In one of their most incredible 360 videos yet, Red Bull takes us in to the heart of an active volcano
It’s part adventure and part sceintific expedition, but it is 100% crazy! Red Bull’s latest 360 degree adventure video follows a scientific expedition inside an active volcano on Vanuatu in the South Pacific.
The video is part of a longer film, entitled Spitting Distance, which kicks off series four of Red Bull’s Explorers: Adventures of the Century online documentary series. You can watch the full episode here – http://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1MV742G3H1W11/spitting-distance.
However, the most interesting sequence has been uploaded to Red Bull’s Youtube channel as a 360 degree video. As the team can be seen preparing for the journey, you can scroll around the video as they visit local villagers. If you have a VR headset or a simple google Cardboard style viewer, you are able to turn your head from side to side, up and down, and watch the action from a first person perspective. The highlight comes at the end of the video where the expedition party abseil down in to the crater of an active volcano. As you stand on the basin, you can look down into the lake of lava bubbling just 60m below while the plumes of poison gases and steam created by the 2000°F (1093°C) heat swirl around you.
The Future of 360 Video?
Red Bull’s video certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted but it does show the huge potentional of 360 degree videos for transporting people to places that they may never get to visit, and the opportunities – particularly when it comes to education – seem huge.
With the latest update to YouTube’s iOS app now allowing 360 degree videos to be viewed with Google Cardboard (something Android users have been able to do for a while now), and with Facebook really pushing their own 360 video player, we are going to being seeing a lot more 360, VR and 3D videos in the coming months, especially with Red Bull and GoPro recently announcing a global partnership. There are also new 360 degree cameras coming to the market in the coming months, including Nikon’s KeyMission 360 camera, which we first saw at CES earlier this year.