive video from the rebels' front lines. “It's a very sad story,” he says. “These guys are students, they're hairdressers, they're bakers, bankers, philosophers, teachers. They are no military.”

Chauvel is concerned for his safety. Gaddafi loyalists target the media and could cut off any escape. Four New York Times journalists are missing at the time and an Al Jazeera cameraman dies in the days that follow. Patrick says fighting in the flat, open desert divides the rebels into two camps: lucky and unlucky. Shelling hits at random, missing by hundreds of meters one moment and striking a direct hit the next. Chauvel fears the misses are the warning shots. He plans to escape before the battle becomes a massacre.

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Mode: R&D Beta 1.2

So, what do you think of that?

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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  1. Being able to pan back and fourth with an iPad is interesting. The static shots just look like they were shot on an extreme fish-eye, I found myself focusing on the distortion, it bugs me.

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