Muse in interactive ‘spherical’ video first

GRAMMY Award-winning prog-rock trio Muse is the subject of what is said to be the world’s first seven-camera spherical video, produced by Metropolis Studios’ Digital Media department.
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GRAMMY Award-winning prog-rock trio Muse is the subject of what is said to be the world’s first seven-camera spherical video, produced by Metropolis Studios’ Digital Media department.

Filmed over the course of the band’s two sell-out shows at Wembley Stadium last September, and produced by Metropolis’ Dan Ruttley, the new video utilises MATIvision spherical cameras positioned around the stage. The resulting footage allows viewers to use their mouse to rotate their viewpoint, zoom-in/out to focus on the action, and move between different physical viewing positions.

Considering a development that paves the way for a new level of viewer interactivity, Ruttley remarks: “We were really privileged that Muse wanted to adopt this technology to help showcase their latest tour. There is no band more perfect – their concerts are so dynamic and on such a grand scale – every time you turn the camera around something else incredible is happening. Most importantly their fans love new technologies so the response has been utterly incredible. My role as producer involved thinking about how the fans will view/use this material. There’s less for me to do outside of ensuring the camera placement allows them something to look at all the time from all angles, then it’s up to them to do the rest. They pan, tilt and zoom the cameras, then decide when to put an edit between camera angles. There are 7 angles per track, so that’s up to 56 minutes of video for each track. To see everything in each angle you’d have to watch quite a few times – you do the maths! There are so many new creative directions this technology opens up, it’s unreal!”

As for the contribution made by the Digital Media department to the overall Metropolis business, Ruttley tells PSN-e: “Metropolis, including our Productions and Digital Media work, has always been dedicated to serving the needs of the music industry and part of that is video content and cross-platform interactive or apps. We're working with musicians, management, labels, other video companies and music companies across all levels and formats from broadcast to digital and online.”

Initially released by the band as a Christmas gift to its email database, the footage is now available for all to view on the band's website at http://muse.mu/page.aspx?page=christmas2010.

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